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DivinityCycle
03-04-2010, 12:42 AM
This method allows you to earn stars with zero effort. My game is running and pulling in stars as we speak. I just broke 150K. Yesterday I had like 36K. I hope to get 200K by the end of the day.

I am posting this here because this is the site where people are like "Play this game, you can earn 1000 Gamerpoints in 20 minutes, here's how!" So, yes, I am aware that this is essentially cheating. Please do not flame me.

What Do You Need?
-Lips: Number One Hits or Lips: Party Classics (NOT the original game)
-At least one working mic
-A USB storage device that works in the Freestyle mode

Preferred For Maximum Simplicity
-A USB microphone (I'm using a Rock Band 2 mic)
-a pair of headphones
-Some method of playing back an mp3 over said headphones
-A turbo controller
-A wired controller or a Play & Charge Kit (to prevent your controller from turning off on its own)

How It Works
In Lips Number One Hits and Lips Party Classics, the Freestyle Mode actually allows you to gain stars, unlike the first game where you couldn't. This opens up an opportunity for cheating. If what goes into the mic matches up with the MP3 that is being played, your Star Stream meter begins to fill. Once its full you can activate it and earn stars.

One of my other hobbies is making music. After some trial and error I was able to create an mp3 specifically for this purpose. Its like 38 minutes of a single synthesizer tone going over and over. Why 38 minutes? Because the Star Stream is limited to 9999 stars being earned in a single song. Once you hit that limit, you cannot earn any more Stars until the next song.

The basic idea is that you play the mp3 in Freestyle and then somehow run that same tone through the microphone. This will constantly run your score up and, if you activate it, Stars.

My specific setup for accomplishing this:
-I'm using a Rock Band 2 USB mic. This is because the Star Stream is auto-activated with this microphone, meaning you don't have to shake it at all.
-I have a pair of big headphones hooked up to my computer.
Here's how they're arranged:
http://appliedcuriosity.cc/MicHeadphones.JPG
With this arrangement, I can run the tone quiet enough that I cannot hear it but the mic can.
-I am using a Street Fighter IV Fight Pad, perfect for this kind of thing cuz its wired and has a turbo function. I am using this to simply press A over and over, thus handling the process of starting the same song over and over without me doing anything. I'm using a pair of pliers to hold the button down, likeso:
http://appliedcuriosity.cc/TurboA.JPG
-I've got my headphones hooked up to my computer with the mp3 playing on repeat play, and I have a USB device with just my boosting MP3 on it hooked up to my 360. I believe it would be possible to do the same thing using just a 360, provided you have a way to hook headphones to your 360. Note, if you do this, you need to make sure your mic volume is turned all the way down, otherwise you'll get feedback.

I have posted the mp3 to MediaFire for you guys:
http://www.mediafire.com/?evnjjnjt2dd

I hope someone else finds this method useful, as the 200K Stars achievement is (IMO) pretty brutal if you had to do it legit. This way you can earn the stars literally in your sleep :)

DivinityCycle
03-04-2010, 12:50 AM
Also, if you are missing one of the pieces of gear I listed, you can still do this method. Each item is used to get around a specific problem:
-The USB mic auto-activates Star Power. Its also nice cuz it will never run out of batteries. If you don't have one you can still do this, you just need to shake the mic every time you want to activate star power, which requires you to be looking at the screen periodically, holding the mic, and shaking the mic periodically. This means without a USB mic you cannot do this method "unattended", but could still run the song manually. You will pull about 9500 stars each time you play through my mp3.
-The Wired controller is used to avoid having your controller automatically turn off, which would pause the song 10 minutes in.
-The Turbo controller is used to automatically restart the song once it ends, allowing you to fully ignore / leave your 360 while you earn stars.
-The headphones are the least necessary component. They are to allow for silent operations. If you don't have headphones you could use your TV speaker instead, it's just that you'll have a buzzing sound going in that room while this is going on. So, if you can muffle that or ignore it, or simply leave the room, then that isn't an issue and you don't "need" headphones.

I hope this covers 90% of the questions I would get about this stuff.

