Rocksmith 2014: How to play without the Real Tone Cable

Rocksmith 2014

In this post I’m gonna show you how to play Rocksmith 2014 using a normal cable. If you’ve never heard about Rocksmith, well, we could say that it’s like Guitar Hero played with a REAL guitar. And when I say REAL, I’m not meaning a controller made like a real guitar, like the ones you can use in Rock Band 3: i mean a real guitar, like the one you could already have at home, or even a bass. I’m not gonna discuss the possibility to see this game as a tool for learning to play an instrument, but personally, as a guitar player, i’m enthusiast of being able to play a game that gives you an authentic guitar experience and, at the same time, lets you practice guitar and learn new songs. Plus, with the included gears, you can play like a rock star!

After the success of the first Rocksmith, Ubisoft released a new version of the game, with an improved gameplay an other cool features.


The Rocksmith 2014 Real Tone Cable

How does this game work? Everything is possible thanks to the so called Ubisoft Rocksmith 2014 Real Tone Cable: a cable that connects your electric guitar jack output to a usb port on your pc (or XBox or PS3). You can buy the bundle containing the game and the Rocksmith 2014 Real Tone Cable (same as the previous Rocksmith version’s Real Tone Cable) or even the Rocksmith 2014 Guitar Bundle, or buy them separately. Like i happened with the first Rocksmith version, I tought: would I be able to play Rocksmith 2014 trough my pc’s sound card using a normal 3.5 to 2.5 adaptor? If so, I could avoid to buy the Rocksmith guitar cable.

If you ask to Ubisoft, they will tell you that the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable is a must for playing the game. Of course the requirement of this cable is a way to (try to) stop piracy. Like in Guitar Hero, you could copy the game, but you can’t copy the controller. But for Rocksmith 2014 you can use your own guitar, and the Real Tone Cable is, well, just a usb guitar cable. Obviously, if you try to play the game using a normal cable, it will ask you to connect the Rocksmith 2014 Real Tone Cable to be able to play.

Looking on the internet about this topic, I found lots of people with my same question, and somebody with a solution: a patch that allow you to run Rocksmith using any audio input in your pc instead of the Rocksmith pc cable. This includes the mic input and external audio cards. So I spent some time experimenting and, finally, I’ve been able to play the game with a very simple setup.


How to use a normal guitar cable to play Rocksmith 2014

I won’t encourage you to illegally download a Rocksmith 2014 torrent. You will find it, but you can also buy the game from Steam and it is not that expensive. Anyway, I’m gonna show you what you need to do with your Rocksmith installation for being able to play it without the Ubisoft cable.

First, download the Rocksmith 2014 crack. This crack will let you also play DLC, that are downloadable songs that can be added to the game. Copy the folder content to the Rocksmith folder, replacing the existing files (make a backup before, if you wish).

Next, you should go to the Control Panel and disable all the audio inputs, except the one that you want to use as the guitar input, otherwise Rocksmith will tell you that you have too many instruments connected.

First I tried to set up my M-Audio Fast Track, wich is a good USB sound card, but I got no luck: the problem is that it has two mono input channels: the first is used for recording a microphone, and the second for recording a guitar. Rocksmith treats the first channel (the mic’s one) as the game audio input, so basically no audio arrives to the game. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to select the second channel as the unique audio input in Windows, and of course I couldn’t plug the guitar in the Fast Track microphone input.

So i plugged the guitar directly into the mic input in the pc sound card, using a cheap adapter. Some people seemed to have success using the line input, so you may have to try it too. In both case, remember to disable all the other inputs in the Audio Properties in the Control Panel, to avoid the “too many instruments connected” issue.

In the Recording Properties, you should then select the microphone and go to its properties. In the ‘Enhancements’ tab, somebody had to uncheck “disable all sound effects” and check “DC Offset Cancellation” and “Noise suppression”. I personally found better to check “disable all sound effects” to avoid audio latency.

In any case, in the Advanced tab set the recording quality to “2 Channel, 16bit, 48000hz (DVD Quality)”.

