Topic: Why does my analog mic input only record as mono?
I'm trying to get my mic to record as stereo, on Windows. I've tried various configurations, but the audio always only comes in on one channel, or in one ear of my headphones.
At the most ground level, the Windows recording device seems to always be for analog inputs 1 + 2. So, the recording device is always stereo, as far as I can tell. Which means at the minimum, I can only select 2 input channels - not 1.
Because of the above, software that uses my Windows default mic will only pic up the mic on one channel, or in one headphone ear. Some software automatically converts mic audio to stereo, but other software does not. I've got some software that I have to use but people complain that they only hear me in one ear - so it must not be converting to stereo. Another example piece of software that does not convert to stereo, and comes with Windows, is the Voice Recorder program - you can try that program to see what I'm talking about.
So, I tried getting TotalMix FX to do this for me, but I can't seem to make it work. Can TotalMix do this?
Here's some things I tried ...
1. I tried setting the Analog 1 & 2 inputs to stereo. Great, it's now stereo which more naturally mirrors the Windows recording device, but the mic on analog input 1 still only occupies the left channel.
2. With analog 1 & 2 as stereo, I tried fading the input between left and right. I can hear a difference in my headphones, which are plugged right into my Babyface Pro, but I hear no difference through my DAW / Voice Recorder, and also see no difference in the analog 1 & 2 input channel indicators.
3. Again, with analog 1 & 2 as stereo, I set the channel Width to 0 to disable full stereo, which again makes it sound fine through the headphones but still only comes through as mono in the DAW / softwares.
Is there a way to resolve this, so that the mic comes through that Windows recording device as stereo?
I realize I can fix this in a DAW, but my issues lies with just using my mic as a standard day-to-day mic for work, where I don't have control over the applications and how they handle the audio from the Windows recording device.