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Antlion ModMic USB Review

Last updated: 2 weeks ago, Jan. 8. 2020
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    Upgrade your headphones into a headset with a USB mod mic.

    Our Conclusion

    Antlion Audio USB is a reliable, quality mod mic with a USB connector and 2 modes of recording.

    It stands in the middle among Antlion Audio microphones, it’s slightly more expensive than the ModMic Uni but cheaper than the ModMic Wireless.

    It offers everything you need to upgrade your regular headphones into a reliable headset with a quality mic. Learn the specifics below.

    PROS & CONS

    • Clear voice recording for gaming, Skyping, and more
    • Uni-directional and omni-directional modes
    • Works out of the box
    • Smart, sturdy design
    • The double cable is heavier and can be annoying

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB on a headset

    ModMic USB set up on a pair of headphones.

    Specifications

    Type: Detachable boom microphone

    Design: Uni-directional & omni-directional

    Mutable: With an in-line digital mute button

    Connection: USB-A (compatible with Win, Mac, Linux, PS4)

    Bitrate: 16bit/48kHz max sampling

    Cable length: 6.5ft (2m)

    What’s in the Box?

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB unboxed

    ModMic USB unboxed.

    • Antlion Audio ModMic USB
    • 1 foam pop filter
    • Alcohol wipe
    • 2 magnetic base clasps, 1 top clasp
    • 2 bonus adhesives
    • 10 double cable clips
    • Hard, carrying case
    • User manual

    Setup – 4/5 Great

    The ModMic USB is simple to set up. You plug in the USB-A and you’re ready to go.

    If you’re using Discord or some other software, you might have to select USB as the source.

    But the initial setup takes a bit longer.

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB base clasp

    Firstly you need to glue on the base clasp.

    You have to glue on the magnetic clasp to your headphones.

    1. Find the right position on the side that works for you and put the mic in front of your mouth (or to the side).
    2. Wipe clean the surface with the alcohol pad
    3. Glue on clasp by pressing it on for 60 seconds
    4. Wait for a day for the glue to dry
    5. You’re ready to use it

    Putting on 10 cable clips will take some time too, but once that’s done and you don’t disassemble the headset, you never have to touch it.

    You get more clips than in the cheaper Uni Modmic, so it’s easier to manage the double wires.

    ModMic USB cable clasps close up

    Cable clasps attach to both cables for easier management.

    Also, when you’re not using it, you can angle it upwards to get it out of the way. Plus, you can put on the base clasp on 2 different headphones and just switch the mic when needed.

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB attachment clasp

    You can set up the clasp to fit either side (left or right).

    Durability – 5/5 Perfect

    The boom microphone is the exact same design we’re used from Antlion Audio. It’s a memory boom arm that you can adjust to a shape you like, followed by a wire. All in all, it’s a quality product without major faults.

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB boom

    You can shape the boom to fit your needs.

    The rubbery cable is thicker than with the Uni. Possibly because it’s more expensive or because the wire needs thickness for digital data transmission. In any case, it’s sturdier compared to the analog Uni mic mod.

    But that thicker cable makes the combined wires from the mic and headphones even heavier. You have to make sure to position the clips well to avoid frustration.

    It’s one of the disadvantages of mic mods that you simply have to accept.

    Moreover, the plastic in-line module comes with 1 clickable button that mutes the mic.

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB mute button

    Mute the mic with the in-line button.

    When the microphone is muted, the button shines red. So, you don’t accidentally shout into the USB microphone when you think it doesn’t work.

    Sound – 4.5/5 Almost Perfect

    It is quality microphone performance comparable to a good gaming headset. It’s more than good enough for gaming, Skyping, and even basic recording/streaming.

    Here’s a quick sound quality check.

    You can change the mode from uni-directional (Cardioid) to omni-directional by a switch at the tip. So, you can always change it without taking the headphones off.

    Antlion Audio ModMic USB pattern switch

    Uni to Omni switch is conveniently positioned at the end.

    The uni-directional (cardioid) mode is better at blocking background noise. Some people call it noise cancelling even though it has nothing to do with ANC.

    It’s better for noisier places, but it suffers from increased sharpness and sensitivity to pop sounds.

    But if you set it up correctly and don’t position it too close to the mouth, you’ll avoid the problem.

    In the second mode, the omni-directional, it picks up sounds all around the mic. It’s better when you want to record the surrounding sounds together with your voice. It’s best for optimal conditions, like a silent room without audio pollution.

    Generally, audio quality is very good and if yours doesn’t sound right, it’s probably the setup and settings that are the problem.

    Why Buy a ModMic USB?

    The overall score of 4.5 out of 5 points. ModMic USB is one of the best on the market.

    ModMic USB in carrying case

    When you don’t need it, put everything in the case.

    This mod mic makes sense when you want a USB microphone instead of an analog 3.5mm AUX. If you have an analog mic input, then get the ModMic Uni and save some money.

    It’s the best way to change your old set of headphones into a reliable headset with minimal hassle.

    It makes sense if you have audiophile headphones that you don’t want to replace with a lackluster gaming headset. You can keep your Hi-Fi sound quality and talk with your friends comfortably.

    How is ModMic USB different from ModMic Uni?

    ModMic USB is basically the same as the Uni model with the only difference that’s it digital and comes with a USB plug.

    So, if your computer doesn’t have a separate analog mic input, you might use for a pair of headphones, then the USB is a good option.

    Keep in mind it won’t work on older Xbox consoles but is supported by PC, Mac, and PS4.

    Apart from that, you also get a bonus omni-directional mode which might be useful in some situations but isn’t crucial for a good working headset.

    For all the “extra” features, you’ll have to pay a bit more, around $70. Compared to ModMic Uni which can be yours under $50.

    It’s a personal decision and you’ll have to determine yourself if it’s worth paying more for the USB.

    Nonetheless, compared to other USB boom microphones, there’s little competition that comes close. ModMic USB is the way to go for a headset. Your only other options are cheap clip-on mics or a more professional and expensive standalone mic like Blue Jeti.

     

    More mod mic reviews:

    ModMic Wireless

    ModMic Uni

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