Then, delete the Videodump.txt file in the game folder. It causes problems to many users.

Also, setting Win32UltraLowLatencyMode at “0″ in the rocksmith.ini file help very much with sound distortion in the game.

To play with a normal cable, download the Rocksmith 2014 nocable patch and save it into the Rocksmith folder.

You should be able now to play: run Rocksmith2014_nocable.exe (if you have problems, click on it with the right button and select Run as Administrator). Enjoy!

If the sound is bad, you could try this configuration for the rocksmith.ini file:


Hope this helps. Let me know your results in the comment section below!

In case, you can check the Shop area of this site and buy the original Real Tone Cable!

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33 Responses to “Rocksmith 2014: How to play without the Real Tone Cable”

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  2. ShinigamiDaiko says:

    Mate, your download link is down!

  3. Oğuz Çelik says:

    I got a lot of distortion basicly the sound is just too bad.
    I got rocksmith 2013 installed i play it nice and smooth with the directions you gave about maxoutputbuffer and so
    can you give us something to do with the problem for 2014 ?

  4. Mishu says:

    Make sure you set Win32UltraLowLatencyMode=0
    Also try
    EnableMicrophone=0 (if you have a line in input)
    LatencyBuffer=2 (best for fast pc, use 4 if sound is bad)
    DumpAudioLog=0 (no need for a log, slows the game a bit)
    MaxOutputBufferSize=0 (default, you will have some latency but no distorsions)

    Also enable in your recording device Allow apps to take exclusive control of the device.

  5. Derek F. says:

    Do you know if there’s a workaround for using a non-TrueTone USB cable?

  6. Eraseri says:

    Is there any way to plug in two guitars using line-in with this method? I have Scarlett 2i2 and dual would be quite nice

  7. paco says:

    Thank you very much! it works great!!

  8. King D says:

    Any news on a workaround for the M-Audio Fast Track issue?

  9. wlado says:

    doesnt; work for me, the sound is just distorted and cracked with this .ini file…what can be the problem?
    Some help? Thanks.

  10. FatMan says:

    I tried everything above and also a few .ini configs of my own to no avail.

    All I have is serious bacon frying on full heat hissing/distortion :(

    I am running this on a laptop with only a mic input at my disposal. I may have to admit defeat on this one and either install it on my desktop or buy a realtone cable.

  11. TC says:

    can i know which kind of adapter should i use ?

  12. rg says:

    Is it possible to use a USB to 1/4 in jack along with the nocable patch in a similar fashion. I have my cable plugged in, can hear the guitar on my computer. I have set everything up as above. When I run the game via the nocable patch the game tells me to plug in a real tone cable…?

  13. Martin says:

    do you think that I could run it even on Xbox 360 somehow? I mean e.g.with using of external USB audio interface like this one:
    Thanks a lot in advance for your reply :)

  14. Kate says:

    Your instructions are pretty useful, but, what if I have a simply external sound card and guitar interface in one (LINE 6 POD GX)? It has just guitar and headphones inputs and one USB output (as a power supply) and the problem is that if I had plugged guitar into POD, the game doesn’t recognize it, and also sound in game is mute, and the other situation is if I had plugged my headphones directly to the PC (without using POD), I can finally hear sound from game, but I’m still having troubles with “it seems you haven’t plugged your guitar” notification :( Maybe the problem is that I’m doing something wrong in the Recording Settings in my PC (I’ve got Win XP). If you could please write me via mail ( I will send you screenshots of my sound settings. I hope that you can help me, and that my English is enough good :)

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  16. Somebody says:

    Any way to do this fix on the mac version? my Realtone cable is busted

  17. Martin says:

    What do you think about the following cable? Has anybody tried it to play Rocksmith on Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC?

  18. Martyn says:

    I have installed the game, and followed all your steps, but it wont work with a USB adapter, i am plugging it into my laptop, and i cant figure out a way to get it too work, the only thing i am hearing is scratching sound, has anyone found a fix to this?

  19. Marion says:

    The link to the no cable patch doesn’t work anymore

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