**SOLVED** Blue Yeti - Not Recording Both Channels

Ok. Gonna try and answer all these questions.

I have nothing else running. This computer is basically brand new, out of the box. My wife just got it on Christmas. To my knowledge, Zoom isn’t even installed on here. I’ll try the shutdown procedure you talked about and see what that does.

Yes. I do have two Yeti mics, and have tested both mics on both computers. For the purposes of trying to figure out what’s going on, I have been sticking to one. Audacity does recognize it as a two channel mic. But the problem is, the recording itself. I may post a sound clip of what it sounds like.
Also, my playback device is usually selected as “Speakers (Yeti Stereo Mic)”. When I took the pictures and ran the device info, I just didn’t have them plugged in. Like I said before, when I have the headphones plugged in, you can tell the mic is functioning correctly in the left and right because of the onboard monitoring the mic provides. There just seems to be some breakdown from mic to computer. I’ll plug it all up and run the device info again, just to see.

I have the basic Blue Yeti. My mic looks just like the one pictured and yes, it’s in the stereo position.

Again, to my knowledge, it doesn’t. At least I haven’t installed any of those. But I will double check.

Thanks so much again for all the digging. I really appreciate this. I also have a dialogue going with Dell to see if it’s something on the computer end as well.

Here’s the new device info after having the headphones and everything plugged in. Same info as was mentioned. Recording still is still incorrect. After talking with Dell, they had me install new drivers on the computer, one of which being the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver. I was hoping that would fix it, but it hasn’t yet.
deviceinfo laptop 2.txt (7.89 KB)

close all the apps and programs and Shift+Shutdown.

I don’t expect that to magically turn up anything, but as a respected engineer told me, it’s not good to ignore any possibilities. Particularly if you’re stumped.

Blue offers a software package called “Sherpa.”

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I got that from the Yeti information pages on the Dell web site. So they absolutely expect all this to work.


If it was always broken on both computers, we would have had this licked by now. Having two microphones work perfectly on one computer and both fail on the other is a stumper.

Exactly which laptop is it?

New laptops don’t have USB-A connectors any more.

Which one did yours come with and did it need special cables or an adapter device?

I assume your older computer had legacy USB-A connections.


More fishing.

You said when it was working correctly, you could lean left and the left sound meter would bump up. Lean right, and the right meter would go up.

On the laptop, lean left and both sound meters would go up. Lean right and they would both go down? Just so we understand that.

I know this is insane, but I don’t suppose you can get access to another computer?

Another out-there idea. When we find out which laptop it is, it’s not unusual for new computers to ship with Extra Special Custom Software and it’s easy to ignore that in the buzz of opening a new machine. This is Promotion and Publicity getting their hand in the pie. Particularly if it might make the machine more desirable to a large, affluent demographic.


I’m at work now, but I can answer this at least. Its a Dell 7506 2-in-1. It does have two regular USB 3.2 gen1 ports. So no adapter was needed to plug it up.

When monitoring my mic in audacity, you can see that it is picking up the left side much better than the right.

This is from the first message.

How do you see that?

If you tell Audacity Click to Start Monitoring so the sound meters bounce without going into record, do you have normal Left recording meter and really low right recording meter?

But yet when you press Record, both left and right meters meet? Or they’re still different during the recording, but you get the mono matching meters when you try to play the recording?

Something in that process didn’t come out right. The goal of monitoring is to see what the recording is going to look like when you do press the red record button. If yours doesn’t do that, it’s a red flag.


That may not have come out right when I explained. Lemme try again. When I do the click to monitor, both the left and the right channels are in sync. They move together, when on my other computer, they move independently of each other, as they should. When I said “monitor”, I should have said the recorded, blue wavelengths. Based on what side of the mic I am on, the wavelengths are bigger or smaller. In this case, the wavelength shows that the left side is picking up sound when the right side is not.

