Synchronising new recording with existing tracks

Audacity 3.1.3 on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit platform.


Last month I imported a keyboard audio track which a friend had sent me, through an audio interface, into Audacity.
I then successfully recorded a bass guitar track alongside the keyboard and mixed/exported to an mp3 format.
Today I am trying to repeat the process, which seemed so straightforward, but when adding the new track, the recording always starts at the end of the first track and not at the beginning. I cannot seem to change this behaviour, any ideas what I might be doing wrong?


Ok, so I may have discovered the reason.
Edit / Preferences (Ctrl + P) : drop-down menu.
Right at the top of the Preferences option is the Devices section.
In the third field, I noticed that the 2 (Stereo) option was set, so changed this to 1 (Mono) and clicked OK.
Now when I select Tracks/Add New/Mono Track, I actually get a Mono track which records from the beginning.
I’d not appreciated the significance of my unsuccessful appended attempts displaying a ‘stereo’ version of the Bass track.


I’m not sure what happened there, but what’s supposed to happen is switch between new track placements with a setting.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Recording > [X]Record on a New Track.

There is also a very handy setting for musical overdubbing called Latency. Figure out a way to record your playback. For vocal work, you can smash your headphones against your microphone.

Play the resulting two tracks and note how far off sync they are. This can be very much easier with a click track rather than music. Apply that “miss” value to:

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices > Latency.

You are required by the State of California to go the wrong way the first time and make it worse. Then you figure out what you did and fix it.

There’s no way to write the instructions for this that doesn’t make your mind bleed.


Thanks for the reply, the latency aspect, amongst other things, is doing my head in.
What really frustrates me is that on the first attempt, everything seemed intuitive and worked first time - mp3 produced pronto.
For this project, I’m getting nothing but inconsistencies, device not present errors, no audio on playback, no audio on record, etc, etc and have made no changes. I’ll be getting the tape deck out at this rate. :open_mouth: