Mono recording question/ Left ear-?

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    • #72008714

      My gear
      Recorder-Tascam Dr 60D MKii
      Mic-Samson C02
      48/24 WAV
      NLE- Sony vegas pro 12 ( Looking to up grade soon)

      My question is in regards to recording dialogue. I know you’re meant to record in Mono and I know what Dual mono is but Why is it that with this recorder when I record in MONO I can hear out of Both the left and right headphone channels where as with my old recorder and gear: Recorder, Marantz PMD 661, Rode NTG2 ( Same settings) Whenever I would record people talking I would only hear it in my left ear?

      Some people in other forums have said that when recording MONO you should still be able to hear out of both L and R channel and that ” Some strange” must have been going on when I was using my Marantz because I was only able to hear out of my Left Chan. But I keep reading different things about that.


      Im a bit confused at what the difference is when it comes to these Audio files. How come some Audio Files have audio waves on the bottom and top and other Audio Files have just a single Audio wave in it?

      My theroy is the Audio file with the waves on top and bottom are stereo and the singular Audio File is a Mono track? if that is the case then I wonder why my old recorder, ( Marantz PMD 661) upon uploading in my NLE would show my Dual Mono recorded files in the “Top and bottom” type of audio file? Where as my Tascam Dr 60D Mkii will up load the audio files in my NLE as the singular audio wave. ( Dual mono also with the tascam)

      Very confusing why I get these two different results when for the most part these two recorders are on the same setting. Only difference I cant think of is the Marantz was set to 96/24 instead of 48/24 but I high doubt that setting is the ” problem”

      it’s all a mystery to a no0b like me so any feedback would be appreciated and any links as well.

      Thank you.
      hope my explanation/description on the two different looking audio files was clear

    • #72008766

      Question 1: A lot of devices do that with mono, plus some computers won’t read it mono but in stereo so one channel (left or right) would have sound and the other would be empty so no sound out of one ear.

      Question 2: A file with two separate waves is a stereo recording (Left and right). A file with only one wave is a mono recording.
      Your Marantz used the older way of recording Dual Mono by using a Stereo file and “filling” the Left channel with the right or vice versa. Its a way of creating a stereo feel from just one channel.
      Your Tascam sounds like it is either recording in mono or (you didn’t say this, I’m guessing this) you have two separate files. I wouldn’t record in Dual Mono unless you want to end up with a stereo file. and even then you can do that in post production with just a regular mono file or even just record in stereo and fill in the empty channel.

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      Dual mono is also twice the size of course. One ear only in the headphones was never ‘mono’ recording, it was just one channel, of two. Real mono recording comes out of both headphones, but as said above is just a single recorded track. It doesn’t matter because you deal with it in the edit.Stereo, twin mono, or real mono – not a problem.

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