Custom Notes Guide
Bobbie's guide to making Custom Notes.
This guide requires basic knowledge on 3d modeling and the Unity Engine. A few things are needed:
- The Unity Editor - specifically, Unity version 2018.1.6f1
- The custom notes Unity project
- If you don't already have a mesh you want to use, you'll need a 3d modeling program. I personally suggest Blender
- Depending on what exactly you're modeling, photo editing software such as Photoshop or GIMP may be required.
Make sure you're using Unity version 2018.1.6f1!
Open the custom notes project with Unity.
In the hierarchy window on the left, there are a few example notes.
When you click on one of these example notes, you'll see that it has a
NoteDescriptor attached to it.
Let's briefly go over what each of these settings do.
Note Name & Author Name
This one is simple enough. Whatever the note and author name is set to is what will appear in the Custom Notes note selection UI, as shown in the image below.
This setting takes an image that will be used as an icon. The icon will display in the Custom Notes note selection UI, as seen in the image above.
Disable Base Note Arrows
When enabled, this setting will make the default arrows present on notes invisible. Note: you must have
NoteDotRight gameobjects in your note if you want to enable this option.
Uses Note Color
When this option is enabled, it uses the player's currently set note colors to tint your notes appropriately. This allows your notes to support
CustomColors. If you want to use this properly, be sure to read the section dedicated to making your notes work with Custom Colors.
Note Color Strength
This option is only used if
Uses Note Color is enabled. Note Color Strength defines how strong the tint applied upon your notes is and is one by default. The lower you make this number, the more subtle the tint will be.
Creating a note
You should already have a 3d model that you're going to use for your note. For this tutorial I'm going to be using a simple triangle mesh I made in blender. Go ahead and import your model into the project.
Once you've imported your model, create a new empty
GameObject in the hierarchy view and name it whatever you plan on naming your note. I'll be naming mine
In your note's
Add Component and add a
NoteDescriptor. Don't worry about changing any of the options in the
NoteDescriptor right now, we'll do that later.
Now we can go ahead and start adding children to our custom note's main GameObject.
NoteRight are the two required notes, but you can also add a
NoteBomb to your main GameObject. For the purposes of this tutorial I'm only going to be making a
Go ahead and create a new empty GameObject inside of your main GameObject and name it
NoteLeft will serve as a kind of "container" for all of the GameObjects that contain meshes in our note. We'll be able to position and rotate our meshes freely if we put them in a seperate GameObject inside of
NoteLeft, which we would not be able to do if we simply added mesh components directly to the
Go ahead and drag and drop your imported mesh onto
NoteLeft in the hierarchy view.
You should now have your imported mesh as a child GameObject of
NoteLeft. Depending on what modeling program you used, you may need to remove some non-mesh objects. If you see any objects in your mesh named
Lamp, MAKE SURE YOU DELETE THEM! If you see a warning about "breaking the prefab instance", press "Continue".
Click on the object you just added and make sure that it has a position of
Once you've selected the mesh you need to properly scale it to be the size of an note in-game. Select
NoteLeft and move it near the
TemplateNoteSize should be the white square in your project.
Make sure you select
NoteLeft when you're moving your note. If you accidentally move the children of
NoteLeft instead, the meshes will not be aligned! The meshes inside of
NoteLeft should almost ALWAYS be at position
(0,0,0) unless you're purposefully adjusting them.
Once you've moved
NoteLeft to be near the
TemplateNoteSize, select the scale tool near the top left of the screen.
With the GameObject inside of
NoteLeft selected, click and drag on the gray square and move your mouse until your note is roughly the same size as the
Make sure you're adjusting the scale of the objects INSIDE of
NoteLeft will always have a forced scale of one, so if you set its scale to anything other than
(1,1,1) your model will look different in-game!
As you can see, the scale that worked for my mesh is about
(0.65,0.65,0.65). This value will probably be different depending on what mesh you're using. If you can't get the mesh to be exactly the same size as the
TemplateNoteSize don't worry too much because it doesn't need to be exact. Keep in mind that having a note be slightly too large is generally better than having it be slightly too small.
Make sure your notes are facing the correct direction. Look at the direction all of the other notes in the scene and ensure that your meshes are facing the same way. REMEMBER: The
NoteLeft GameObject should always have a rotation of
(0,0,0). If you need to rotate your note, don't rotate
NoteLeft, but instead rotate the meshes inside of it!
Now that the mesh is properly scaled we can go ahead and add a material to it. In the project window, right click on
Materials and then do
Create->Material. Since this is going to be the material for the mesh of my
LeftNote, I'll name it
Now that we have LeftMaterial, we have to choose which shader to use for it. If you use any of the default Unity shaders they won't show up ingame properly, so we have to use one of the
For my LeftMaterial, I'm going to use
Unlit Glow. However, you may want to use a different shader depending on your mesh. Here are the main differences between the shaders:
- Lit glow is lit and has shadows. You can change the direction the light comes from and how strong it is
- Metallic makes the material slightly darker and allows you to add a metallic reflection
- Unlit glow is similar to lit glow but it doesn't have any lighting effects.
- Unlit glow cutout dither is the same as unlit glow but allows you to add transparency to your material.
All four of these shaders also allow you to use textures, although Metallic uses the texture for the reflection instead of applying it directly.
Once you've selected your shader, go ahead and pick a color for your left material. Since this is the left block, i'm going to pick a reddish color.
Now that the color is set, go back to your mesh and set it as the material.
Your note should now have a material that shows up properly ingame. Now we need to create a right note and do the same thing again. Right click on
Duplicate it. Rename this duplicate
Now, follow the steps above again to create a second material. Make sure to use the same shader if you want the notes to look consistent between colors. For my second material, I'm going to name it RightMaterial and give it a blue color.
