Microphone Signal

Hi everyone,

I am new to audacity and I am using it because it was recommended by one of the guys from Sam Ash music store. I am a new voice-over artist and bought a AT4040 mic and a UR12 usb audio interface.

When I open up audacity and begin recording the mic level only shows the left side picking up audio. I am on stereo when recording. Can anyone please assist me with this? Thank you in advance.

The AT4040 is a mono microphone.
Nothing wrong with your set-up except that you should be recording in mono.

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Thank you so much for the reply and for removing my email. When I play back my voice over recording through my headsets only the left side plays sound as well. I will change it to mono. Audio host is set to core audio which is the only option given. I just want to make sure I am doing this correct since I am a novice at all of this.

is there any videos I can view that will show me how to use audacity? seen some on youtube by some people but not as helpful for me.

Thanks in advance.

That will work.

What would probably happen if you only connected to input 2 and set Audacity to record in mono is that you would record silence. In that case you would have to set Audacity to record in stereo, use the track dropdown menu to split the stereo track to left and right, then delete the empty left channel.

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You can read our Manual and the included FAQ: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/.