Copy & Paste onto Vocal Track

I want to lay one track with my instrumentals then record the vocals separately with only one voice for the verses then three voices in three part harmony just on the chorus of the song, which comes in the middle of the vocal track.

By the time I lay the third vocal track, the whole mix is just an echoing mess. Is there a way to copy and cut just the chorus with all the harmony then past it on a separate track, so I can add my vocal effects without those effects being on the instrumental track or with the solo voice. I’m not sure how to copy and past a section into the middle of a track or how to move it down to the right spot from the starting point or if this is even possible.


I think you’re doing overdubbing wrong. In overdubbing, if you have it set up right, you can record one voice after another using a music or rhythm track as a bed or guide. You can record thirty new voices using one single music bed as a guide without having the tracks interfere with each other and without listening to any of the old voices.

Each new voice goes on its own track and you can mute it or not as you see fit. It would be a nightmare, but for example, you could sing four part harmony using just a metronome in your headphones and never hearing any of the other voices until you were done with the fourth voice.

Echoey messes usually happen when you’re recording “What’s On The Computer” instead of your microphone. That mistake records the whole show into each new track getting louder and and more insane as you go. No, that’s not normal. Recording “What’s On The Computer” is the setting you need to record YouTube or On-Line music. That’s not the setting you need for Overdubbing.


I will warn you there is a difference between Overdubbing and Perfect Overdubbing. Most regular computers will not let you hear yourself while you’re recording a new track. If you try, you get your own voice back late as an echo and there’s no easy way to stop it. We published three different ways to Perfect Overdub where you do hear yourself in your headphones in addition to the music bed. All three of those ways involve buying special hardware.

If you’re up to it, you can create a custom version of Audacity that can do perfect overdubbing without the additional hardware, and there’s a new software driver you can try (which I need to look up).


Thanks KOZ. Makes sense, I, picking up all the clutter from using the computer to record and play back every track. I thought Muting the other tracks would stop this. Guess not. Ill work on it

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Recording: [X]Overdub and deselect everything else.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices > Recording: should be your microphone or audio Input. It should not be Stereo-Mix or What-U-Hear.