They might be color coded with one pink for the microphone and one green for the headset, or have symbols showing a microphone and headphone.
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USB plugs Look flat and rectangular. USB headsets, speakers and microphones only have one plug each. Most computers have at least two matching USB ports that are same shape as the plug. How do I connect my microphone, speakers, or headset?
Insert the pink plug or the plug with the microphone symbol into the port on your computer with the matching color or symbol. Insert the green plug or the plug with the headphones symbol into the port on your computer with the matching color or symbol. Insert both plugs into the matching ports on your computer.
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You can test it out by turning up the volume on your computer and speaking into the microphone. You should hear your own voice play back to you in realtime, which means live monitoring is working.
GarageBand will ask you about your input settings. That is the ring that carries the microphone signal. If it is covered, then your computer won't pick up the mic signal from your headphones, but you'll still be able to hear sound through them.
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Jan 25, 2: As soon as you plug-in the iPhone ear-plugs, the internal microphone port is disabled and replaced by the the one from the headset. This is not a GarageBand problem.
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The internal microphone vanishes from the system preferences and the Audio-Midi Setup. As soon as you unplug the earbuds the internal microphone will be visible again to the system. Jan 25, 3: Thanks for the help. Too bad. I was hoping to be able to switch to internal mic as I don't have another pair of headphones. Feb 12, 5: