Solved! HyperX Cloud 2 Mic with splitter

Oct 4, 2018
I know this question has been done to death, but I can't seem to troubleshoot this.
The USB dongle on my Cloud 2s seem to have died, so I'm currently using a splitter (4P 1 female to 2 male).

The audio component gets picked up, regardless of using rear or front ports, but my microphone does not on either.
When the detachable mic alone is plugged into the FRONT panel microphone jack, it works fine.

I've reinstalled Realtek Drivers off MSI already, doesn't seem to work.

Motherboard: MSI Z170A Krait

Any ideas as to a fix would be greatly appreciated!
Maybe the splitter is faulty, try it on another system/laptop,...

the default audio and communication device is set to analogue? The USB dongle is unplugged?