ModMic 5 Review
Welcome to my ModMic 5 Review! ModMic 5 is a modular microphone developed by Antlion Audio. It’s is the successor to the popular ModMic 4.
ModMic 5 comes to help people who want to have a microphone to their headphones, but they don’t want to purchase a headset. I also recently found out the differences. 🙂 Headphones are just speakers that you put on your head… Headsets are … a “set” that contain the speakers that you put on your head but also a microphone. Got it? 😀
The main problem with Headsets is their price. You might get good speakers in them, but the microphone will be crap. If you want both to be good you will have to pay a pretty good price.
I had the same problem in the past with my headsets. Right now I don’t even have a headset at home, which created a problem for me whenever I was playing games. I don’t want to sit with my studio microphone in my face when I’m playing games with my friends… so I had to use the Webcam Microphone which sucks ass and catches to many environment sounds.
So when I found out about ModMic 5 I got a little bit excited.
So let’s see what ModMic 5 is exactly.
ModMic 5 is a modular “studio level” microphone that you can place on your Headphones… that way your Headphones will have a really good microphone. The way ModMic accomplish this is with a couple of small tools. This is why it’s called “Mod”… because you modify it depending on the needs that you have.
So let me explain.
1. Here we see the microphone itself with a On/Off Button.
2. The bag that comes with the microphone.
3. Some backup accessories (in the small bag). Here we have another small & strong magnet that you stick to your headphones. You also get some clips to stick the microphone & the headphone cable. We also have two cables. One cable is 1 meter long, the other one is 2 meters long. You use the cable that you want… or both at the same time.
4. A piece of cable “jacket”. Basically you get get both of your cables into that “jacket” so it becomes one 🙂
Ok so you might be a bit confused. Let me explain. You now have two cables that go into your “system”. The headphones cable that is going into the speakers jack & the microphone cable that goes into the microphone jack. Having two independent cables can be very annoying so this is why you get those “clips” in the accessories bag. Those clips can be a temporary solution in case you want to take your headphones with you, but you don’t need the microphone. The other thing in the right that I cold a “jacket”, is a think where you get both of your cables into, so they become one. It’s more of a permanent solution to this problem.
The reason why you get two cables for your microphone is for even greater control. You don’t need a long cable (like myself) you use the 1 meter cable. You need a long cable, you use the other one. It’s a really great choice. I personally have my USB External Sound card on my desk so I use the 1m cable.
Now you might ask yourself, “ok, but how do you stick the microphone on the headphones?”. You get a small magnet that has a strong adhesive part. You “glue” that part on the headphones. That part is also a strong magnet, so when you want to install the microphone you just set up the microphone next to the magnet and “BAM”… the microphone is installed onto the headphones.
The microphone itself has two setups. Omni-Directional & Uni-Directional. That switch is on the microphone itself so it’s easy to go back and forth depending on your needs. You can use the Uni-Directional microphone in noisy areas & the Omni-Directional microphone for higher quality voice recording.
One thing that I re-learned was that it really matters where you plugin in the microphone. That’s why Antlion also sell their Audio USB Adapter. This small USB Adapter requires no drivers, so it’s just plug in & play. I personally don’t use it because I have my own External USB Sound Card… however during my really small test I noticed that I get some interference on the sound that come from my motherboard. Again, I only tested it once and only in 1 USB port on my motherboard. I would still recommend you to get a proper Sound Card if you really want high quality.
Overall I’m really happy with the modularity & the quality of ModMic 5. I actually “retired” my professional microphone and now I’m only using this microphone on my videos. One of the reasons was that the professional microphone eats up a lot of space, it requires me to use a sound mixer and it’s hard to play video games with a big microphone on your face. So ModMic 5 actually saves me a lot of time and the sound quality is really good.
Thank you for reading my ModMic 5 Review! If you have any questions write in the comments box below!