HI all, I’m having issues recording in stereo. While there are 2 channels recording, I’m getting identical wave patterns in each, resulting in a mono playback.
I’m using the following:
- Audacity 2.1.1 downloaded via exe file in Dec 2015. Set up shows: MME, Realteck High Definition as recording device and 2(Stereo) recoding channels
- Windows 10
I’m recording via USB from a Soundlab G056C turntable.
Does anyone have any idea why I’m not seeing different wave patterns in the stereo channels?
Check that Windows is set to record in stereo from the USB device in the Windows Sound Control Panel.
I apologize if these are “dumb questions”…
I’m getting identical wave patterns in each, resulting in a mono playback…
…Does anyone have any idea why I’m not seeing different wave patterns in the stereo channels?
Are you hearing mono or seeing mono? It’s not unusual for both channels to look identical unless you zoom way-way in.
Are you sure the record is stereo? Some records were mono, especially records made before the mid- sixties.
If you run the Vocal Remover effect with the default (simple) option the left & right channels will be subtracted. If the left & right channels are identical (“digitally mono”), you’ll get dead-silence. That would most-likely be a Windows configuration problem.
If it’s a stereo record and a stereo recording, vocals, lead instruments, and bass will be drastically reduced or removed. But, there should be plenty of sound remaining.
If you have a mono record but you’re recording in stereo, the Vocal Remover will make it very quiet, except the vinyl “snap”, “crackle”, and “pop”, won’t be reduced because the noise in each channel is different.
Thanks DVDdoug, no probs, not a dumb question at all. Yes, the record is definitely stereo. I’ve also zoomed in on the wave patterns and unfortunately they are identical.
Please try the vocal remover experiment. That will help narrow-down the source of the problem.
I STRONGLY SUSPECT you have an ANALOG PROBLEM. It could be the turntable or the record itself. (If it’s a mono record, that’s not really a “problem”.)
More than one poster connected the USB as required and then connected the analog turntable cables to the computer Mic-In in addition. Then they tried to capture the turntable via Mic-In. That’s almost always going to be mono, if the sound survives at all.
It’s certainly possible to miswire a turntable cartridge. I did that once. That will give you an odd-sounding performance—in mono.
Transfer All Your Vinyl!! USB turntables are not top of the line devices. Everybody knows you’re going to transfer the last record and put the whole thing on the trash pile. They are dumpster food. You’re probably not going to leave it to your children in your will.
Some turntables fail too soon.