I'm recording vocals and guitar in a stereo recording and when I playback through the headphones when overdubbing it sounds split. I guess this is how it's supposed to be but I'd almost prefer it be blended in stereo L and R.

Is there a way in Audacity to playback the stereo recording (while overdubbing) blended rather than hearing vocals through the R and guitar through the L?

Lastly, when exporting the final from Audacity, does it end up blending everything equally to L and R, or are the separate tracks played back differently via L and R?

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    If you're recording guitar & vocals from 2 separate mono inputs, you ought to be recording to 2 mono tracks, not one stereo - then you can pan & balance them how you like afterwards.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 25 '16 at 18:23

Are you recording your guitar mic and vocal mic to separate tracks? You should NOT be using "stereo" until the final mix-down. Then you can take each separate track and PAN the image to wherever you wish on the Left-to-Right stereo panorama.


First thing that comes to my mind is make a quad-channel wave where you have a copy of your 2 mono tracks - the end resuld should be a fake quad mix

If using a DAW like Cubase, import the wave, split it in to L and R and set the audio track to MONO - this will give you a fake stereo mix

  • I'm not sure this answer understand the question (Seems like OP wants a completely mono mix).
    – user9881
    Oct 25 '16 at 20:06

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