Audacity and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2


I just got new mic and then the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to record voice overs for my gameplay. I am not an audio specialist, so could you please help me.

So based on my research Audacity thinks that my mic is only the other channel since there’s two xlr inputs in my Scarlett 2i2. So how do I make Audacity read the device correctly and record my mic as stereo as it should?

Elmo H.

It’s only stereo if you have two microphones.

If you set-up Audacity to record mono (you may have to use the left channel) you’ll get a mono file an it will play out of both speakers.

Or if you have a stereo track with one silent channel, you can convert that to a single mono track. Click the little drop-down arrow to the left of the waveform and select Split to Mono. That will allow you to edit the channels separately, and you can delete the silent channel.

It’s not a mixer. You can’t assign channels. Some adapters will not cross. You can’t capture mono on a stereo adapter. Try it. I intentionally bought a mono microphone adapter to get around this.


I got home and tried the Behringer UCA202 stereo USB adapter I like and it will actually cross. If I set Audacity for stereo (Device Toolbar)…

… I get independent sound left and right. If I set Audacity for mono, it will produce a “Mono” sound track from Left sound that plays to both left and right in a music system.

I do have another USB device that will not cross like that. If I do cross it by accident, Audacity simple can’t find the device.


It would be interesting to know what interface that is, as I’ve never seen one behave like that.

In fact I’d already written something starting with “I’m getting denser by the hour…”, but you were faster, as usual, Koz :smiley:

I’ve never seen one behave like that.

Which that?

I just used a simple “headset” USB sound adapter that just flat doesn’t cross. The choices are mono or nothing.

The Behringer UM2 mono microphone adapter will connect as either mono (its natural state) or stereo, but in stereo connection, only fills up the left channel. Oddly, the right channel isn’t dead. It’s just noise. I should amplify it and see what’s there.

Would you like to join the “That Eradication Society?” An English major friend and I would like to stamp out use of the word “That” in written communication.


Language… :smiley:

I don’t even refer to USB headsets (or mics) as an “interface”. But even the Chinese 0,95 € USB thingies don’t behave in such a manner. You must have stumbled on a really bad one. :sunglasses:

And thanks for the offer, but I already belong to the Excel eradication society. And to quote Groucho: “I wouldn’t want to join a club that would have me” :mrgreen: