I have two mics, one panned fully left and the other panned fully right. They exit my desk in true stereo (Mic 1 on the left channel and mic 2 on the right) but when I record with Audacity, the left channel is on both and so is the right, dual mono. Why isn’t mic 1 recording on the left and mic 2 on the right?
Which desk ? It almost sounds like your “desk” is recombining your audio into dual mono.
You could check mmsys.cpl (Sound Control Panel), Recording Tab > Your device > Properties > Advanced Tab > Default Format.
If you have two separate mono recordings and you wish to pan the first track left and the second one right, you can simply joining the tracks to make a stereo track: Splitting and Joining Stereo Tracks - Audacity Manual
Thanks for your input, I’ve used various desks, I’ve taken the normal audio outs, even usb digital outs etc. and the results are always the same. Also, if I listen through headphones, the panning is working perfectly. It’s only when I pass the signal on to my laptop and try and record, I get each channel recording on both left and right. I have Audacity set to stereo. I don’t understand, all the desks I’ve used are outputting mic 1 on the left channel and mic 2 on the right but if I talk down mic 1, Audacity records it on both left and right, same with mic 2. Anyway, I’ll try recording on my mac using Audition and see if that does the same thing. Thanks.
Windows can mix-down to mono before the sound reaches Audacity,
see … Stop Windows turning your USB audio Mono: UCA202, 222 & more - YouTube
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