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Studio 68 outputting mono when no PC is connected to USB

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asked Apr 25, 2019 in Studio Series USB Interfaces by nathanlim1 (180 points)
I have a brand new Studio 68, but when I use it standalone (i.e. with no computer hooked up to the USB) with a stereo keyboard plugged in to line 1 and line 2, it outputs mono through the headphones and main outputs and line outputs (depending on Mon button). It doesn't matter which settings I useā€”the output is always mono.

If I attach my Mac via USB, and hook it to Garage Band, I see stereo in Garage Band. If I route the Garage Band output back through the Studio 68, then I can hear stereo from the Studio 68 (either headphone or via main or monitor through amp and speakers).

However, the main reason for using Studio 68 will be as a standalone mixer with occasional recording to the computer. Why can't I hear stereo while standalone (i.e. without the computer)?

Does anyone else observe this behavior?

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answered Aug 16, 2019 by michaeljackson31 (260 points)
Same issue here, it's been driving me crazy.  I'm thinking that there isn't a way to do a "direct monitor" of stereo input, it seems like it's treating everything as 4 mono devices in direct input mode, with no possibility to do direct monitoring in stereo.  Which is highly frustrating, as I require latency free stereo monitoring.
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answered Jan 22, 2020 by salarico (140 points)
Experiencing the same with the Studio 1810c. Computer mix is stereo but line input synths are mono. Very frustrating! Have you had any results?
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answered Feb 6, 2020 by nathanlim1 (180 points)
I ended up returning the Studio 6|8 and purchasing a real mixer with recording ability. This suited my needs better than the Studio 6|8, which is a recording interface that doesn't quite have mixing ability.
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answered Apr 1, 2020 by fenglin4 (220 points)
I have the same problem as you. I'm model 68c. I can't get stereo through direct monitoring. I have to turn on the software monitoring mode under the recording software to get stereo effect