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Discussion in 'Recording' started by zoodie, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. zoodie

    zoodie Guest

    Alright so I am extremely new to this recording thing. i have been writing for years and decided taht I needed to get some stuff down...

    I have recent acquiered:

    1 Shure SM57 mic
    1 Samson C03 mic
    1 M-Audio MobilePre to connect to my MacBook Pro.
    and a copy of Logic Express 8...

    Now like I said Im brand new to this and have no idea what Im doing but am learning slowly...but heres my problem.

    The M-Audio Mobile Pre has 2 channel inputs..and when I recording anything wiht either the C03 or SM57...i obviously plug the mic into one of the channels.....now...everything is coming out mono...only out of one speaker......is there something I can do in order to recored or simulate a stereo sound wiht the equipment that I have?...any help or advice would be grealty appreciated....thanks!..
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Your answer is in the Logic 8 manual - input monitoring, pages 374 & 375.
    Read also the M-Audio manual, pages 21 & 22 - direct monitoring setup.

    BTW, one mic on one source is mono, one track is mono; even when one mic comes out of two speakers, it's still mono.
  3. zoodie

    zoodie Guest

    mm...but the thing is..when i recored....the waves on the track are only going up..like it is literally only recording one channel and playing back on one speaker......i even tried running it through garage badn and it did the same thing...i think the problem might be with the M-Audio Mobile Pre...but im not sure....any advice is greatly appreciated....
  4. zoodie

    zoodie Guest

    basically i just need to know how to get the sound to come out of both speakers which it does not seem to want to do....even after fumbling with the monitoring functions.....when i am actually recording....and monitoring it...it does comeo ut of both speakers...and on the software u see wave lengths goin both up and down......however..once i stop recorinng and go to playback....it only comes out of one speaker....and there are only wave lengths going up....
  5. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Sadly, I don't own Logic so I can't really help you there.
    My guess it that in the Audio preferences something is not set right, or within the control panel for the M-Audio box.

    Are you recording one mic input to a stereo track in Logic?

    What do you mean by 'you only see wavelengths going up?'
  6. Music_Junky

    Music_Junky Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Reykavik Iceland
    That was my first thougt to..

    Make sure you are recording to a mono track not stereo. Stereo would playback your track eather hard left or right
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Something you may want to try (also don't have Logic, so I might be off base)

    If you're recording a mono track (one mic picking up vocals is mono), make sure you're not recording it to a stereo track. If you are, you'll only get sound out of one speaker.

    Make sure the track you're recording it to in your software is set to mono and only has one input designated to it.

    This is most likely the problem.
  8. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Yeah, so the moral of the story is: Don't record to a stereo track.
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
  9. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    Ive tracked In logic before . I think you can click on the track and change it to mono.. I could be wrong , its been a while
  10. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    It's good that you admit to not knowing what you're doing.
    Now, Logic is a massive program with a tome of a manual.
    The good news is that it's written quite well.
    Back when I didnt' know what I was doing and I first started with Logic, I opened the manual to page 1. I read and practiced what I read with the software. When I felt I had fully understood that, I turned the page to page 2.
    3 months later I had a BASIC grasp on how Logic worked. After an additional 3 months I was ready to start doing some real recording.
    Keep in mind, this was back in the early days of DAW's and computers, when there weren't very many standards and the internet was in it's infancy.
    Now a day's programs are a bit more user friendly and you should be able to get up to speed in about half the time. but the bottom line is that if you want to know how this stuff works, then you're going to have to spend some time with that manual.
    I know it's hard to believe, but it can be your friend.
  11. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    This isn't a response to the original question - more of an amplification of it. Aren't there any tutorial books out the for logic? With other DAWs that get slagged pretty regularly around here there are books like this and a few dozen others that will get you up to speed on a huge collection of bells and whistles in a few days. Software that's a full-time job to learn isn't much good unless it's ... well ... your full-time job.

    Just askin'.
  12. 1000heads

    1000heads Guest

    look up sf logic ninja on youtube. this guy is great at teaching some tactics on Logic and Reason. I love youtube!!!
  13. 1000heads

    1000heads Guest

    look up sf logic ninja on youtube. this guy is great at teaching some tactics on Logic and Reason. I love youtube!!!
  14. sshack

    sshack Active Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    In Logic 8 you either choose your input as channel 1, 2, or 1-2.

    If you're using channel 1 on your M-Audio, pick input 1 on your Logic channel, same thing if you're using channel 2.

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