New to The Beatles: Rock Band?

You’ve just purchased The Beatles: Rock Band and you can’t wait to start playing. But, if you’re not familiar with Rock Band or other rhythm games, it can be hard to know where to start and what to do. The Getting Started guide will help you set up and have you playing the game in no time.

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Most Popular Questions

How can I purchase downloadable content?

From the main menu, select “MUSIC STORE.” Songs are purchased through your console’s store and ready to play immediately after purchase.

The timing of the game seems to be off. What do I do?
  1. Some TVs, especially high-end TVs, have trouble keeping the audio and video in sync with each other. In other words, the audio and video aren’t playing at the exact same time. You probably wouldn’t even notice this when watching a movie or TV, but if you’re trying to play a rhythm-based video game, it will be VERY noticeable and problematic. If it seems as though you’re hitting all the notes correctly but the game says that you’re not, you may need to try calibrating. Calibration can re-synchronize the video and audio.
  2. Before you start calibrating, check to make sure that your console is running at the highest resolution your TV supports. If there are component or HDMI inputs, use those to connect your game system. This is important. Using composite cables with a high definition TV will result in worse lag, as the TV buffers up some of the video to perform filtering on it. Then check the console’s available resolutions, and set them as high as your screen can handle.
  3. Next, check your TV for something called a “Game Mode” setting. If available, this sets your TV to the lowest possible lag. You may have to dig around in your manual to find it. Not all TVs have this option.
  4. Now you’re ready to calibrate. Go into The Beatles: Rock Band and select “CALIBRATE SYSTEM” from the “Options” menu. Follow the instructions provided by the game. Now go back and try your new settings in the game – This should work most of the time, but different television brands do have different lag times. If the timing still seems off, try going back into Calibrate System and select “CALIBRATE MANUALLY.” Again, the game will instruct you from here.
  5. Adjust Audio/Video sync. This will determine how far apart the sound effects and the visual display are on your system. Move the slider to the left and right until the little icon is passing through the target at the exact same time that you hear the accompanying sound effect. This can be tricky, so sometimes it helps to move the slider way out to the right, figure out where on screen you hear the click, and then move the slider back to that point.
  6. Lag Compensation. This figures out how long it takes between when you send input to the system and when the system receives it. You should try the auto compensation first, before attempting this manually. Strum, drum, or hit a button as the icon crosses the target in the middle of the screen. If that still feels off, you can adjust that number up or down a little bit with the manual option.
  7. Overscan. If you’ve got black borders around your TV (where it doesn’t seem like the game image is taking up as much of the screen as it should) check this option to enlarge the game image. Checking or unchecking the overscan box won’t affect your sync at all; it’s just an aesthetic thing.

Okay, you’re done! If it STILL feels off, just go back and try playing around with the variables manually until you find something that “feels” right. In extreme cases, try going through an external audio source or turning off Dolby Digital® 5.1. We have yet to find a TV setup this won’t work for.

How do I get the microphones to work with The Beatles: Rock Band?

One of the microphones, wireless or USB, requires a standard Xbox 360, Wii, or PlayStation 3 controller to bind to – you’ll need to have a basic controller AND a microphone plugged in to navigate menus and play. A microphone with a built-in controller is the exception to the aforementioned rule. The additional microphones will not need controllers.

NOTE: If you have no instrument connected and your microphone does not have built-in control buttons, you must also have a controller connected in order to navigate the menus and set up the game.

Make sure to download the latest patch for your Xbox 360. It allows for three wired microphones so you can utilize the vocal harmonies feature in the game. Head to for more information on how to obtain the update.

All Together Now!

You can play The Beatles: Rock Band with nearly any music-game instrument you already have; the game is fully compatible with most existing music-game hardware. Full details, fine print and other good stuff here

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ESRB rating ©2009 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Beatles: Rock Band developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. The Beatles is a trademark of Apple Corps Ltd. ‘Apple’ and the ‘Apple logo’ are exclusively licensed to Apple Corps Ltd. Harmonix, Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Software cover photo from the private collection of BRUCE A. KARSH. Guitar Hero is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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