I have looked through many of the posts that sound similar to this, but I don’t think I am asking the same question.
I have recorded my backing tracks and want to add a vocal track. I have the “play other tracks while recording new one” selected, and using headphones, I can listen to the backing tracks while I sing along and record a new track, but I can’t hear what I am singing in the headphones. All I hear is the part “inside my head” so to speak which is not a good way to monitor your own singing. If I was to run the playback into the mixer and out to speakers I could hear both my vocal channel and the playback, but then would re-record the playback in my microphone, wouldn’t I??? What am I missing?
It’s not a bad way as long as you keep the headphone volume down to a reasonable level. A lot of singers have only one side of their headphones over one ear, so that they can hear “acoustically” with the other ear.
If you are using a USB microphone, then you are stuck with what you’ve got.
If you are using a conventional microphone, then it depends on your set-up.
If you are using a mixing desk (mixing console) then monitor from the desk.
If you have a microphone directly plugged into the sound card then use the Windows Mixer or the sound cards control panel (look for a loudspeaker icon near the clock) to enable playback of the microphone input.
Do not select “software playthrough” in Audacity as you will hear the input with a long delay (half a second or so) before the sound comes out.