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The Beatles

Cedar Audio have made the game possible

Cambridge firm help Beatles game

A computer game based on the influential band the Beatles has been released thanks to a Cambridge firm.

A computer game based on the influential band the Beatles has been released thanks to a Cambridge firm.

Rock Band: The Beatles allows gamers to play instruments along to the Fab Four's most famous hits.

However it was proving difficult for developer Harmonix to separate the layers of music in the tracks.

Fulbourn-based Cedar Audio was allowed access to the Abbey Road studios to help engineers with its software to edit the songs.

Beatles

The game allows players to perform hits

The game is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2009 and is available on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 consoles.

The game requires players to use a replica guitar, drum kit or microphone to hit notes when told to do so on the screen meaning it was essential to split all the different instrument sounds from the original master copies.

Cedar Audio's managing director Gordon Reid was asked to go to the band's Abbey Road studios in London to help get the most out of his company's own software.

He said: "Listening to individual tracks of Beatles recordings you realise they're not what you think.

"I was listening to the bass line from Paperback Writer. It gives you a completely different impression from when you listen to the whole finished track.

"It shows how brilliant they were at taking relatively straightforward elements and combining them into something completely masterful."

Cedar is well known in Hollywood after supplying audio technology for films such as Spider-Man, the Lord of the Rings and a re-mastered edition of Star Wars but Gordon admitted the Beatles project is up there with the best.

He said: "I've been in the privileged position of hearing and manipulating these individual Beatles tracks. To have been into Abbey Road and worked on this project has been an enormous privilege."

The game features 45 Beatles songs including worldwide hits I Want To Hold Your Hand, Day Tripper and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds as well as iconic settings such as the Liverpool Cavern Club, Apple Corporation rooftop and the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

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