ModMic (4.0) and external USB audio interface - how to get it to work?
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I just got the ModMic 4.0 to allow me the freedom of not having to use a stand with my AT2035 all the time. I was willing to give up on some of the quality but I did not expect this.

 

When I first connected it to the front audio ports of my PC case, it didn't work at all. After reading their FAQ I realized that it requires more power than the front of the case provides so I connected it to the back and it worked, but not without a ton of white noise, produced by the cheap on-board Realtek sound card.

 

Then I tried my Focusrite... I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 that I've been using to record professional microphones, guitars and basses for a number of years..... I had to use a cheap 1/8" to 1/4" adapter to connect to the Focusrite but the microphone wouldn't work this way. The 1/4" inputs on the Focusrite are combined XLR/TRS ports and can run with 48V phantom power. Any idea if it's possible to get it to work? Perhaps if I get a 1/8" to XLR adapter/cable?

 

Man, this is so frustrating. :frowning2:

 
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I recorded a review with sound samples. Antlion is a small-ish company, hopefully they see my video and address this... Maybe by providing some adapters in the package.
 
Pardon my English, it's not my native tongue
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sfePif9IaM
 
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I've found Realtek noise suppression adds a bit of tinny artifact. This is regardless of mic.
 
I just received my modmic4 and it works fine with my ALC887 (Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard), even on the front headers, although I do need noise suppression ON to remove the line noise.
 
I also have an Andrea Array 2S. It works well but requires 30db of gain. The modmic4 only requires 10db of gain at rec volume of 94 in mumble.
 
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Any luck getting it to work with external interfaces? In this video he had to use an XLR -> 3.5mm phantom power adapter, but those are kinda expensive for what they are :frowning2:
 
Edit: I think it should be possible to get its preamp to work with a standard "plug-in-power" circuit. I'm going to try building a little converter box to power it (should cost like $0.50 in parts and work with USB power).
 
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I just got one of these and thought going from a female stereo mini plug into 2 rcas on a stereo channel would work but it's dead as a dodo.
 
Gutted.
 
Designed clearly for onboard sound.
 
May have to get the cash for some Beyers or similar with an xlr mic plug.
 
Modmic is useless.
 
I don't touch sound cards with miniplugs on them with a ten foot pole.
 
Has to be balanced.
 
P.S. I tried by inserting gain FX into my channel strip but the hiss is unbelievable!
 
Useless even with a gate.
 
The funny thing is straight when you plug it in and talk,the first 5 seconds there is no sound then the hiss comes in.
 
Must be the noise cancelling BS that  introduces the hiss.
 
Does ANYONE make a product like Antlion but with an XLR plug?
 
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I got it to work with a custom power circuit, but the drawback is that you need really clean power to run this thing with any decent sound quality. USB power is definitely not good enough without a lot of filtering. Circuit examples are here: http://www.epanorama.net/circuits/microphone_powering.html#soundcard
 
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I did get more gain out of the mic by switching on phantom power funny enough but the hiss was through the roof.
 
I do have an Audio Technica lav mic that works much better but that hisses away also and because it's omni directional,picks up everything.
I think the Audio Technica headset has an xlr mic with a dynamic cardioid mic pattern but I just love the sound of my Beyer dt 990 pros and don't want to fork out a load of cash just for mic functionality.
 
I guess The Antlion Modmic was never intended to be used the way I had in mind.
 
Designed for gamers with 500 dollar graphics cards and 2 dollar sound cards lol.
 
Antlion did send me an email not long ago and said they are looking into making a version of the modmic with an xlr plug.
 
Yes please(begs on hands and knees).
 
A big hole in the market place for something like that.
 
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I did an experiment and recorded the signal in Reaper this time I changed my sound cards output to unbalanced.
 
I talked into the modmic and the level was miniscule and unusable.
 
I have a phantom power switch on my little mixing desk and tried that.
 
Immediately the gain went up and I got a fantastic signal BUT then the mic in a few seconds goes back to the unusable miniscule level it was before.
 
It does the same thing when I turn the phantom power off,the mic sounds really great then over a few seconds the signal dies again.
 
This has to be the noise cancellation "feature" in the new 4.0 modmics.
 
The waveforms are very nice for that 3 seconds then the mic goes back into it's shell.
 
What a waste of money sobs.
 
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