Typical newbie question I assume: made an acoustical guitar recording using two mics. The meters representing the two mics respond in more or the less same way and the waveform for both mics look the same. Listening to playback there is a big difference between the two tracks, actually it doesn’t as stereo becuase one of the channels is very weak. Teh headphone isn’t broken or something like that.
Learn how to use a gain knob…!? Or a volume fader…!? Or how to position the microphones correctly…!?
I did spent a lot of time to do this, which resulted in the signals looking the same in two ways: meters, waveform.
Explore phantom power. You don’t give specifics so… .
Phantom power is on for input 1 and 2 (= mic 1 and 2).
I use a Steinberg CI 2 external soundcard (Advanced Integration USB Audio). Samsom C01 condenser mic, together with an AKG c3000 condensermic.
I use a classical guitar, 1 mic more or less in front of the neck next to the hole, one from above. Signals show that they record very well. Gain is open 75% for mic 1 and 95% formic 2.
And don’t just enable it to “try” it, know what you’re doing.
This explains a lot: 2 different kind of mics with very different kind of positions. One mic may pick up transients very well while other doesn’t. In such situation loudness may be very different between channels while meters (which shows transients) are showing very similar levels.
Again: why not post a sample? It could help us a lot.
Depending on what kind of stereo setup you chose, that explains it exactly…
Apart from that, for a true stereophonic recording, you should think about using at least two microphones of the same kind - even better: a stereo matched pair.
To “restore” the stereophonic image of two channels you can turn one fader down, until your guitar is in the middle ( if that is where your signal was intended to be on setting up the stereo recording base.