■ Why doesn’t my microphone seem to work or record? - Most microphones or headsets on the market today house a TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve) jack and the USB-AUDIO is designed to accommodate this. Mono or TS (Tip Sleeve) microphones will need a 3.5mm mono to stereo adapter installed in line in order to work converting TS to TRS (see image below for visual example). XLR microphones (even if adapted to 3.5mm TRS) will also not work.
■ Can I use this audio adapter for audio production/recording? USB audio adapters in general inherit about a 500ms delay/latency. You can offset this latency in your recording software or in post production, but is not recommended for live recording and broadcasting in a professional environment.
■ Can I use the USB-AUDIO output as well as the default output jack at the same time? - No. Most operating systems support multiple audio outputs, but only allow a single one to be enabled at a time. So this manual step of selecting the right audio output from the operating system’s built-in audio control panel is essential.
■ It is plugged into my PC but I get no audio or I get sound out of my laptop speakers. - An extra step is needed. After plugging in the USB-AUDIO, also ensure the audio adapter is set to be your primary playback- and recording device in your control panel or system preferences.