Also just discovered that my headphone jack on the computer isn’t working. Well, it’s working, but it’s only letting out a loud, piercing sound. I tested this with not just recording, but with music and videos. This being a new computer, I haven’t tested the headphone jack as I’ve been plugging my headphones into the Yeti mic. Not sure if that could be a clue or not. Either way, I feel I’m gonna have to get this computer fixed already, or replaced.

Just a slight update. I tested the mic on audacity on an old laptop I have woth windows 7. Well, after the pain of getting it booted up, I tested it, and it worked as it should. I am now suspecting that there may he something internally wrong with my new computer. Especially after finding out that my headphone jack is messed up. I am now talking to Dell to see if I am needing to replace my computer since I’ve only had it a couple of weeks.

Just an update. Working with the Dell people, I’ve got my headphone jack working, so that’s a plus. However, still having the mic trouble. I assume that since no one has posted here recently, we are out of ideas? HAHA

The forum does super well, but we don’t hit them all out of the park.

We should remember you had a known flaky computer right out of the box.

Not getting my warm and fuzzy here.


The only idea I have left is rather drastic: Reinstall Windows.

Hey, noob here with the same problem, only with an audiotechnica and the focusrite scarlet solo. I’ve got everything set to stereo but still recording in mono (only on one track of the two)

I found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRfODcloiBc and it solved THAT part of the problem at least. (still playing with the rest)

Try going back into the properties you showed us early on, and change it to 1 channel- stereo over the 2 channel- stereo. See if that helps.

Hey, noob here with the same problem,

Actually, you have a different issue. :wink: The Yeti is a stereo mic with 2 (or 3?) internal mic elements, one pointed to the left and one pointed to the right.

You have a stereo interface with a microphone plugged into the left channel and nothing plugged into the right.

Have a new Dell and had the exact same issue. I was able to fix it by doing this. Hope it helps…

Go to microphone properties, in the advanced tab-disable audio enhancements. Make sure the 2 channel is set to 48k hz.

No. 99% of microphones are mono and stereo recording is normally done with 2 mics. Stereo is 2 separate channels for left & right. A stereo mic is 2 mics in one housing.

Regular analog stereo mics have a special connector (with more wires/connections) and an adapter that splits-out separate left & right connections. [u]Here[/u] is a stereo mic I found (crazy expensive!) and one of the images shows the split cable with 2 connectors. The Yeti doesn’t need that because the USB connector can carry stereo.

A single voice or a single instrument is mono.*

If you have a choir, orchestra, or band, spread-out across the stage you can record in stereo with one mic pointed toward the left and another pointed toward the right (or spaced-out and positioned left & right). Sometimes “wide” instruments like a piano or drum kit are recorded in stereo but that’s sort-of an “enhancement”. With a piano or drum kit live on stage you can’t really hear left & right… The angle is too narrow and there is lots of reflected sound. (The reflected sound does come from all directions.)


  • You can use a stereo interface to record voice on one side and guitar in the other, but that doesn’t sound natural so they’d normally be panned to the center (or nearly center) in the final mix.

Most modern studio recordings are recorded multitrack with many different “mono” tracks and then during mixing the tracks are panned left-to-right across the virtual soundstage with the lead vocals in the center (center = equal in both channels).

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! THAT DID IT!!! Man, I hope others find this thread and use it. You have just ended weeks of headache!!!

hey, yea i have the same problem, ouff finally i found someone has same problem, i thought it’s from the mic or smth, when i plug my headphones into the mic, i can hear the stereo works perfectly but when i start recording it with the same setup microphone, the left sounds great nd the right doesn’t sound great at all xD, nd i hated it so much, i guess there’s something right there to fix, i know it sucks xD, hahaha at first i thought i might get deaf or smth hahaha, thank god i found ur review on it and if you have found any solution, please tell us, i rlly don’t wanna put this mic on garbage xD

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Rlynnwright’s post seems to have fixed this for most people: