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Old November 11th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Can a mono mic record "stereo"?

I have a mic with a mono 1/4" jack. when I use said microphone with a stereo 1/8" stereo adapter plug I get audio on only the right channel, of course. What kind of adapter do I need to use to get sound on both left and right channels?

I understand that I can easily fix this in post, but it would be nice to not have to do so if I can avoid it.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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Re: Can a mono mic record "stereo"?

What's the make and model of the mic?

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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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Mono Phone Jack to 1/8 Stereo Plug Adapter : Adapters | RadioShack.com

Of course, you understand that isn't "stereo". It is a single ("mono") audio signal feeding both L & R channels.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Re: Can a mono mic record "stereo"?

Yes, Ty, thanks for catching that, it's a plug, of course :)

Richard, the plug you kindly linked for me is actually an RCA jack to 1/8". I had to read the specs to find this out.

At least I understand what to look for, right? A 1/4" mono to stereo adapter. If I'm wrong please correct me.

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Old November 11th, 2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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Old November 11th, 2013, 11:01 PM   #6
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Perhaps this sort of thing?

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fairly common item, possibly even at radio shack: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103725

Of course, it's not stereo, as you know, but splits mono out to TRS. I believe if you look on these sites you will find 1/4" TS to 1/8" TRS adapters also.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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Richard, the plug you kindly linked for me is actually an RCA jack to 1/8". I had to read the specs to find this out.
RadiopShack® 1/8" Mono Jack to 1/8" Stereo Plug Adapter - RadioShack.com

The clueless copy-writers at Radio Shack don't know how to spell "phono".
"Phone" and "phono" are two VERY DIFFERENT kind of connectors.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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The OP likely has a 1/4" mono (TS) male "plug" and wants an adapter that will feed both channels of a 1/8" TRS input connection. I haven't looked thoroughly but a combination of adapters may be needed.. or a different cable for the mic.. if it's detachable.. or.. cut off the 1/4" plug and solder on a 1/8" TRS 'plug'.

Radio Shack can't even spell the own name correctly "RadiopShack"
Might as well just change it to "Shack O' Shame"
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #9
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Rick your comment gave me my first good laugh of the day, thanks! "Shack O' Shame" certainly fits. The website is atrocious!

I guess a new cord is in order? I wonder if there is a cable that is XLR to 1/8" inch? I will look around. There is a shop in town close to here that can probably take the 1/4" off and replace it with a 1/8" for me.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #10
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Found it at Sweetwater. $10. Done. Thanks everyone for getting me pointed in the right direction!
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Old November 13th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #11
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You guys are making me feel ancient - I remember when Radio Shack was a real outfit that sold real components from behind a counter. Only hardcore techies went there.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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Yes, Radio Shack, Lafayette, and Olson (Olsen?) all sold lots of parts, and lots of gear as well... mics, speakers, mixers, and many other components. Most (if not all) of the gear was imported and rebranded, but at least it worked. In fact Radio Shack sold their own line of amateur radio tranceivers (rebranded either from Icom or Maxon IIRC) with a very good reputation, and many of them are still in use today, 30+ years later.

If I walk into the local Radio Scrap store today, a snotty teenage girl, with a "Manager" name badge, tells me that "those little parts are such a pain" and the only products she understands are the pastel color cellphone cases.

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Old November 13th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #13
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Radio Shack no longer carries the proper audio and video components I need. I was surprised to find everything I needed, in stock, at Fry's!
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Old November 13th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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I also recall the 'Lafayette Radio' stores and Lafayette products. In fact, I still have a Lafayette clock/radio that actually works.
It seems many of the 'Shack O' Shame' workers are McDonald's rejects and don't know much about anything, especially electronics. Sorry if I offended anyone. There are exceptions.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 02:21 PM   #15
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At least in the UK we now have a store called Maplins which seems pretty close to what Tandy (radio shack) was in the 70's and 80's although you can always find things cheaper on e-bay or direct from China!
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