I’m on Windows 8.1 and just downloaded the newest version of Audacity.
I have two questions:
1. How do you record using the existing track without creating a new track?
I like to delete the contents of a track and try again if I don’t like my recording, and every time I start over to record again, a new track is created. I just want to use the existing track that is already open without creating a new one automatically when recording begins. Please let me know how I can do that.
2. How do you make a recording that plays in both ears instead of the left only?
When I record, I have “2 (Stereo) Recording” selected on the top but the track options below has “Left Channel” selected. “Make Stereo Track” is disabled.
See image below, so you can see what I mean. Please disregard the actual track in the background as that is a wav file I imported and not a recording I made with Audacity, but the the options you see are what is there when I try to make a recording in Audacity, and my recording only plays in the left ear.
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So are you actually saying that the right-hand recorded channel is silence (flat line)? What inputs do you have connected to Scarlett? If you only have an input connected to the left channel of Scarlett, and nothing connected to the right, then it is normal that this only records in the left waveform of a stereo track.
The answer to that is to set Audacity to record in mono in Device Toolbar. A mono recording will play equally in both left and right speakers or headphones. If this mono recording is part of a mix you are making, you can use the pan slider to pan the mono track in the stereo field of the mix.
There is a chance that mono recording will mean the waveform will not go above half height (0.5). If that happens, record in stereo as you were doing. but use the track dropdown menu you showed to “Split Stereo to Mono” and then click the [X} button to left of the silent track to delete it.