Talk:Recording multi-track overdubs with specialist hardware

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Overdubbing using your computer's on-board sound card

You may also try overdubbing using your computer's on-board sound card. Note that standard sound cards supplied with the computer often are not very good, the main problem being that the microphone input can be noisy. You may not be able to hear yourself during the recording.

  • Using your on-board sound card
Overdubbing using your computer's on-board sound card

This tutorial is designed to help if your equipment does not have hardware playthrough and software playthrough is not an option.

On Windows or Linux, you can try unmuting your input in the playback side of the system mixer. This will give you low latency hardware playthrough of what you are recording. Older Windows XP systems quite often have this feature.

On all operating systems, you can try Transport > Software Playthrough (on/off) in Audacity instead, but this will always mean you hear yourself late and could cause audio breakup.


To achieve lower latency software playthrough on Windows you can:
  • (Only gives somewhat lower latency): On Windows Vista and 7, right-click over the Speaker icon by the clock, choose Recording Devices, right-click over the input, choose Properties then on the "Listen" tab, enable "Listen to this device".
  • (Advanced) Compile Audacity with ASIO® true low latency support. Ask on the Compiling Audacity board of the Forum if you need help.