Knowledgebase: Respondus Monitor
How can a microphone be used with a second application?
Posted by Respondus Support

By default, Respondus Monitor will use a computer’s microphone to record ambient sound during the exam. However, Monitor should not be used to record an audio response to an exam question.

Only one application can access the microphone at a time.

If your exam question has an audio response recorder built in (such as to allow a student to record an answer for a foreign language class) then faculty need to take advantage of an advanced setting in the LockDown Browser Dashboard. This setting is titled "Allow another application to use the microphone during this exam."

allow app to use microphone

Once this setting is enabled, ambient sound won’t be recorded by Respondus Monitor during the exam because it must release the microphone to the other application.