Audio panning in audacity not working

I use audacity to edit mp3s I don’t record. I don’t use any recording devices at all. Version 3.4.2 on Windows 11. When I pan audios, the sound bar reads like it’s working, but the audio doesn’t change at all, it always plays from the center.

Testing on W10 with 3.2.4 and 3.2.5 Beta test build.

I cannot reproduce this, pan works just fine.


Do you have the audio settings in windows set correctly? There is a sound setting for speaker configuration that isn’t where you would expect it to be.

  • Head over to your PC’s Control Panel. Go to the Sound settings by first typing “sound” in the search box.
  • Then, open the Playback window from the dialogue box. Set Speakers as the default option by right-clicking on it in the Playback tab and pressing “Set as Default .”
  • To enable 7.1 surround sound, run through the Configuration button and select “7.1 Surround” as your speaker type. Finish your setup by pressing the Test button and clicking Next . You should hear alert test tones from each of your speakers immediately after.

The configure button NOT the properties button messed me up for a while. Those instructions are for 7.1 but you can pick whichever configuration you are using.

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