This is so frustrating. Ok so, when i try to pan hard left and hard right, in reaper, the volume only gets lower. It doesnt pan at all. I've tried other DAWs like audacity, garage band, pro tools, I have them all and yet ALL of them cannot pan left right...

I dont understand this... If anyone could help id be in your debt forever.
Maybe your speakers are mono and you are only hearing one side. If you can hear only right panning right will be volume up and vice versa. Try using a pair of headphones or different speakers
Also your output channel may be set to mono.

So, try panning the master channel and if it works the problem's software, otherwise it's hardware.
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