Sam Smith’s song, “Stay With Me,” is a huge hit in 2014. We were just watching a segment about him on CBS Sunday Morning and heard something fascinating. In the chorus of the song, it sounds like Sam is being backed up by a gospel choir. But it’s no choir! It’s actually Sam Smith recorded 40 times!
I talk about this kind of thing all the time because the ability to sing harmony with myself is one of the main reasons I got into audio recording in the first place. And it is easier than ever before for anyone to do it on their computer through a process called “overdubbing.” You can do this with any software that allows you to do multi-track recording, even the free program, Audacity. In fact, the below video – an excerpt from our tutorial course, The Newbies Guide To Audio Recording Awesomeness 1: The Basics With Audacity – shows you how to do overdubbing to sing harmony with yourself, even with no budget for gear (maybe $5.00 for a PC microphone to get started):
That demo was just 4 versions of you. All you have to do in order to do what Sam Smith did (other than sing like him and sell millions of recordings;-)) is to follow the instructions in the video…multiplied by 10!
In the interview, Sam Smith said (at least partly joking) so many people think he hired a gospel choir to sing backup on the song, that it upsets him a bit. “I want the credit,” he said with a smile.
So now you, too, can go forth and overdub yourself into a choir.
For more information on singing harmony with yourself, see our page: Sing Harmony With Yourself – Learn How to Record Your Voice on Your PC and Sing Along With It!