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Hey guys, just installed my new soundcard and plugged in my mic using the 3.5mm > .25" adapter included. I was messing around in ventrilo and the drivers to try to get sound to register from the mic but so far no dice--changed the input to direct to the driver, so I'm not sure what the issue is.

To be fair I'm kind of clueless how the driver utility works as far as the mic goes (the headphone options are easy enough) so if there's some instructions for any settings I need I guess I don't know them.

TL;DR assumed that aside from idiot-proof vent settings, mics were plug-and-play with the Essence, apparently they are not. Any help is appreciated
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What kind of mic? Does it need phantom power or a preamp or something? Have you checked the software/driver controls to make sure the input is selected and not muted?
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What kind of mic? Does it need phantom power or a preamp or something? Have you checked the software/driver controls to make sure the input is selected and not muted?
Sorry, should have clarified. This is the just the cheap Zalman clip-on that everyone uses. No extra power needed other than just being plugged in.

I've TRIED to make sure it's selected, but the GUI for the drivers is not very intuitive. Nothing's muted, though, as far as I can tell.
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Hey, I'm actually running the exact same setup. AD-1000 for headphone out and $2.99 Zalman clip on.

In the bottom right hand corner make sure the recording device is set to the microphone from your Essence card. I initially had it checked to something else so I wasn't getting any sound from Vent either.

Just to make sure we've covered out bases from Vent itself:
Direct sound is checked
Input device should be set to Microphone (Asus Xonar Essence)

With these 3 settings you should definitely be getting sound from your mic.

There is of course the last option which is to make sure you've plugged in the mic to the correct port on the back
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