Can't get stereo to work

Total newbie here.
I can only get my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to record in Audacity in either the left or the right channels, but not both at the same time. I have “stereo recording” turned on. I can switch from either the left or right on playback. But for the life of me I cannot get it to record or playback in both channels at the same time.
Thanks in advance for the help.

Stop trying to record in Stereo. Switch to recording in Mono (I believe the Focusrite can handle that). Mono is a single blue wave that will automatically play to both left and right. It will say Mono on the INFO panel to the left of the waves.

Audacity > Edit > Preferences > Devices.

The other thing you can do is convert what you have to Mono.

Drop-down menu to the left of the waves > Split Stereo to Mono.

[X] delete the dead track. The remaining track will play to both left and right as long as it says MONO in the INFO panel.


What are you trying to record? Two microphones? A microphone and a guitar?

If you are only recording one microphone, or one guitar, or any other mono source, record it as mono (set the number of channels to “1” in the device toolbar).