So far, I’ve recorded five covers, with one new one in progress.
When I started this endeavor, it was all new to me and I didn’t know what I was doing. I barely knew the software (not that I know it any better now) and didn’t understand how all the files interacted. Here’s the basic process I’ve been doing:
- Get the song’s MP3.
- Use Spleeter to split the song into separate tracks (bass.wav, drums.wav, other.wav, vocals.wav).
- Import the separate tracks into Reaper, record my new bass track.
- Mute original bass track.
- Use OBS to record video from webcam while playing back the Reaper project and using “Desktop Audio” to capture it with the video.
Those five songs, along with all the various other testing and horsing around I’ve done, lead to a very large “REAPER Media” folder and all sorts of folders all over the place containing output files from Spleeter.
Today I decided I was going to setup my default paths in Reaper and organize all my files. Here’s what I found out: Spleeter outputting the same named files for each song, each imported into Reaper, meant that whatever the most current project’s files were is what ALL the projects had, because it just kept overwriting the files.
I know, duh. A software guy should know that ahead of time. And I did, my assumption was that by default Reaper put stuff into separate folders. But it does NOT!
I knew something was wrong when I opened up the “ACDC - Have a Drink on Me” project, started playing it back, and heard the vocals from “Styx - Renegade”.
♪♫ oh, momma, I’m in fear for my life of the long arm of the law ♫♪
WHAT THE EFF!?
Luckily, I still had all of the supporting files spread out over my machine, but it’s been a stressful hour putting it all back together. Luckily, in the end, I’ve lost none of the recordings I’ve made.
So, the lesson here is don’t be a Tim-level geek and think about file management before you start a new recording project. Not afterwards.