How to Record A Song With Background Music (iPhone, Android, PC, Mac)

This article tells you exactly what you need to know to record songs with background music on either iPhone and iPad, Android, PC, or Mac.

You can do this without buying any gear, such as by using the built-in microphone on your phone, or if you want to get better audio quality, you can use an external microphone or (the best option) a good vocal microphone with an audio interface.

If using a laptop, you can either use a USB microphone or for the best quality you can get an audio interface and microphone.

1. Recording A Song with Background Music on Your Phone (Android or iPhone)

We recommend using a Karaoke app for this. A great app that we can recommend to record background music on your phone is Smule.

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This is a social singing up, and it includes millions of songs that you can record your singing over. It includes Top hits, all time favorites, and classics.

You can sing by yourself or in a group performance. This is available on the iOS App Store, so you can get it on iPhone or iPad, or you can get it on the Android Google Play Store.

The easiest way to record this is to just use the microphone on your phone or on the built-in microphone on your headphones. For example, on the apple in-ear headphones. A lot of the videos you see online for Smule use the small microphone on your headphone cable.

For better audio quality in your singing, a great option is to get a good quality microphone such as the Shure MV51, which will connect directly into your phone.

For EVEN better audio quality you can get an audio interface such as the Focusrite iTrack Solo, which works great for iPads. You can then plug in great quality condensor or dynamic microphones via XLR (the type of cable used for microphones in recording studios) to this interface.

2. Recording Songs with Background Music on PC or Mac

You want to record your songs or background music on a PC or Mac then there are many different options available.

For example, you can use audacity, the free recording software. You simply just drag in a music file, and then record your sing and on top of this.

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You can either use a USB microphone, or you can get an interface and hook in a standard XLR cable. 

3. Using a fully-featured DAW software (The best options for PC and Mac)

The best options to record your song in to record your singing to background music is to use dedicated DAW on your computer. This stands for digital audio workstation and some examples are Garage Band for Mac, Ableton Logic Pro, and Pro Tools.

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Some of these cost money but some of them are free. For example, the Reaper DAW is very cheap. If you want to get the best sound quality and actually mix the sounds to the best possible way, then we would recommend trying to spend a bit of time learning how to use these programs.

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4. Recording A Song On Your Phone with a Dedicated Music Making App

There are plenty of dedicated music making apps that range from casual to professional. Check out our list of the 10 Great Music Making Apps for iOS and Android for more information.

We’ve also written some other very useful articles that you should definitely check out:

Best Vocal Range Test Apps and Websites

10 Great Apps for Singers

Best Lyric Apps

Apps for learning Piano and Keyboard


That’s a quick guide on how to record songs with background music. Hope you have some great fun doing this and if you have any questions then ask in the comment section below. 

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