How to make mono recording sound come into both speakers

by Natalie
(Victoria - Australia)

QUESTION:


I use a USB mic (a Rode Podcaster) to record my classical guitar onto my PC using Goldwave Audio Recording software.

I set Goldwave to Stereo recording. The Pan button is in the middle, but I only get 1 channel sound. To hear on both speakers, I have to manually 'Audio Mix' it.

Also when I record video, using the Podcaster as a mic. I cannot make the sound come out on both speakers because it's too complicated to separate audio and video images.

I hope you can help me. Thank you very much

Natalie



ANSWER:

Natalie, I think the main problem you are facing is simply recording onto a stereo track with a mono input.

Think of it this way. You have a single channel coming in (there is only one mic). But because your software is set to stereo recording, there are two inputs. You get the mic signal into one but not the other.

I think the problem will be solved if you turn OFF the stereo recording feature, and record onto a mono track. It seems counter intuitive, I know. But when you play that track back, it should come from both speakers.

To record stereo, you need two inputs. To record mono, you only need one. Remember that.

When you are mixing the sound in your software (Goldwave), you are mixing everything that is there onto a single stereo output track (your speakers). When there is a single mono track, the default is to put it equally into both sides of the stereo out. You can customize this with the pan knob. If it is in the middle, it will come from both sides of the final stereo mix.

I hope this helps you out. If it doesn't, leave a comment below, and I'll try to help further.

-Lee
www.Bedroom-Recording.com

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Consider
by: Boyce Printup

I do consider all of the ideas you have introduced in your post.

Feb 04, 2012
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You're Welcome!
by: Lee

You're welcome, Natalie. Glad to help. Check back often.

Feb 04, 2012
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Mono recording sound to 2 speakers - Thanks Lee
by: Natalie

Hello Lee,

Thank you so much for your explanation and advice; it makes so much sense. I will experiment with the way you said and will report the result in a near future.

Thanks a lot!

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