Mono Recording from Audio-Technica LP120 [SOLVED]

Hi, I’ve been having an issue trying to record vinyl to my new laptop. Actually, I had the same issue with my old laptop but haven’t run into it as much with my ancient desktop, which is what’s weird.

When I try to record from my Audio Technica LP-120 to my laptops (both are Dell Inspirons), I am unable to pick up the difference in stereo channels. The laptop records both channels but records them exactly the same. In other words, if the record I’m playing has bass isolated to the left channel and vocals isolated to the right, this won’t be the case in the playback on my laptop; it’ll just be both instruments in both channels.

My desktop computer (also a Dell) is from the stone age, but is able to record with proper playback, and this is literally the only reason I haven’t thrown the thing away yet. Someone, please help.

(Apologies if this question has already been answered … I can’t find the answer, possibly because I’m a total novice when it comes to this stuff and don’t really know the terminology.)

Obvious answer first: check this FAQ to make sure Windows has the turntable set to stereo recording: How can I record in stereo?


Hmm, Audacity says it’s recording in stereo but yes I do believe the laptop has been identifying it as a microphone.
I do also remember seeing 2 channel 16-bit 44100 Hz" being selected, but I will check that again tonight.
Thanks for the reply. I will let you know if this fixes it.

THAT FIXED IT!!! Thank you so much! I’m not surprised it was something so simple that I missed. Like I said, total novice. Thanks again.
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