So, here's where it gets weird, I can record in Audacity and it works, but if I try to use the microphone for anything else (basic sound recorder, Gchat, etc) there is no sound at all.
I've gone into the volume control and alsamixer and made sure nothing was muted (and that record volume was up). I installed pavucontrol and checked the sound settings that way.
Here is the output of arecord --list devices:
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sarah@sarahlinuxmint ~ $ arecord --list-devices **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices **** card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC889 Analog [ALC889 Analog] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 2: ALC889 Analog [ALC889 Analog] Subdevices: 2/2 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 Subdevice #1: subdevice #1 card 2: U0x46d0x81b [USB Device 0x46d:0x81b], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0