M-Audio Fast-Track Only Recording Left Side?

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I'm using an M-Audio Fast Track audio interface on a Windows 7 machine with Camtasia Studio 7. Recording System Audio works perfectly. But the microphone/narration recording only records the left side. So when Camtasia plays, you hear the narration on the left side, and the system audio in perfectly balanced stereo. I've tried every conceivable setting on the Fast-Track and in the M-Audio settings.

Is this something anyone else has had a problem with?

Thanks.

Ken
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Ken as far as I know when it comes to the M-Audio Fast-Track USB Interface it only records in mono. One thing to try is recording into something like Audacity and seeing if you hear the playback of the recorded audio in both speakers then, which you should even though it is mono. Keep in mind that the system audio is coming from the Windows 7 computer itself and that is going to have stereo.

Are you using the Camtasia Studio Recorder and doing voice narration at the time of the screen recording or are you recording your audio separate from the video with another software like Audacity or something? Also, inside the Camtasia Studio Recorder (Version 7 or 8) Under the Tools>Options>Inputs>Audio have you changed the audio settings to stereo as they are set to mono by default. This is just a few suggestions for you to try out. Let us know if this helps at all and thanks for posting.
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Thanks for the reply Fred. I'm doing Camtasia recordings involving Reaper audio recording software (teaching audio recording, ironically). So I'm narrating at the time of the screen recording. The system audio involves recording playback from Reaper. I did a workaround yesterday by exporting Audio Track 1 from Camtasia, opening it in Adobe Audition, and converting it to stereo (still a mono signal, but both left and right channels have the audio now - which is how a mono track should have been recorded).

I'll check the audio settings as you mentioned, but that sounds like it would record system audio in mono too, which wouldn't work for me. I'll let you know though. thanks!

Ken
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Your welcome Ken. By chance is your reaper using the ASIO or WDM for recording? I know that TechSmith does not support ASIO as of yet and I hope they add this feature as it helps when using any Pro Audio Equipment. Just another thought for you to think about. I am using an E-MU USB 0404 External Audio Interface (Soundcard) with my Mackie 1642 VLZ3 Mixer and record directly into a Roland R-05 Digital Recorder for a backup of my audio and I have made some tutorials on Adobe Audition but, I have not done this for awhile. Have a great day.
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I can switch Reaper to using the Fast-Track with Wave Out. So that's not an issue. I did try your suggestion to record with mono and it worked perfectly! To my surprise it recorded the system audio in stereo just fine, while recording the microphone dead center.

Perfect! Thanks!

Ken
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Glad my suggestions helped a little Ken. Have a great day.
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I'm using AA 3.0.1 with an M-Audio mixer. When I record it only records in mono. I've had this issue before and found that deleting AA and reloading works. Is there any other option?
Thanks, any ideas would be appreciated greatly. 
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I'm getting my narration on the left side as well. (using Camtasia add-on in PowerPoint). I have a Shure mic going through a Focusrite 2i2, pretty standard stuff. Am I correct in hearing that Camtasia doesn't interact well with this equipment, and just makes it stereo and dumps the narration onto the left channel? The workaround is to mix it to mono after the fact in Camtasia's program, but that's one more thing I'd have to do in my workflow and that not optimal. Any suggestions?
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settings to mono works for me in both OBS and Audacity ... can't find the setting to make this adjustment in Camastia - though I probably have not looked in the right place as I am currently just doing a trial. If I can't find or it doesn't have this setting I will not purchase. I think I am missing something.