Antlion Audio ModMic Uni Review
The Antlion Audio ModMic Uni is the newest analog microphone mod.
Overall score: 4.3 out of 5 points.
Uni is a solid product that turns any headphones into a headset. It’s the same quality mod mic we are used from Antlion Audio, except this one comes with the basic features (which are enough for most people).
The reason why it’s called Uni is because it’s uni-directional (also called cardioid). It means it picks up sounds from one direction only.
This makes it perfect for blocking ambient noise, which is often picked up by sensitive microphones (and cheap ones too).
For that reason, this headphone mic mod is perfect for creating a gaming headset to talk with your friends. You’ll have a high-quality microphone with a clear voice that won’t bother others.
PROS & CONS
- Easy setup
- Clear voice quality
- Uni-directional design blocks out background noise
- A double wire is harder to manage
- Only uni-directional mode available
Type: Detachable boom microphone
Mutable: With an in-line mute switch
Connection: 3.5mm, AUX plug
Cable length: 6.5ft (2m)
What’s in the Box?
- Antlion Audio ModMic Uni with foam pop filter
- Hard carrying case
- Alcohol wipe
- 2 magnetic base clasps with adhesive
- 1 bonus adhesive
- 5 double cable clips
- User manual
Setup – 4/5 Great
The microphone mod comes ready for use out of the box. The only thing you need to do is to glue in the magnetic clasp in the right position.
You can set it up on either side, left, or right. The attachment module can be put on either side.
- Clean the surface with the alcohol wipe and position the clasp, so the end of the microphone ends up in front of your mouth. You have to angle it downwards a bit.
- Hold it for about 60 seconds for the glue to cure.
- Then plug in the AUX, select “microphone” from the settings, and you’re good to go.
But make sure to glue at the right angle. See examples below.
However, you will have to manage 2 cables. You get 5 cable clips which should make it easier, but if you have a long wire, as we do in the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, then 5 clips aren’t enough.
Plus, sometimes they slip out and make a mess. With double the weight, the cable is heavier and feels more in the way. But, it’s manageable when you get used to it.
If you have a high-quality pair of headphones, you can turn them into a headset in a matter of minutes. But taking the mic off also takes a bit of time. Removing the cable clips takes the most effort.
In that regard, Modmic Wireless is more user-friendly, as you can just put it on or off in a matter of seconds.
Durability – 5/5 Perfect
ModMic Uni is a durable and high-quality product, like all the other Antlion mic mods. You can expect it to serve you for many years before giving up.
It’s made of quality plastics, metal boom, and rubbery wires. The boom can be shaped in every way to get the best position in front of your mouth.
Though it’s quite flexible and it generally stays that way, some angles are harder to achieve. The metal boom (arm) is harder to adjust at certain angles.
Nonetheless, it’s easy to get it to the right position to get a clear voice. The magnets are also strong enough to keep it on without issues.
The cable is slightly thicker and isn’t prone to tangle, though it isn’t completely tangle-free.
Also, the in-line module is plastic but solid. The mute switch is long and easy to use. A simple swat will mute it.
Sound – 4/5 Great
Why beat around the bush. Here’s a short voice recording of the ModMic Uni.
As you can hear, the sound quality is clear and easily understandable. It’s perfect for chatting with friends without background disturbance.
The omnidirectional pattern is better for picking up voices of a group of people, like hosting a show. But if you’re not doing that, uni-directional is the way to go.
A lot of people call it noise-canceling microphone because it has a similar effect. But, it actually has nothing to do with active noise cancelling.
Still, the mic is good enough even for a new streamer who doesn’t have the money to spend on more expensive equipment.
Why Buy ModMic Uni?
Almost perfect product.
If you want to turn your old headphones into a quality headset without spending too much money, then the ModMic Uni is a great option.
It’s the cheaper option from Antlion’s selection, but for an average gamer with analog headphones, it’s a perfect choice.
Most PCs and gaming consoles come with analog sound support for a microphone, so this ModMic will work with most platforms.
It’s well made, works out of the box, and needs little setup. What more do you want from a basic mod mic?
How does it compare to other microphones?
You can get cheaper microphones like the Zalman clip-on mic, but you have to know the audio quality won’t be the same.
To have a mic right in front of your mouth makes for the best voice quality. Plus, many cheaper microphones come with an omnidirectional design that picks up more ambient noise. It’s not what you want for a gaming headset.
You don’t want to be one of the guys who bother others with a bad, noisy voice in public games. Cheap microphones often aren’t worth it.
Upgrade to at least Modmic Uni, and you’ll be set for years.
How does ModMic Uni compare to ModMic USB?
It’s more basic than the ModMic USB but also costs less money. They’re different in connection type, 3.5mm vs. USB, and the ModMic USB has the option to change the recording mode.
You can choose from the unidirectional or omnidirectional pattern, while the Uni doesn’t have the option (only uni pattern). Apart from that, they’re quite similar.
ModMic Wireless also has the pattern option, and it’s wireless.
All in all, the Uni is cheaper than ever before but comes with the same quality construction and voice quality as its predecessors. It’s an affordable way to upgrade your pair of headphones into a gaming headset.
Related mod mic reviews: