Newbie question about recording vocals

I just downloaded audacity to record and layer my voice singing harmony. How do I re record just a snippet of a verse of a song on a track without re recording the whole verse?

Let me read this back to you. You want to overdub the last four seconds of a performance without having to sit through the whole three minutes that came before?

I think there’s a way to do that in Audacity 2.0.3, but not earlier versions. That’s a research project or wait for one of the other forum elves.


No its much simpler than that I believe. Lets say you have a verse of gospel song that is 4 layers deep. In other words Lead, Tenor, Baritone and Bass. Lets say I screwed up recording part of the tenor track. Is there a way to re record just a small snippet of the tenor track?

That depends on whether the Lead, Tenor, Baritone and Bass are on separate tracks or all on the same track. If they are all on the same track then you’re stuck with the mistake. if they are on separate tracks, then you can do the following (or a similar procedure):

  1. Use the Envelope Tool to silence the mistake on the tenor track.
  2. Select from a bit before the mistake to a bit after the mistake
  3. Press record and start singing.
    You should now have a recording of the “correction” on a new track so all you need to do now is to edit it so that it plays nice and smooth over the “gap”.