Record levels for 4 mics

New user running 2.3.1 with an Audient iD44 interface. I am recording 4 mic tracks and can see levels in the track info for each as I record, but the recording level in the meter toolbar only shows the first two channels…I don’t see a way to monitor all 4 levels before recording, or alternately to assign which input channels are shown in the recording level meter. I must be missing something obvious!

I must be missing something obvious!

You bought a stereo mixer with tricks.

A real multi-channel mixer would have four large signal level meters on the front rather than just two. Also, the connections on the back are split up into Left and Right groupings rather than just 1, 2, 3, 4 and you decide what to do with each channel.

I think the best you can do is use the tiny SIG and PEAK lights to set volume.

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Two of them will reflect their operation in the larger meters, Match the missing two to those two.

It’s possible the larger sound meters will only give you a summary indication, in which case you only have the tiny lights.

You will need to determine with crystal clarity what the lights are doing. Watch the Audacity recording meters and the SIG light under varying conditions so you know the relationship. Once you’re comfortable, set all four that way during the show.


Are you dead sure Audacity is recording all four tracks? It’s not unusual for multi-channel mixers and other devices to arrive in Audacity as collections of stereo tracks. So you can record 3-4 or 1-2, but you never get all four at once.

Roll through all these variations before you try to record a show. It would be a nasty surprise to tell your three friends that two of them didn’t get into the show.


Thanks Koz. I can move a single mic between the 4 inputs while recording and see the input levels change across Audacity tracks, so I’m pretty sure I’m getting all 4. Also, Audient provides a separate app called iD Mixer that shows all input level meters. (The LED meters on the front of the interface are actually output levels for the what’s coming back from Audacity.)

I can certainly run both apps, but since Audacity shows 2 record levels, one stop shopping would be even better! :slight_smile:

The only other way I can think of to do this with existing tools is watch the Audacity waveforms. You can set them to constantly update through the course of the show, instead of running off the screen.

Audacity > Preferences > Tracks > Display > [X] Auto Scroll…


That’s exactly what I’m currently doing, although it’s not the same thing as record level meters, which hold the peaks for a second or two in a side-by-side display.

Sounds like this would be a new feature request, to have a way to show the same number of record level meter bars as the number of input channels selected in the device toolbar.

Thanks, Koz.