I’m trying to use a JLab Talk USB mic with Audacity, but the audio is distorted. I’m using the default settings and the laptop mic is fine. The JLab also works fine with other audio apps and has its output volume and gain turned down.
I also just noticed there’s static even when I’m not talking.
So Audacity is not going to change your audio. After you plug in the microphone, check that you are recording from the correct one by doing Transport > Rescan Audio Devices, then Audio Setup > Recording Device.
Also check that you have any Windows Sound Enhancements turned OFF: Disable Audio Enhancements - Microsoft Support