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AKG Perception Microphone ony recording in mono but want stereo.

I have an AKG Perception 200 microphone and it is only recording through the left channel. The driver is set to stereo and the right channel barely picks up any sound whatsoever. Im a novice when it comes to this. Just started so be kind. Im using a very old software that im accustomed to which is Sonar Producers Edition 3. The mic is running through a phantom power and then through a direct line in to the mic port on the pc. Any suggestions and solutions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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A TRS cable is not always a stereo cable. It can be, but in this case, from an XLR it would be a balanced mono connection. If your inpute is in stereo, you need a stereo Y cable to split the stereo input of your sound card into two mono inputs. Then record either side as a mono channel. That way you can pan the signal left or right.

If you are inputing to an unbalanced mic input (TS jack), you need to use a low impedance to high-impedance transformer. Again record to a mono channel, as you are only recording in mono with a single mic.

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I have similar problems with inputing stereo sound. How do you know your mic port on the PC is set for stereo? What kind of a cable are you using? If it is an XLR, the connection is pure mono. Maybe you need a TRS cable, which looks like a 1/4 inch jack but is really stereo. Maybe you need a stereo mini. Usually a cable mismatch is the problem. Is your phantom power supply passing stereo? All the ones I have seen are mono. You may need two. Is your sound capture set for stereo? Are the input level controls set correctly for equal volume on left or right channel? I would try the mic with a regular amplifier to insure both channels are working. Then trace the signal from mic to power supply and power supply to computer.

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    I have similar problems with inputing stereo sound. How do you know your mic port on the PC is set for stereo? What kind of a cable are you using? If it is an XLR, the connection is pure mono. Maybe you need a TRS cable, which looks like a 1/4 inch jack but is really stereo.
    Maybe you need a stereo mini. Usually a cable mismatch is the problem.
    Is your phantom power supply passing stereo? All the ones I have seen are mono. You may need two.
    Is your sound capture set for stereo? Are the input level controls set correctly for equal volume on left or right channel?
    I would try the mic with a regular amplifier to insure both channels are working. Then trace the signal from mic to power supply and power supply to computer.

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    Arthur Aldrich Dec 03, 2008

    I have similar problems with inputing stereo sound. How do you know your mic port on the PC is set for stereo? What kind of a cable are you using? If it is an XLR, the connection is pure mono. Maybe you need a TRS cable, which looks like a 1/4 inch jack but is really stereo.
    Maybe you need a stereo mini. Usually a cable mismatch is the problem.
    Is your phantom power supply passing stereo? All the ones I have seen are mono. You may need two.
    Is your sound capture set for stereo? Are the input level controls set correctly for equal volume on left or right channel?
    I would try the mic with a regular amplifier to insure both channels are working. Then trace the signal from mic to power supply and power supply to computer.

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