Originally Posted by DNAyres
No...When he uses a 3.5 mm Microphone he can hear himself in his headphones, but he cannot hear himself in his headphones with the USB microphone. I was wondering if I had a USB -> 3.5 mm Converter if he would be able to hear himself in the headphones, or if I should just get him a 3.5 mm Microphone.
Ah sorry about that
No it's not a job for a converter as such, they are 2 very different sorts of sound info! The USB connection just transmits computer language (it digital), plug that into a 3.5mm socket (which is analog) and all you'll get is silence or maybe horrific static!
A usb mic takes the audio going into the mic and converts it into a computer langauge, this goes into the usb input of a computer and a little program in the computer decodes the info and sends it to a larger program where you can organise it to go to the speakers, sounds complex but its not to bad
If you want to convert a 3.5mm mic into the sort of signal that goes into a USB socket you need an interface, which is extra cost on top of buying the mic etc (though you may want to buy an interface if you ever plan on recording demo's etc).
The USB mic needs to be set to work on the computer, you need to go to the computers control panel, go to 'sound' and select what input you want the computer to listen to. It sounds like the compute is set to listen to the onboard 3.5mm input, but you want it to be set to listen to the USB mic, for this option to be available you will need to have installed any software that came with the usb mic. This software is the instructions for the computer to decode the usb signal from the mic!