I am using the Audacity version 2.0.5 on Windows 7, via the .exe installer.
My current issue is how do I make vocal recordings without the backing track being played while I record? I want to only record my voice, but it seems to record the backing track as well when it is playing back. My recording setup is a CAD GLX2200BP microphone and the Behringer Xenyx Q502 USB sound board.
What I am wanting to do is record only the vocals when I have uploaded an instrumental track, but whenever I try, the instrumentals are recorded along with the vocals. This then creates a track with the vocals and instrumentals, along with the instrumental track I uploaded. This is not what I want. I want to know if there is a way to record the vocals only and not have the instrumentals record. Of course, there would still need to be a way to hear the instrumentals so I can be sure of staying in sync with the song. I thought overdubbing would help solve the issue, turning off that feature that is, but whenever I play the song via other means, it still records all of the instrumentals.
Overdubbing is something I have tried, I tried once more, and it did not give me the results I was searching for. However, I did use my iPod to play the backing track while I recorded only my vocals, the track I uploaded to Audacity I merely muted so it would not record while I recorded vocals.
Okay, I am lost.
When [To Main Mix] on the 1st pic is pressed down, I get the backing track and my vocal recorded (Red line on the last pic).
When release, no backing track and I only get my vocal sound recorded. (Green line)
Please advice. Thanks!
I’m new to the forums but I’ve been recording and editing for a long time.
Just glancing at your posted photos, I’m going to say this is not an Audacity problem, it’s a mix problem. If I understand correctly, you want to hear the music and your voice at your headphones. You’re recording to Audacity from the Main Mix output. When you press that button down, it sends the USB signal to the Main Mix, and anything at that output is recorded.
Try using the button above that: (USB/2-Trk) To Phones. You should now be able to here both the music and your voice in the headphones but only your voice signal will go to the Main output to Audacity.
Thanks for pointing me out. I did try the button above “to phone” but there will only be my voice and there is not backing track coming out of the headphone.
Not sure what else to do. I also tried installing the ASIO all driver but the result was same.
Unfortunaly, my work around was to install Tracktion 4 which came with the q502USB mixer.
I am not sure about this but well I can record now. lol
If there is a solution with the audacity that would be great though.
Jess, in broad terms the answer is in numerous posts in this Forum - turn on Transport > Overdub, choose the mic you are recording from as recording device in Device Toolbar and wear headphones.
I’m betting your version of Audacity, version of Windows and your recording equipment aren’t all as you cite in your quote. So if you need more help, please give us your actual information, then we’ll move this to a new topic specific to your exact scenario.