A couple of recording questions [SOLVED]

Hi Audacitizens,

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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See Append Record.

That is because you already have a stereo track.

Make sure the L…R pan slider on the Audacity track is centred, or check your cables or headphones or Scarlett controls.

You may want to try the built-in computer sound device for Audacity playback rather than the Scarlett.


I downloaded latest version from your site 2.1.2.

Ok, let me check on your other answers. Thanks!


The pan slider is centered on the track, so that’s not it.

I use Ableton to record and need Audacity to make mp3’s, but then, I thought I could just use Audacity for recording too.

I don’t think it’s a cable or headphone issue because when I record with Ableton using Scarlett, both channels are heard in the headphones when recording and playing back.

When I record with Audacity using Scarlett, I can here myself in both channels with the headphones but only the left channel is captured and plays back.

If I record with Audacity using the computer mic, it does record to left and right channel, but it obviously sounds like crap.

It doesn’t matter what playback method I use if the right channel is not being captured properly.

I don’t get it.

What else can I try?


Where is my reply I posted six hours ago that is waiting approval?

It’s right next to this one. I’ve just got back from work half an hour ago - yes I have to work for a living.

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.

If you need more help I suggest you drag select a few seconds of incorrect recording, File > Export as WAV and attach the WAV. Please see here for how to attach files: https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/how-to-attach-files-to-forum-posts/24026/1

By the way most online forums are 24 to 48 hours response time. This one is relatively fast, despite we are all basically volunteers, as Steve said and the software is free. :wink:



Ok, that worked! I switched to Mono, split the track, and now I can hear in both ears.