Many people seem to be having trouble passing the Rocksmith soundcheck. I have passed the Rocksmith soundcheck using several guitars. Following is how I do it.
Guitars I have used to pass the Rocksmith soundcheck
I have managed to pass Rocksmith‘s soundcheck using the following guitars:
- Yamaha F310P acoustic guitar using a transducer (piezo) pickup blue-tacked behind the saddle on the body of the guitar
- Ibanez miKro GRGM21M (¾-size electric guitar)
- Cort Earth-Mini guitar (¾-size dreadnought travel guitar) with a piezo pick-up clipped to the headstock
- Jose Ferrer El Primo classical nylon-string guitar (½-size) with a piezo pick-up clipped to the headstock.
Yes, that is right. I passed the Rocksmith soundcheck using a ½-size, children’s, nylon-string guitar with a $2 eBay piezo pick-up clipped on to the headstock! On the other hand, the Ibanez MiKro electric guitar with the volume set at five, passed the Rocksmith soundcheck with ease.
How to pass the Rocksmith soundcheck
Guitars put out a wide variety of sound levels from their electronic pick-ups. I suspect that my kid’s classical, nylon-string guitar using a $2 eBay pick-up clipped to the headstock is down the bottom end of the scale. At the other end are expensive electric guitars with hot pick-ups.
By undertaking the soundcheck, Rocksmith seems to be trying to identify the maximum sound level that your guitar can put out. Rocksmith then adjusts the game’s internal sound level accordingly. This ensures that the game functions properly and the various musical elements are in balance, including your guitar.
By getting you to undertake the soundcheck twice, my theory is that the game wants you to try harder on the second soundcheck, thereby playing the loudest possible!
So give the game what it is expecting by doing the following:
- Soundcheck #1: starting strumming moderately loud, increasing your strumming volume to loud (do not play the loudest possible)
- Soundcheck #2: start strumming loud, increasing strumming to very loud — your absolute loudest possible. Use a firm pick and play both the down and up strokes to maximise the strumming volume produced.
This technique to pass the Rocksmith soundcheck has worked well for me on my acoustic and classical guitars. My electric guitar passed without needing to use this technique. Let me know if it works for you in the comments box below.