DivinityCycle
03-04-2010, 06:18 AM
so as of now I have 248,595 stars. A conservative calculation seems to indicate you can pull about 240 stars per minute using this method. Hope it helps some folks :D

DivinityCycle
03-04-2010, 07:57 AM
Just an update, this ONLY works on Party Classics, it seems. I thought that #1 Hits got USB compatiblity patched into it, but apparently not :( SORRY!

edw211
03-13-2010, 07:19 PM
You sir, are a cheevo whore beyond all conceivable imagination... I tip my hat to you.

Lonsta DaMonsta
03-14-2010, 10:26 AM
Wow, I've created some contraptions myself for achievements in the past but didn't even think of this for Lips. Mainly because I didn't know USB microphones worked on the new Lips. Fortunately I have everything you've posted, including the exact same Street Fighter turbo controller :)
I will take pictures of my setup later and post them, just know that if no one else can even attempt this that I can, and that you've helped me out tremendously :) -- Thanks!!!!!!!

tractakid
03-14-2010, 06:27 PM
I didn't think No.1 Hits supported USB microphones- which would make this method almost pointless as you have to tilt the mic every 2 seconds... which is pants :P

Lonsta DaMonsta
03-15-2010, 01:40 AM
Just wanted to say, this worked like a champ. I left it on while I slept for 5-6 hours today, went from 135,000 to 203,000 :)

My set-up was the exact same as yours, except that I taped down my A button instead of using vice grips. Enjoy the pic! And thanks so much for this tip! :D

http://imgur.com/OPsaP.jpg

HamKet
03-15-2010, 03:48 PM
Thanks for this.

I was at 165,000 stars and getting really tired of singing songs over and over, and only getting an average of 200 stars per song. I downloaded your "song" and got to 200,000 stars within 2 hours, or three episodes of "The Office."

daninthemix
03-25-2010, 07:13 PM
Well done, this works great.

Sniper.K
03-26-2010, 08:26 PM
GENIUS!!

I'll try it tonight

SPY_6000
03-27-2010, 08:29 AM
Not working for me :confused:

The game do not register anything.

Baihu1983
03-31-2010, 02:09 PM
Ive got some of the GTA chat shows on my ipod. Would they work?

So the turbo pad is not a must?

ShinjiMessiah
03-31-2010, 06:33 PM
Once again, i'd rather have 11k gs earned honestly than 10 times the amount by bypassing or cheating.

Cheaters never prosper.

Baihu1983
03-31-2010, 06:43 PM
Clearly do in this case ;)

I like Lips and enjoying going for the achievements but 200k? Thats just a chore.

Lonsta DaMonsta
04-01-2010, 05:20 AM
Once again, i'd rather have 11k gs earned honestly than 10 times the amount by bypassing or cheating.

Cheaters never prosper.

LOL, this is not cheating. You do realize you are on an achievement forum, right? People simply look for the quickest/easiest way to earn achievements.

Now, simply downloading game saves, aka "Gamesaving" is cheating and is not tolerated. This microphone/headset/turbo controller set-up is not cheating the least bit.

DiegoCaldo
04-06-2010, 02:55 PM
Once again, i'd rather have 11k gs earned honestly than 10 times the amount by bypassing or cheating.

Cheaters never prosper.

Seriously, who cares? I already have 160.000 stars earned legitly. Why not using an alternate method to get them? This cheevo is a pain in the ***, so that MS is not going to put it in the following LIPS games.

Cla55y
04-29-2010, 06:23 AM
This is fricking awesome!!! what a method, i love seeing the score just rolling up at a ridiculous speed! such an awesome feeling sticking it to M$ like this, likes very much for the method and more importantly taking the time to put the track together at the right length and everything!

5 stars! and this should be stickied!

ponypo2001
04-29-2010, 05:53 PM
This is fricking awesome!!! what a method, i love seeing the score just rolling up at a ridiculous speed! such an awesome feeling sticking it to M$ like this, likes very much for the method and more importantly taking the time to put the track together at the right length and everything!

5 stars! and this should be stickied!

