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Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

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Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

Voice/music recordings on my Z1 Compact have a much stronger signal in the right channel than the left channel when I download the files and view them in an audio editor. This happens with Sony's Audio Recorder as well as with other audio recording apps. Is this a software issue, or am I going to have to send my phone in for service?

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Re: Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

Z1/Z1C uses secondary, so called noise cancellation microphone to make stereo recordings. It's audio level & quality is a bit different from the main unit, mainly because it's for different purpouses. But you can always normalize audio outputs using freeware Audacity. Just set normalization level to -3dB or 0dB.

Best regards,
Sergio PL

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Xperia Z3 Compact / Nexus 7 (2012)
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Re: Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

Z1/Z1C uses secondary, so called noise cancellation microphone to make stereo recordings. It's audio level & quality is a bit different from the main unit, mainly because it's for different purpouses. But you can always normalize audio outputs using freeware Audacity. Just set normalization level to -3dB or 0dB.

Best regards,
Sergio PL

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Xperia Z3 Compact / Nexus 7 (2012)
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Re: Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

Thanks for the prompt response, SergioPL. 
 
It turns out that I was using Audacity to check the stereo levels (because they sounded off-center through the phone earbuds), but I was not aware that I could "fix it in the mix" using Normalize. It's kind of too bad that one can't just forward a Z1 Compact audio recording to someone without having to go through this extra step, but it's not that big of a deal for me, since I rarely forward things unedited anyway.
 
Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Z1 Compact microphone records unbalanced stereo

I think that if you find a program that records mono you will get single audio level but I would prefer corrected stereo rather than single channel.

Best regards,
Sergio PL

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Xperia Z3 Compact / Nexus 7 (2012)