One hat I've been wearing since I was 14 is soundtrack ripper. I always wanted copies of the GH soundtracks (with their neat, actually pretty great soundalike covers and all the cool bonus tracks) to listen to on my iPod, free of sound effects and PS2 SPU grime and processing. Since then, I've been putting together nice, sorted boxsets of them for whoever wants a copy, and the list of games I've ripped only grows.

These all come from the game files. No Clone Hero rips, no transcodes, encoded direct to FLAC for absolutely zero quality loss (especially important, seeing as some of these games store their audio already lossy, albeit very good lossy). FLAC and MP3 versions are available, because listening your way is a right. :marf:

Finished rips

  • Guitar Hero (FLAC, MP3)
  • Guitar Hero II (FLAC, MP3)
  • Guitar Hero II DLC (FLAC, MP3, and does not include the GH1 songs for obvious reasons, though I did use those versions in the GH1 boxset!)
  • Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's (FLAC, MP3)
  • Amplitude (2003, not 2016) (FLAC, MP3)
  • FreQuency (FLAC, MP3)
  • Rock Band (FLAC, MP3)
  • Rock Band DLC covers (FLAC, MP3)
  • Rock Revolution (only MP3, since I only cleaned up the 160kbps mixdowns already in the files using MP3DirectCut)
  • Rock Revolution instrumentals (only MP3, see above)

Soundtracks to do/in progress

Karaoke Revolution 1/2
Technically done, but unmastered and unassembled. If you don't know, the Karaoke Revolution games are where Harmonix started using WaveGroup covers; two GH covers, "I Love Rock n' Roll" and "You Really Got Me", actually started life with the Karaoke Revolution set, not with their respective GH games.
These had to be ripped from the Xbox port of the game because no one's cracked the VGS format the first three games use, and without script editing capabilities for freecam/venue modes, getting cover art and all the things I'd like to have with the full boxset are a non-starter. That said, if you really still want them, email me ( and I will hook you up with what I've got in FLAC. Just mind that it's not sorted.
Karaoke Revolution 3/Party
As said above, KR 1/2/3 all use a bizarre version of VGS that our tools don't work with, so as of right now, 3 can't be ripped. Party, on the other hand, is very GH1-like in its file formats, so those are piss.
Rock Band 2/3/Lego/etc.
Nothing concrete, but likely given a few years. These games all used masters for their songs, so there's less incentive to do mixdowns. Still, I love RB2's soundtrack, and they're all pretty solid and I can get first-gen audio rips for all of them, so maybe.
Guitar Hero III/Aerosmith
Eh, maybe. III used some soundalikes, as did Aerosmith, but I don't know of a tool that can rip them from the game files at current, and that's my big requirement. (I'd rather not use the PC version's 128kbps MP3s as a source.)
Guitar Hero: World Tour/5/etc.
Very distant maybe. World Tour and onwards used all master recordings like the later Rock Band games, and I have basically no nostalgia for them, so likely not. But hey, anything's possible.

I have some more non-rhythm game rips and downmixes on archives, if you're curious.