Sing It > Sing it Together Recordings

Overview

We invite anyone and everyone with a voice to add it to our Sing it Together recordings. We plan to do one project at a time. The current project is our very first. Your voice will be mixed in with everyone else who adds a vocal, so don't worry if you don't think you sing well. You can provide your name so you can be credited, but you don't have to.

Current Project: This Little Light of Mine

"This Little Light of Mine" is a beloved song, known in many parts of the world. For nearly a century, people have sung it together in schools, churches, camps, and protests. Read more about the song.

The project closes at midnight on February 28, 2021, so please add your vocal before then. The finished recording will be posted here in March.

This Little Light of Mine (BandLab Project)

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How to Add Your Voice

To add your vocal you'll need a free BandLab account. BandLab is a cloud platform where people can create music, collaborate, and engage with each other across the globe. There are Android and iOS apps, or you can use it on the web from your computer.

The following general instructions will get you started. If you need additional help with BandLab, check our Troubleshooting section or visit the BandLab Help Center. There are also helpful tutorials on YouTube.

Getting Started on BandLab

  1. Decide whether you want to use BandLab on your Android or iOS device or on your computer.
  2. Download and install the Android or iOS app, or go to BandLab on your computer.
  3. Create a free account.
  4. Watch the first two minutes of this tutorial to familiarize yourself with the BandLab recording interface.

Recording with BandLab on the Web

Preparing to record:

    1. To join the current project, click the BandLab Project link under Current Project.
    2. Click "Open in Mix Editor."
    3. Click "+ Add Track."
    4. The "New Track" menu will pop up. Click "Voice/Mic."
    5. Click "..." on the Voice/Mic track you just created and select "Rename" at the top of the menu. Enter your name as you would like it to appear in the recording credits.
    6. Plug in earbuds or headphones and a microphone, if your device does not have one. It is important to use earbuds or headphones when recording so the instrumental track does not get picked up by your microphone. Only your voice should be audible on your vocal track.
    7. Test the microphone input by clicking "Source" on the bottom left.  You will know that everything is set when the volume meter moves with your voice.
    8. Click the "Play" button to hear the song and practice singing along to it.
    • The lyrics are available by clicking the "Lyrics/Notes" button on the bottom right.
    • Adjust the volume of the *INSTRUMENTAL TRACK and *GUIDE VOCAL as necessary to facilitate your singing.

Recording your vocal:

    1. When you are ready to record, click the Record button (red circle). Click it again to stop recording.
    2. After recording, save the project by clicking the "Save" button at the top right corner of the screen.

Recording with the BandLab iOS/Android Apps

Preparing to record:

    1. To join the current project, click the BandLab Project link under Current Project.
    2. Click "Open" button, then select "Mix Editor."
    3. Click the "+" button, then select "Voice/Mic."
    4. Click "..." on the track you just created and select "Rename" at the top of the menu. Enter your name as you would like it to appear in the recording credits.
    5. Plug in earbuds or headphones so the instrumental track does not get picked up by your microphone. Only your voice should be audible on your vocal track.
    6. Click the "Play" button to hear the song and practice singing along to it.
    • The lyrics are available by clicking the Feather icon at the top center of the screen.
    • Adjust the volume of the *INSTRUMENTAL TRACK and *GUIDE VOCAL as necessary to facilitate your singing.

Recording your vocal:

    1. When you are ready to record, click the Record button (red circle). Click it again to stop recording.
    2. After recording, save the project by clicking the Cloud icon at the top right of the screen, then "Save."

Troubleshooting

If you need additional help with BandLab, visit the BandLab Help Center. There are also helpful tutorials on YouTube.

How do I troubleshoot latency?

Latency is the time your device takes to process sound from your microphone, and send it back to your speakers. The length of this delay depends on your device and any other hardware you use such as headphones or external microphones. Although there’s no way to completely fix latency, we can help you work around it. Click to find solutions to some common issues related to latency.

Something is wrong with my audio!

Experiencing audio glitches, stuttering, and dropouts? These can occur in your project when there is a lack of processing power in your browser/device. Click to find solutions.