I second this. This is helping me finish off my last few achievements nicely and really helps take the grind away as I can do other things whilst earning. Cheers for the track and the method.

Cla55y
04-30-2010, 05:19 AM
I second this. This is helping me finish off my last few achievements nicely and really helps take the grind away as I can do other things whilst earning. Cheers for the track and the method.

Also if you need medals download ice ice baby and just prop your mic up to the fan i get the 4 medals that dont require me everytime (i dont get party and performance because i dont do anything at all, lol. but its the technique ones i find the hardest

EDIT: If you have the original lips Bust a move works just as well. i just happened to have ice ice baby from when i bought it to get my infinity shades, lol. i am a whore for the avatar awards :S

but obviously with the original lips you cant have the wired mic :(

Dead Space Girl
05-03-2010, 09:19 PM
Once again, i'd rather have 11k gs earned honestly than 10 times the amount by bypassing or cheating.

Cheaters never prosper.
WOW!!!!!!!!! What a TOTALLY worthwhile post and absolutely AWESOME contribution to this thread! You are almost as helpful and as positive a site contributor as the poster of this original topic! Reach for the stars my friend!

LAClennell
05-18-2010, 05:12 PM
I'm going to do this method. I accidently deleted my Lips data due to confusion between hard drive and memory card, and I had like 90,000 stars or something

Don Pedro X
06-20-2010, 12:48 AM
You legend!!!

EDDS
07-10-2010, 04:53 PM
just started doing this today, started with 70k legit stars, theres no way in hell im doing 200k legit stars though. so thanks for this :P

EDDS
07-13-2010, 09:56 AM
ok i have my 200k stars, all i need now is another 500 medals, is there an easy boosting way to do that?

stevie vip 99
07-13-2010, 10:55 AM
ok i have my 200k stars, all i need now is another 500 medals, is there an easy boosting way to do that?

For medals sing with 2 mics on duet (co op) that way you can get twice the medals for each song. There may be an easy boosting way but this worked for me, can pick up 10/12 medals each song i sing. Hope this helps in some way

EDDS
07-14-2010, 06:43 PM
cheers m8, this is gonna take a while lol

kenshinesca
07-27-2010, 02:12 PM
BTW After playing this song around 10 times or so the amount of stars you will gain will drop dramatically, to remedy this just clear the system cache and you'll be back to earning 8,000-10,000 stars every time.

NVM I think I just had to adjust my microphone around the headphones

wgpfly
07-31-2010, 06:27 PM
So my big question is this. Since I dont have 100,000 stars yet in Lips and I do this to 200k would I net both achievements or just the one till I start lips back up?

Slim Panatella
11-11-2010, 12:19 PM
For some reason my Xbox will not recognize any of my USB devices so I have had to play the song using Windows media center (which is in the freestyle options menu).

yamayamayaamaa
11-14-2010, 09:46 AM
For some reason my Xbox will not recognize any of my USB devices so I have had to play the song using Windows media center (which is in the freestyle options menu).

How do you get Windows Media Center to become available in the Lips game?
It's not working for me. I set it up and everything.

Edit: I even tried burning the track to a disc then ripping it to my hard drive but I think it's too long or something. It gets really close to rip completion then it says there's an error. Lame.

Hitomis Freund
11-27-2010, 03:43 PM
Thanks for Posting that! I test It with a regular Controller and the normal Mic.
Now I test it with the Sing Star Mic but it doesn't works .... no surprise ... but can I do it with a regular USB Mic? or I need a Rock Band Mic to autostart the Star-stream?

hoochli
12-13-2010, 05:29 PM
Hmm.. I just played the "song" once and I only got around 2500 stars and a score of 19 millions.

