How do I combine guitar tracks and vocal in OBS?

What I want is a video that includes the guitar tracks I’ve recorded in Reaper, the vocal I record through my AI using my Rode mic, using OBS and my webcam.

I know how to record a vocal using the the gear mentioned. Don’t know how to add the guitars.

I’ve tried making a video with my webcam, then importing it into Reaper, deleting the webcam audio and then rendering the guitars and vocal I recorded in Reaper plus the webcam video. Although I have a perfect match in the sound, my face and the way in which I shape my tone doesn’t match the video. It’s disconcerting for me to watch, and would be so much more so for a vocal coach or anyone familiar with tone shaping.

To put it another way, I want the singing to match the face and I want the guitar tracks as backing.

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From what I understand OBS doesn’t have a built in video editor. So if you’re mixing tracks in post I don’t think you can use OBS.

I understand Reaper has some basic video editing tech. Not sure how good it is - I use Cyberlink PowerDirector for video and mixing in audio from DAW. I’ve tried Corel & Adobe Premiere Elements too and found PowerDirector worked best for me at a reasonable cost. So you may be able to use Reaper as your video editor.

There’s a few ways to skin this cat, but I think the key thing to get the video matching your singing face the way you want to is ensuring you’re using the vocal audio track that was recorded in the exact same take as the video.

Here’s what I would do:

  1. Record guitar backing track in DAW (no vocal) as base track. No video.
  2. Record vocal track in DAW, while guitar backing tracking playing so you’re singing on top of it. Take video with webcam at same time, with webcam audio enabled so you can easily sync it. This is the important bit, the video is of the same audio that is being recorded in DAW as vocal track.
  3. Set audio levels between the 2 audio tracks in DAW and export as WAV.
  4. Import webcam video (with audio) and DAW WAV into video editor. AV sync so they’re at exact same time - this feature is why I use PowerDirector, Corel’s didn’t work for me.
  5. Mute webcam audio track, so only audio is the one you recorded with DAW
  6. Export as video
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Thanks JK, I’ll give that a try. Your detail is much appreciated.

I already have the guitars and vocal in Reaper. I think that trying to make a video later to the same tracks is what’s making this difficult. I sing with a different face every time. I need to do them all at the same time.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Thanks a lot.

I’ll try a whole new recording.

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Yep pretty sure that’s what it will be :slight_smile:

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Hi , @batwoman and @jkahn
One day this won’t read as if it says Chinese…I’ll save this topic for later reference…
Hi Maggie ,Are you busy putting “that” song on video and (apparently then) perfecting what I heard with that big message in it?..I’m burning with desire ,but the longer it takes the better it tastes :grin:…good luck and have fun with the music recording thing stuff hassle :upside_down_face::sunglasses:
Greetings,Rogier

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Maggie

Is the video of you singing captured in OBS, with the guitar audio fed into OBS from Reaper ? You can use ReaRoute to send Reaper audio to OBS and capture the video & sound in OBS. So if you have pre=recorded Guitar Tracks in Reaper, you just need to add a Vox track there and treat it as if you were just recording in Reaper. But using ReaRoute the Audio is sent to OBS.

If that’s what the plan is let me know and I’ll add the How. With family here I am behind on OM prep and just spent an hour figuring out with Zoom was not playing nicely with OBS ie No sound in Zoom and 36 hours to go. Yep normal drama. One of the OM tech posts has the details, so won’t take me long to gran the info if that is what you want to do.

Cheers

Toby
:sunglasses:

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How well you sum this up @roger_holland Rogier :grin:

@TheMadman_tobyjenner thanks. You seem to have rather enough to deal with right now, so let’s leave it till after the OM. I’ll try a variation of what JK has suggested first. I hope you get your tech to work with you.

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Maggie

As if by magic (well, after several reboots!) all is well and I sail towards the OM with gay abandon. So more than happy to help, as I have been down that road before. So no need to reinvent the wheel, I have a few laying around !

Cheers

Toby
:sunglasses:

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I can’t help you with the techie stuff Maggie but this made me laugh out loud! :smile:

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The one thing that I tried the other day was recording in both reaper and OBS. Then using Movavi Studio (cheap software) added both the Reaper and OBS output files then selected both audio part of OBS recording and Reaper recording then auto synched. Then detached and deleted the audio part from the OBS file on Movavi. It was a simple process and synchronisation seemed decent. It just needed to have something in common (and that could be the vocals) that is recorded on both OBS and Reaper to be able to sync against.

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@Socio this made the wheels in my head spin a little bit too fast James, so I’ll come back to it later today when I’m older and wiser :laughing: It sounds like a good idea. Thanks so much. :kissing_heart:

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