How to Record Melodies onto One Track?

I’ve been searching for similar topics but I’ve come up short. I’m sorry if there IS a similar question and I’ve just missed it. Tired eyes? lol

Anyway, I’m using Audacity 2.0.5 on my Windows 7.

I would like to record my singing voice to my instrumental/backing track, which I’ve figured out to do. (Go me!) BUT…I would like to add the melodies (i.e. soprano and alto parts) to certain parts of the song as if I had background singers. How would I go about doing that?? If I’m not mistaken, do I Add New Tracks? If so, how would I take those tracks and combine them together? Or am I getting way off here?

Basically, I don’t want it to sound like it’s just one person singing the whole song. I want it to sound like I have background singers during the chorus parts, etc.

Please help?

Thank you guys in advance!

Geek Goddess

Overdubbing is the process of recording yourself multiple times as a chorus or barbershop quartette or play multiple instruments, etc. If you don’t know how to do Overdubbing already, how did you get your voice to work with background instruments?

The 10,000 foot version: You set up for Overdubbing and the computer plays all your old tracks into your headphones. You record a new track at the same time using your old tracks as a reference and all the tracks stack one above the other and play at once when you’re done. Repeat as needed. That’s enormously simplified.

The most basic song can start with a simple click track and work up to violins, etc., full orchestra – if you can play that many instruments. This has the advantage of a good starting rhythm.

I always wondered if somebody who can’t sing tries three-part harmony. I may get to find out.

There are some interesting problems with overdubbing, particularly if you’re on a small, underpowered machine, but you have a serious machine, it should work very well.

This is where you get to tell us what microphone, computer, mixer, interface, etc. etc. etc. you have. the process will change depending on what you’re trying to do.

One very serious problem comes up immediately. Not everybody can hear themselves while they record, but you don’t need that, the rest of it is a relative snap.


Thanks very much Koz!

I use the phrase “perfect ovedubbing” to signify that you can hear a perfect, theatrically correct version of the show in your headphones with your own live voice in it during recording. That’s hard to do without special hardware, but many people like that.

Let us know.