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How do I put my headphones and speakers in stereo?

I upgraded from a Mobile-Pre to an M-Track Quad. My goal was to be able to hear music and metronome through my headphones, while the audience, only, hears music through the speakers.

Even though, with the Mobile-Pre, I could hear music through both of my speakers, the problem was that I could only hear metronome in one ear.

Now, having set my Cue Out from 2 to 3/4 and my Master Out from 1 to 1/2 in Ableton Live, not only do I hear metronome in one ear, I hear music through one speaker.
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  • Hi Rob,

    Thanks for posting!

    This sounds like it could just be a matter of panning or something that you're doing in Ableton. Here's what I would imagine you would want to do:

    - Connect your speakers to the monitor outputs (1/2) on the back of the Quad. Left speaker in output 1, right speaker in output 2
    - Set Mono/Stereo switch to stereo
    - Turn Monitor Mix knob all the way to the right (USB)
    - Set Monitor Source switch to All

    So, now if you send the metronome to outputs 3/4 and your music output to 1/2, you should get stereo playback from both, and by monitoring 'ALL' outputs you will here both signals in your headphones. If that doesn't work, than there is likely some weird routing/panning leftover from your older setup.

    I hope this helps!
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    • Every output on the M-Track is a single channel. If you only use one output, you'll only get one side of your signal.

      So, as I mentioned earlier, you need a cable from Output 1 going to your left speaker and a cable for output 2 going to your right speaker to get a full left/right signal.
    • Now that I have a cable going from each output to each speaker, I can hear music through both. But, I'm, still, getting music and metronome through one side of my headphones!
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  • And the monitor source switch is set to "ALL?"

    We know that the output from Ableton is coming through as stereo so as long as you're monitoring all the outputs, you will get stereo output of the music in your headphones. If that's not happening, than that sounds like an issue with the headphones or an adapter if you are using one.

    Make sure to try different headphones and different adapters. If you are using an adapter, make sure that it has two black rings around it and not just one:



    I hope this helps!
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