How do I record the audio of three seperate programs into three seperate tracks?

by Absurdest
(Washington)

I'm an aspiring Youtuber and I'm banging my head against the wall at what I thought would be a simple problem.


I want to record a video game and its audio, Skype, and my microphone; but I want the audio from all three to end up on separate tracks so I can edit them individually.

I've figured out a SUPREMELY irritating workaround that involves a second computer and two instances of Audacity on top of my video recording program, but I still have to sync it manually by enabling microphones in all three and clapping my hands rhythmically so I can find that noise on the waveform. Plus, I really don't want to have to export audio from an entirely different computer and transfer it every single time I record.

I know that it only takes about 10~ extra minutes per recording, but I sometimes want to record six+ games a day and spending a solid hour exporting, transferring, and syncing audio before I even get to the editing part of things is frustrating.

To make things worse, I'm also one of those poor college students who doesn't have a lot of dollars to throw at things. Is there any hope for this?

Sincere thanks for reading,
Absurdest

P.S. I just checked the guidelines, and I know this probably qualifies as commercial in nature since I'd like Youtubing to eventually be my job, but I'm still getting off the ground with my grand total of 10 cents made from it. I'm honestly just trying to exhaust every resource trying to figure this out. If you reject my submission, I totally understand. Cheers!

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Oct 22, 2015
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by: Lee

Awesome! So glad to hear it's working for you.

Oct 22, 2015
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SOLUTION!
by: Absurdest

Dear Lee,

Thank you for such a quick reply!

I had found half of my solution in the form of Dxtory, a video recording program that records audio from each device you specify as its own track. It exports videos in .AVI, and when you right-click the file you have the option to "Extract Audio Streams" thanks to a program included with Dxtory. Then you just import the tracks and the video to Premiere, and no manual syncing is required!

The other half of the solution was thanks to your recommendation, despite me running Windows 7. All I did was search for a Soundflower Windows equivalent, and I found this: http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Cable/index.htm

This installed a virtual audio device that I was able to tell Skype to output to. In the audio device settings, I checked "listen to this device" so I could still hear my call, and made Dxtory record it as its own input.

I just did a quick test of this, and it WORKS!!! Three gloriously separate audio tracks, and after some tinkering it records at 720p (this'll go up when I'm able to upgrade my computer) without a noticeable impact on my computer!

Thank you so much for your reply, I would not have known which programs to search for without it.

Best,
Absurdest

Oct 21, 2015
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by: Lee @ Bedroom-Recording.com

Dear Absurdest,

First, about the recording. Hmm - that's something I'm not familiar with. Here are a couple ideas for you to try. A software company called Rogue Amoeba makes an app called Audio Hijack. This may have the options you require. They offer a functional demo, and if you need audio shorter than 10 minutes, you may be able to use the demo version just fine. Here's a link: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/.

Second, you might look at Soundflower. It's a free app that allows some shuttling of audio signals inside the OS. I've messed with it briefly, but don't have much experience. http://soundflower.en.softonic.com/mac.

These recommendations work with Mac - I'm not familiar with Windows software enough to make recommendations. Sorry!

Lastly, this is a fine submission. Sadly, I've been neglecting this website. Perhaps you have it figured out already, and are well on your way to making the big bucks on Youtube. Tarry on!

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