Exporting Audio from Reel-to-Reel Tape

I’m a new user running Audacity 2.4.1 on using Windows 10 Home, version 10.0.18362 Build 18362.

I’m using a reel-to-reel tape deck with a patch cord into my Line In input on PC. I’ve successfully pulled audio off the tape. However, it appears the left channel is a bogus track (sound like faint music) while the right channel is fairly clear audio of voice (family recording we made for our dad in Vietnam in 1967).

When I play back the clip, I have to move the L-R slider all the way to “R” in order to only hear the clear voice audio. Is there a better way to only export the right track to an MP3 file, or should I just leave the slider in the “R” position while exporting?


To the left of the waveform there is little drop-down arrow. Click that and select Split Stereo Track. That will allow you to edit the left & right channels independently.

If you click the “X” to the left of the bad track it will be deleted. That will leave you with a mono file (which will play back through both speakers).

Never mind…I think I just found the answer after reading an older post from DVDdoug made on Jun 14, 2020.