Getting my mic to work in Audacity

I have a Shure SM7B into a Cloud controller and then into a Focusrite 2i2 and then into my Windows 10 PC. Now I cannot get Windows to acknowledge the Microphone yet Audacity can see it. When I set the record meters to “Start monitoring” I get metering in both the record and the playback monitors. Why is that?

Possibly you are accidentally recording from the computer’s built-in microphone , (which Audacity can “see”).

In Windows 10 a privacy setting was introduced: you have to explicitly permit particular programs (“apps”) access to a microphone.
That could be what is stopping you from connecting the USB audio, see…

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