USB microphones are typically not supported by Premiere Elements (any version).
A recent thread here on Premiere Elements and USB microphone.
If you have access to a microphone which connects via a computer jack, please use that for your narrations from within Premiere Elements.
Do you have the same issue if you create your narrations in the free audio editor Audacity and then import those narrations into the Premiere Elements project with its Add Media/Files and Folder to get it into Project Assets and from there to the Narration Track (Expert view)?
I agree with ATR. USB mics can be a problem. Some work, but many (most?) do not. One regular here, Neale, does have a USB mic that works with PrE, but I do not recall what the make/model is.
Rather than fight trying to get your USB mic to work with PrE, I would go with an 1/8" plug mic, into the sound card, or computer MoBo, or use Audacity for the recording.
Mine is the microphone built into my Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 USB webcam.
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I also have no problem using a USB microphone on either my Windows or Mac computer.
What operating system are you using? If Windows, have you ensured that the USB is set up as your primary microphone in the Control Panel/Sound panel?
Which USB microphone are you using with your Premiere Elements on Windows or Mac? What version of Premiere Elements is involved? Just 11?
Have you compiled a list of the USB microphones that work and those that do not and whether this matter is Premiere Elements version specific? I ask because the classical note in the Premiere Elements Read Me files or other documentation claims USB microphones do not work with Premiere Elements.
I have stayed with a Labtec desktop microphone that connects to the computer via computer jack. It works great so I never sought another including USB type.
No, I have not compiled a list of microphones that work with Premiere Elements.
I think it's safe though to assume the U in USB means Universal -- which means that if one works they all should work. At least that's been my experience on my Windows 7 and Mac computers.
Older versions of Premiere Elements did have some problems working with USB mikes. But it's not been a problem for versions 10 or 11, as long as the mike is properly configured in the Control Panel and the program's ASIO settings.