I will try to be clear, and concise while answering prior questions to get clear and concise advice.
No, the problem has not been fixed, HOWEVER, I think I’m closer to the culprit, and in my “step-by-step” approach ran into another related issue with recording streaming audio.
I have in my desktop PC two audio circuits. 1. Realtek, that is my ASUS motherboard OEM component. 2. ASUS Essence STX 2 plug & play sound card.
I use the sound card for my primary music listen (through my “old-school” Onkyo receiver), and Audacity audio streaming recording. Ie: Spotify, YouTube… as well as editing converted vinyl to digital albums (ie: eliminate pops, skips, hisses…)
I’m 99% certain the issue is with my very expensive, top of the line, rated 2nd overall… (can you tell I’m discussed with lack of quality in most products today?) Essence STX sound card!
To answer Koz’s question about L/R sound balance. There is a definite lowering of sound output from the left side, when recording from the sound card. Which is reflected in the sound-wave graph in Audacity. This fact makes me confused by your statement Audy; “The file plays for me OK in Audacity and L and R are same volume. and I hear it pan from L to R.” When you said, “The file” I’m assuming the sample file I uploaded with my original post? It clearly shows a huge decrease in volume on the left channel. When I listen to anything captured, that decreased sound-wave is clearly reflected while listening. I’m not sure how it sounded ok on your equipment???
The sound balance is fine through my Realtek, HOWEVER, the other issue I touched on briefly is that when I set up the recording “device” in Audacity, as well as in Window’s Sound Settings, to the default of Realtek, Audacity does not register any sound while playing music regardless of the source, ie: my own audio, YouTube, Spotify… In other words, it’s “flat-line” on the sound-wave graph, and while I click “start monitoring” on the indicator, no sound is detected.
There is only two possible inputs; “line-In” & “mic”. I’ve tried them both, as well as played around with Audacity “audio settings” Interface… toggled between; MME, MS Soundmapper, Windows Direct Sound, Windows WASAPI
I’ve temporarily uninstalled the Essence STX software, and driver. Before I re-install it, I’ll wait to hear back to see if there is anything I should try with the Realtek while it’s isolated.
Sorry for the long post; want to give you a comprehensive assessment. Thanks again guys.