I'm not using a laptop, so how would I fix this? Sorry, I can barely keep up with your explanation for some reason.
Anyways, I just updated my drivers, which included rebooting, and it's still making the sound.
And yes, there aren't any hubs, and there aren't any extensions. The mic goes straight to the port.
One way around this is to not use the computer five volts. Run the microphone through a wall-powered USB hub by itself . This is a 'bottom of the servicing bag' trick that can also be used to extend a USB cable if you need it to be longer than the usual 6 feet (2M).
We also assuming you're using the standard 2M USB cable, right? No extensions?
I wasn't aware such a thing existed, do you mean a USB hub that you plug into a wall, but then run another male-male USB cable to the computer? Anyways, I don't have any, and a quick google search turns up $20-$30 hubs, which I don't really want to spend for right now. Thanks for the help on locating the problem though!
The cable is definitely longer than 6 feet, I don't know the exact measurement, but I'm guesstimating about 12 feet. I'm not using any extensions--this is just how long the cord is. Is EMI the issue here?
Also, why does my mic work some of the time, but not all of the time? This is a fairly new development here--it only started doing this yesterday, but beforehand it worked perfectly. Nothing was changed since then, except for what I've done to try to remedy the problem.