I tried two different USB mics and some adjustment with the headset but it won't give me more stars :(

The bar is imo filling up quite fast but it seems by far not fast enough :confused:

Edit: OK, on the second run I almost got the maximum without changing anything.. weird but OK for me *g*

siderinc
01-10-2011, 05:49 AM
Got it runinng right now.. one is on my ipod with a head set and rock band 1 mic.. and the other is on a usb in my x360... 15 min 1100+ stars so maybe something is wrong?

at least it goes faster ^^ many thanks for creating this and also sharing this :) i hate insane achievements that rquire you to put more time then needed in a game.. :/


oh for some reason i coulent find the song where al my other music is on my pc.. but if you want a good media center that also playes avi files try tversity.. better then the windows crap thing they call media center ^^

Rjb1984
01-26-2011, 11:08 PM
I'm also unable to play the song from my iPod nano using the USB in freestyle...

Any tips?

Ivanich E Ringpiece
03-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Excellent way of getting stars..
Now....................................
Can anyone tell me how to get top of the leaderboards with all the songs....

Message me if you know how please

chronovore
05-19-2011, 02:14 AM
OP, you are a genius of low cunning. Had you a statue, I would lay laurels at its feet.

However, I ended up burning the MP3 to an audio disc, then ripping that to my 360's HDD as an audio file. Then I put that same disc in the stereo, and played it. When I connected headphones to the stereo, the USB mic was unable to detect the audio, however it picked up just fine when I played the buzz through the stereo speakers. On one playthrough I collected 9000+ Stars. I'll give it another shot tonight with the disc on repeat play.

I've played LIPS since its launch, and have a love/hate relationship with it. It's fun to sing, and the improvements made in the expansion packs are really fun and worthwhile. However, the 150K and 200K Stars Achievements are just NASTY grindfests which are abusing the players' time. Once I get these, I'll still play LIPS. It just won't feel like a chore, a slow march toward a nearly unattainable goal.

Because in LIPS both the poorly considered menu structure and data save timing, as well as a known bug with the interaction between "Original LIPS" savedata and the expansion discs' savedata will cause the corruption of savedata with irresponsible ease. Then there are the crash bugs, which can also destroy progress.

I've lost savedata to corruption five times. I would have 180K+ Stars naturally at this moment if it were not for INIS own incompetence. So I'll happily take this solution, thanks!

chronovore
05-22-2011, 01:01 AM
Huge, huge thanks to the topic originator. I can finally play this game without worrying about my savegame data being obliterated.

http://i.imgur.com/d7jC8.png

BADFELLA
06-29-2011, 07:29 PM
lol wicked my save data was corrupt cos of stupid lips 1 ima try this thanx in advanced

Sashamorning
07-01-2011, 02:03 PM
FWIW, this method also works with the I <3 the 80s disc as well... been going all night. =D

I also had to burn it onto a disc since I don't have an iPod or a Zune. Used iTunes to burn the audio file (not MP3) and ripped it like that. If anyone's having a problem transferring the file, that's what worked for me.

Great tip! Thanks!

zalexzy
07-11-2011, 10:25 AM
"unchained melody" on party classics is good for medals, at least it's working for me. With turbo controller it's around 4:20 for 4 medals (time is total time of round, from one point to that point again including menus etc, not length of the song)
If anyone knows shorter song for medals to speed it up, let me know. Obviously it needs to give 4 medals with zero effort to be any good.

I got all discs, but using original lips disc isn't working as you should switch discs, or start from scratch as stats from others are not compatible with original.

And using two mics for double medals isn't working, is it patched or I am doing something wrong? Tried with co-op and battle mode.

squodge
10-11-2011, 12:34 PM
Wow, good method!!

As for the comment about 'cheating'... it's not like it's a hard achievement, it's a TEDIOUS one. Anyone can build up stars, but this method lets you get a lot of stars which you could get yourself without any skill, but would take forever.

It's not quite the same as using a glitch, e.g. to five star a song on expert in GH2.

Operation 182
02-27-2012, 05:01 PM
i did everything the same as you (minus the street fighter controller) yet when i play the song into the mic from the headphones it doesnt pick anything up. im getting no score, i checked the mic by making sounds from my mouth into it and its fine :(

MANDY
05-14-2012, 07:04 AM
I don't know why you should cheat. If you like to play Lips and like to get all the achievements it may take a while. I got the achievement honestly! It wasn't that hard. ;)