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recording only in mono, not stereo

Discussion in 'Recording' started by chicity, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. chicity

    chicity Guest

    hey guys,

    i'm using m audio fast track pro as an audio interface. i have the mic connected to the slot 1 and its only recording in mono. i use sony vegas to record. i spoke to the people at guitar center and they told me that the m audio is able to record on stereo. all i have to do is make an adjustment on my software program. the problem is, i cant find a way to record in stereo, in sony vegas or sony sound forge.

  2. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    You should be able to do it in vegas where you select your input source. Select your m-audio input to be in stereo...
  3. chicity

    chicity Guest

    thank you so much for the fast reply. but could you tell me step by step how to get to that option? thank you so much.
  4. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    This may help: :shock:


    If you already have it, you should read it. That operation should be one of the basics. :wink:

  5. hummel

    hummel Guest

    This may be a dumb comment, but in your post you said:
    Are you really recording with only one mic? If so, you won't be able to get stereo since that requires two mics. You should be able to record a single mic to a stereo channel in Vegas but you would end up with the same signal on both the left and right channels.
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Are you using a stereo mic?
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    In vegas,
    Preferences / Audio / Audio Device Type / select yours...

    Next, Right click the record icon next to the fader on the left hand side of the screen.

    Select Stereo input (the nomenclature may differ depending on your device).

    You should then have a L/R speaker icon next to the record button.

    Arm for record, select the folder that you want the recorded files to be stored in.


    If you are not using a stereo mic then this is a pointless waste of HD space.
    Secondly, even if you are using a stereo mic, you should record one side to one mono track and the other side to another track - you'll thank me later!
  8. chicity

    chicity Guest

    i have the akg microphone. it stereo mic. so you're saying its better to record on mono and duplicate that track and copy it to the 2nd pan?

  9. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    No, don't copy it.

    It has a stereo split, single five pin xlr to dual three pin, right?

    What's the model number of the mic?
  10. chicity

    chicity Guest

    i got the akg 414 microphone. i'm still trying to get my mic to record stereo but still no go. i did exactly what bent told me to do. after i selected m audio in my audio preference, i switch to stereo, it only shows that only the left side is recording.

    what i normally do is, i record on one side and i duplicate it and pan it to the right side. it's a little bit annoying because i like to hear my voice on both side of the head phones when im recording. and wouldnt recording on mono affect the sound quality?

  11. chicity

    chicity Guest

    yes it has the 5 pin 3 pin wire
  12. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member


    There's the problem.

    The 414 is not a stereo mic.
  13. chicity

    chicity Guest

    so did i buy the wrong mic? when i purchased it, the guy at guitar center was telling me that the akg 414 is what "snoop dog" uses. thats why i bought it.
  14. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    No, the 414 is a great mic.

    Not my choice for vocals, but that's just me.

    OK, so, you have a great mic there, I have been using Vegas for years, I don't really understand your problem.

    You have the 414 connected to your preamp input, you have recorded it into vegas...

    Hang on, I gotta re-read your thread again...
  15. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Are you monitoring with headphones via the Fasttrack's Headphone output?
  16. chicity

    chicity Guest

    by the way brent. thanks very much. u r my savior.
  17. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Now THAT'S funny.

    Sorry...so the question becomes, Why do you want to record a stereo track for mono content? or Why do you think that Snoop Dog records his vocals in stereo?

    Vocals are mono and you only need the mono track to record the vocals. You can then record another mono track and then pan the two to make them "stereo" but from what I've heard of Snoops songs, I dont think he does that. One mono vocal track is all you need.
  18. chicity

    chicity Guest

    ok the problem i have is that when i record, i only hear my self on 1 side of the headphones. when i use to record at the studio, i would hear my self on 2 side of the headfones. and thats what im use to.
  19. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member


    I don't know if you saw my last post:

    Are you monitoring with headphones via the Fasttrack's headphone output, or another piece of gear?

    Edit> Smoke break, be right back.
  20. chicity

    chicity Guest


    i have my monitors connected on the back of the fasttrack's outputs and my headphones on the front of the fasttrack's outputs.

    so, yes i'm using the headphone output. (i hope, im pretty sure)

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