This headset mic can attach to any set of headphones.
Item: Antlion ModMic, Stick on Headset Mic for Headphones
Price: $49 (US), £35 (UK)
Mic Rating: 4/5
At a Glance: Antlion’s ModMic is a cardioid headset microphone that can be attached to a set of headphones. It is designed for office VOIP applications and gaming, but could even be used for podcasts or any application where you want to mic your voice while monitoring or listening on headphones. It is available with or without a mute switch, and it can be very quickly and easily attached or removed due to its magnetic clip mechanism. The ModMic comes with a protective case and an extra fitment clasp for use with an extra sets of headphones.
High Notes: The ability to attach the mic to any set of headphones means that you can pair it up with the sort of audiophile-grade headphones that you wouldn’t typically get on most integrated headset/mic solutions. The build quality it excellent and Antlion even include useful extras such as an alcohol wipe to keep it clean and a clip to keep your cables untangled. It connects via a standard 3.5mm jack for immediate plug & play use on a PC (an adapter is required for Mac) without the need of any external audio interface. The boom arm is adjustable so that you can find the perfect position for it to pick up your voice in a clear an articulate manner. There is also a foam pop shield to help with any unwanted plosive sounds.
Off Pitch: The ModMic cannot be used with an XLR input like with a standard microphone and it requires 5v phantom power, which slightly limits some potential applications such as use as a talk-back mic in a broadcast environment or theatre.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Antlion also sell a range of accessories for the MidMic. These include a USB adapter for use with devices that do not have a separate mic input that can provide 5V phantom power (most Macs), extra clips so you can easily use the ModMic with a range of headphones, and a Y-adaptor for use with gaming consoles. Overall the ModMic is a nicely designed piece of kit that offers great value if you already have a good set of headphones. While the quality of the mic may not be really good enough for singers, when used for spoken word applications, it is clear and articulate and could work well for podcasting or Skype calls as well as it’s primary use for computer gamers.
Manufacturer’s Website: Antlion Audio
Chris Kennedy is the principal product reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about his work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.