troubleshooting Question

Does a USB microphone need to go thru a sound card?

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I have a "sound blaster live" sound card whose microphone port is broken. I know because when I try to record my voice on my computer by plugging my microphone into the Mic port on the sound card, the recording program I'm using – "Total Recorder" - shows me on it's display that it's not picking up any sound.

Must my voice pass thru a sound card to get recorded – can't I get one of those USB mikes and record my voice by plugging the mike into a usb port?

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