I am trying to setup a home recording studio. I recently purchased this Mic Samson R31S ( I know its not that good but i am just giving it a go). When i connect this Mic to the microphone-in port on my laptop and record. I get a very low volume wave when recording. Also the recorded track is mono and not stereo. How do i fix this ? I don't have a mixer. Is there something wrong with the mic or the cable.


Your microphone is only a mono source, so if you want it into both channels you will need a plug which takes this mono signal and adapts it to stereo.

Generally laptop inputs are not the best for audio. Sure, there are some good ones, but generally you want a proper pre-amp with balanced inputs, which is why there is such a strong market in decent audio interfaces and external soundcards.

Without that, the input amplifier in your laptop just may not have sufficient gain.


OK so your new... no biggie we all started some where. First thing you need a board so you can handle the sound appropriately... your computer just won't ever be enough.... no matter what the argument... proper pre Amp is every thing in sound.. get a board get obsessed and have fun.......... this is key

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    absolutes are unlikely to hold – JoshP Nov 11 '12 at 5:29

All live sound (ie bands) are mono... its up to the live sound engineer to blend what your hear into a cohesive cognitive algorithm of bliss that is what the masses deem as music.. but there is nothing wrong with the mic or cable.. single input single output Simple....

  • What about stereo effects? What does a live sound engineer have to do with a home studio? What do you know of the mic or cable to be able to say that there is nothing wrong with them? – JoshP Nov 11 '12 at 5:43
  • I agree that this is a misleading answer. A single element microphone is mono, but stereo microphones exist. Claiming that "all live sound" is mono is vague and inaccurate. – ObscureRobot Nov 16 '12 at 0:29

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