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Music Game Pioneer Wavegroup Announces Rock Band Network Lineup

by Jeff Cork on Jan 19, 2010 at 02:32 AM

WaveGroup’s name might not be familiar, but if you’ve played a rhythm game since Guitar Hero on you’ve likely experienced its handiwork. The company has handled the audio production end of things for the first few Guitar Hero games before moving onto Rock Band. That included recording the cover versions for older games (remember the days before master tracks were the standard?), mixing tracks, and other assorted knob-twiddling tasks.

WaveGroup is now transferring its audio talent to the Rock Band Network. The company announced that it is working with a number of musicians and bands, preparing their songs for when the Rock Band Network Music Store goes live.

"WaveGroup is the premiere production team for interactive music videogames and I was thrilled to partner with them on my songs," said guitar icon Steve Vai, who is one of those musicians. "Now I can jam with people in the comfort of their own plastic!"

The announced acts include the following, with more said to be announced in the weeks and months ahead:

Steve Vai
Widespread Panic
Gov't Mule
Reverend Horton Heat
Stroke 9
Galactic
Rebelution
Bif Naked
Assembly of Dust
Nick Gallant
Kid Beyond
RX Bandits
Jet Black Kiss
Doug Doppler
Austin Willacy
The Humans
Rain Dogs

What do you think? Is your wallet singing out in anticipating of these artists? Does Rock Band DLC hold your interest in the same way it did after the game launched?