I have just starting creating CDLCs for Rocksmith and I'm having a blast. Most of you are light-years ahead of me in terms of EOF knowledge, but I thought I would share this anyway in case it helps someone else out there who is starting out. Please chime in with any corrections or additions to my thoughts below.
Over the past year, I have found the Riff Repeater to be critical to my use and enjoyment of Rocksmith. So, in creating CDLCs, I want to make sure that RR works in each of the songs. (I know that many of you also utilize the Dynamic Difficulty option, but I have not found it to be very useful myself and I find the procedure for coding CDLCs with quality DD to be difficult).
Unfortunately, I have spent many hours over the past few weeks trying to get RR to work correctly in my songs. Many times, some sections of the song are inaccessible. I searched these forums and the internet for answers and thought I was following the right procedure, but I was having very inconsistent results. After doing quite a few experiments over the past few days I discovered my problem.
It turns out that, in all cases where I was having a problem, a note at the start of the section was not snapped to the corresponding beat. I thought that they all were, but they were one or two thousands of a second ahead of the beat. It was hard to tell unless you looked very, very closely. I didn't discover this visually, but by examining the .XML file with a text editor as Chlipouni suggested in a post earlier this year. I have no idea how, through the editing process, the notes could end up being slightly off beat. From now on, I will always have the Menu/Song/Highlight Non Grid Snapped Notes option turned on in the menu. That is a very useful feature of EOF. If you find that you have this problem, the solution is easy - set your Grid Snap to 1/32, select all of the notes in the track (CTRL+A), and use the Note/Resnap command.
Also, I confirmed that you cannot start a section in the middle of a sustained note, if there are no other tracks with a note on that beat. This is not a problem if you have a note on another track on the same beat.
One more thing - starting on beats other than 1 was not an problem for me. I know that others have said to make sure and start a section on the first beat, but I have not found that to be an issue.
Thanks to all of you for your help in these forums - this is an amazing community.