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How to: Recreate Rock Band tracks in Reaper

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How to: Recreate Rock Band tracks in Reaper

Postby InevitablEnd » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:14 pm

Video guide coming Soon(tm)

Optional:Other Helpful Tips:
  • Reaper Scrubbing:
    • Go to Options -> Preferences -> Playback
    • Set Looped-segment mode to be from -30ms to 30ms
    • Set 'When moving edit cursor via action or control surface' to Scrub
  • SaveClipBro (Converting Youtube Videos to AVI): http://www.saveclipbro.com
  • Genius (Song Lyrics - Most with labeled song sections): https://genius.com

Recreating Rock Band tracks using Reaper
  1. Get song audio file(s)
  2. Convert video of Rock Band chart to video file
  3. Open Reaper and C3 Rock Band template
  4. Disable Snap and place audio file to start at 3.1.00
  5. Tempo Map song
    • Recommended Site: SongBPM.com
    • A lot of modern and electronic songs have fixed tempo
    • (optional) Set count-in to match BPM
  6. Place video file in separate track and view with View -> Video Window
    • Sync video instrument chart with audio
    • After, I recommend setting video track's audio to -infinity
  7. Enable Snap and Chart instruments
    • Recommended to start with Drums as it's a good way to see if the tempo has been mapped properly
      • Remember to chart Overdrive, Unison Overdrive, and Drum Fills
      • After finished, place more Drum Fills throughout song
        • Try to evenly space them between Overdrive sections
      • Keep in mind Rock Band will convert the last drum hit into the green crash cymbol automatically
        • Therefore some green crash cymbols in the video may actually be a different drum hit.
    • Keep in mind that if audio has variable tempo, the video may get out of sync due to fixed framerate
      • Recommended to write down changes to the position of video file at the points of desync
  8. (optional) Chart Vocals
    • Fastest way is to use Virtual MIDI Keyboard
    • Recommended lyrics site: Genius.com
    • If not properly syncing lyrics, recommended to convert to non-pitched
  9. Adjust EVENTS track
    • In order for the Lighting Autogeneration to work properly, at least one each of the following sections must be included:
    • [end] must be the very last thing in the midi
  10. Fill out BEAT track
  11. Export MIDI
  12. Render audio files
    • (Optional) Merge click track with audio
  13. Open Magma and place .mid file into it
  14. Using song.ini, fill in song data and difficulties
  15. Place audio file(s) into designated places
    • If 3 Drums track, select Kit, Kick, and Snare on drop down. Most drum tracks are drums3=Kit, drums2=Snare, drums1=Kick
    • If 2 Drums tracks, Select Kit and Kick with drums2=Kit and drums1=Kick
    • If there is only 1 audio track, place in Backing
    • To generate lip-syncing, place audio into Vocals, then right-click Dry Vocals and "Convert vocals stem to dryvox"
      • If there are Harmonies, right-click and select "Copy lead dry vocals here"
      • Change Vocals track back to silence if there is no separate Vocals stem
  16. Adjust preview timer so recognizable part of song is played when hovering
  17. Press Build Song to convert to rb3con (X360)
  18. (optional) Use C3CONTools to convert to other consoles (Wii/PS3).

  1. Overlapping/Misaligned notes
    • Happens especially with variable tempo songs, copy-pasting notes will be very slightly misaligned
  2. Silent audio gives file not found error.
    • Sometimes occurs when you don't have a full multitrack and use silent audio
    • Right click audio track and select appropriate silent audio
Last edited by InevitablEnd on Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:24 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: How to: Recreate Rock Band tracks in Reaper

Postby InevitablEnd » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:15 pm

Reserved (just in case)
  • 2018-08-06 - Initial text guide

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