Advice on vocal recording

I’m trying to make recordings using backing tracks. I’ve got CK-6 condenser mike, Focusrite 2i2 interface and laptop with Audacity on Linux (Ubuntu). Backtracks are of decent quality but despite all my efforts I cannot make vocal sound good. Not in terms of vocal itself, but the sound. I would think that given the decent equipment, it should sound ok. But it sounds quite flat, sometimes too quiet and I can’t make it sound professional. It always sounds a bit disjointed from the backtrack. Again, it’s not about singing technique but the quality of the sound. Even if I record the vocal on the mobile phone it sounds better. I wonder if there are any tips or a good tutorial to improve the sound.

Post a sample of the work. Drag-select about 10 seconds of stereo (two blue waves) or 20 seconds of mono (one blue wave). Export it as WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit and post it here. From a forum text window > Attachments > Add Files.

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Most singing performances go through a bunch of studio processing with possibly large-room echo, equalization, compression, etc. etc. And that’s if you can sing. If you can’t, then it’s pitch processing and other exotic tools.

It’s a shock the first time a home user records their voice and it sounds nothing like paid music.