Mixer Recommendation - To record voice only without backing track


I would like to have a mixer that only outputs the mic track, but still lets me hear other input tracks in the headphones while recording. Is that possible?

If yes, which mixer do you recommend?

I am currently using a regular DJ mixer (Vestax PMC-05), and everytime I record to laptop, it also records the backing track.

Thank you,

Audacity > Preferences > Recording. Turn off Playthrough.

Turn on Overdub.

Does that help?


That’s the basic setup to record voice-only, yes!

However, it does not monitor the backing track and the microphone simultaneously.

What I’m looking for is

  1. Record the microphone-only on its own track, while monitoring the backing track and the microphone simultaneously.

I’m also searching for the same topic and I figured out a way to achieve it

You may choose you playback device to your computer’s sound card, in my case, it’s “speakers/headphones (Conexant Smartaudio HD)”
Then, I choose recording device to my mixer “microphone (USB2.0 Device)”
I plug my headphones to the computer to listen to the backing track while recording using the USB mixer.
The recorded new track was purely the sound from the mixer without the play back of the backing track
Hope it also works for you.

Personally, I do what Clarinettse does, below. I know what I sound like, and I can see the waves on the Audacity screen for confirmation, so I’m OK with this.

I know that if you don’t have confidence in what you sound like, this extra audio signal can be invaluable. I happened to be perusing the manual for Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX mixer and I feel it has the controls you are looking for. The mixer is a top quality mixer and is priced accordingly.

On this mixer you can specify separate routing for the headphones and main mix out. Alternatively, you can specify whether to send separate channels or the main output to the USB bus.

Be forewarned that due to extra controls you may find this mixer a little more difficult to use than others.

I hope this helps. :smiley: