If you don’t have an electric guitar or simply want to use an acoustic to play Rocksmith, now you can! Use a USB microphone as your input device, point it at your acoustic guitar or bass, and enjoy strumming and picking in Rocksmith without a Real Tone Cable. (We still recommend using the Real Tone Cable for best results and the most direct/cleanest signal input for any guitars with pickups.)
It’s worth noting that you might want to do some experimentation with this new mode. There are lots of different microphones out there, and lots of different shapes, sizes, and styles of acoustic guitars, too. You’ll want to test microphone distance and positioning for best results, and it helps if you’re in a relatively quiet room when you play. There are a lot more random and variable factors that can affect Microphone Mode instead of playing with the Real Tone Cable, but a few tests and tweaks on your end should get you good results. Feel free to visit our official forums to discuss your tips and tricks with other acoustic players.
Want to just play along without plugging in? You got it. You no longer have to have a Real Tone Cable plugged in to play along with Rocksmith – note detection is deactivated, and you can just read the notes on the screen for more casual practice sessions.
How To Switch Input Method
From the Main Menu, select the Path/Input option located at the bottom of your screen.
On the next screen, locate the Input option and and toggle the slider to select from Real Tone Cable, Microphone, and Disconnected.