Now that you have the second material, apply it to the mesh of the
You now have two notes, both of which are properly textured and will show up ingame.
Exporting your notes
Now that our meshes and materials are properly set up, we can go back to the
NoteDescriptor and change the settings. Go to your note's main GameObject and look at the
NoteDescriptor in the properties panel.
Note Name to what you want your note to be called ingame. I'll set mine to "Triangle Notes". Additionally, set the
Author Name to the name you want to be credited by. I'll be setting mine to "Bobbie".
Although it's not technically required, it is highly recommended you add an icon to your notes so that they are easier to identify in the UI.
Import the image you're going to use for your icon by clicking
Import New Asset. I'll be using a triangle icon I made.
If your image has transparency, make sure to check
Alpha Is Transparency and click apply.
Now go back to the
NoteDescriptor and select the image you just imported.
Now we have three options left -
Disable Base Note Arrows,
Uses Note Color, and
Note Color Strength. Because my model does not have any custom arrows, I'm going to leave
Disable Base Note Arrows unchecked so we can keep the default arrows. I'm going to leave
Uses Note Color unchecked for now too, which means that we don't need to change
Note Color Strength either.
If you're going to enable
Uses Note Color - and I highly recommend you do - make sure to read the section on how to support custom colors correctly!
Now that our
NoteDescriptor options are completely set, we can export our note using the
Note Exporter. To get to the
Note Exporter, look for the tab on the left of your screen, near the
Your note should be at the top of the
Note Exporter. Once you're sure that all of your
NoteDescriptor settings are correct, click the export button below your note in the
Note Exporter. Make sure to export it into your
Beat Saber/CustomNotes folder so you can test it ingame.
If you're going to export a note again, make sure to delete the old version. The Note Exporter won't export a note if there's already a note with an identical name in the same folder.
Now that your notes are exported, you can start beat saber and see how they look ingame. In beat saber, click
Mods and then
Custom Notes. If you did everything correctly, you should see your notes in the list.
Select your notes and try playing a song.
Preview Your Note In-game without putting on your headset using FPFC
First Person Flying Controller (FPFC) is a launch parameter that can be used by either Steam or Oculus users. FPFC will open an instance of Beat Saber on your desktop and allow you to control it with your keyboard and mouse.
While a map is playing, pressing:
PPauses the map
MReturns to menu if paused
RRestarts the map if paused
CUnpauses and continues playing
You will need the SiraUtil mod in order move the camera while a map is playing. Without it, the camera is fixed in the floor at an undesirable angle. Install SiraUtil from Mod Assistant and run Beat Saber to create a config json file. SiraUtil also adds additional useful features such as camera FOV, sensitivity, and rebindable pause and exit controls. Edit the
SiraUtil.json file in your
UserData folder to tweak settings.
For Steam Users:
Open the game properties and add
fpfc to the Steam launch options in the General tab.
For Oculus Users:
- Right click on Beat Saber.exe and create a shortcut.
- Edit the Target to add "fpfc" to the end of it. For example:
C:\Program Files\Oculus\Software\Software\hyperbolic-magnetism-beat-saber\Beat Saber.exe" fpfc
After installing the mods and adding the launch parameter you can then now move around and pause in a map. The default toggle key to switch between headset and mouse/keyboard control is G.
If you go back into vr and the game doesn't load in the headset either:
- Press the G key until the headset displays the game
- Quit the game, remove the launch option, and relaunch the game.
- Press the G key until the headset displays the game
If the mod doesn't seem to be working, make sure the in-game Smooth Camera setting is disabled.
If everything looks good ingame, you should be finished! Make sure to try playing with your notes with your headset on at least once before releasing them.
This section is assuming you already have a custom note fully set up and simply want to add support for custom colors, which is highly recommended because it will almost always enhance the user experience.
CustomColor support works by tinting the notes to the current player-set color. If your material has a texture, lighter colors will be tinted more, whilst darker colors will be tinted less.
Go ahead and create a new material in the
Materials folder. With CustomColor support, generally you're going to be using the same material for both the left and right note, so I'm going to name my material
Now select the shader you want to use for your note. If you're not sure which shader you want to use, refer back to the
Adding Materials section of this guide. For my note, I'm going to use
Now apply this material to both your NoteLeft mesh and your NoteRight mesh. Make sure to apply it to BOTH!
Now that you're done applying the material to all of your note's meshes, go back to the
NoteMaterial in the inspector. To double check that your notes look good when using CustomColors, try messing around with the
Color property; this is what property will be changed when the notes are tinted.
Once you've confirmed that the notes change color when you change the material's
Color property, go to your note's main GameObject and go to the
Uses Note Color and feel free to mess around with
Note Color Strength. When Note Color Strength is at 1, it will tint the color with 100% strength. The lower you go from one, the more subtle it will be. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be leaving
Note Color Strength at one.
Your note should now be compatible with Custom Colors! Go ahead and re-export it. If you need a refresher, read the section on Exporting up above.
Disable Custom Colors on certain GameObjects
In some cases, you may want CustomColors to not affect a certain mesh. For example, if you have a part of your model that needs to stay the same color, such as an arrow needing to be white. There is a simple solution to this problem.
In this example, I have two meshes inside of my
LeftNote object. I want the
TriangleMesh to be affected by custom colors, but not
All you have to do is go into the GameObjects that you do not want to be affected by custom colors and add a
Disable Note Color On GameObject component. Any GameObject with this component will retain how it looks and not be affected by custom colors.
Remember to apply these changes to all of the notes in your CustomNote!