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Which microphone with open headphones?

Discussion in 'Video Games Discussion' started by xickle, Jan 10, 2014.
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  1. AAJoe
    @Grom8 Thanks for the 8/10! :) Yeah the 3.5mm is perfect for many, but for certain setups it can get a weird feedback hum or other problems. It varies based on the soundcard or motherboard, in which case the USB will produce better sound. Glad you worked it out though!
  2. vivi the mage
    good to hear, thanks.
  3. hiilari
    I'm considering to get the AntLion ModMic and attach it to my HifiMan and Audeze hedphones for open office and home-office use. Like many others, I'm a sucker for good headphone sound, but the only criteria for outgoing voice is that people can understand my speech during calls and webinars.
    Would you guys recommend the uni-directional/cardioid or the omni-directional? Directional seems better for isolating open office ambient noise (noisy idiot colleagues, that is), but directional mics always have the proximity effect. So does the directional capture breathing noise more, or otherwise sounds boomy or inferior?  
  4. AAJoe
    We recommend a Uni-Directional for this - and the ModMic comes with a 30 day full refund policy if for some reason it is picking up ambient noise (it shouldn't, and if it does, some minor tweaks to the gain and speaker volume should fix it).
  5. hobbr
    I have the unidirectional antlion modmic 4 attached to my AKG K7xx (going into a six foot extension and my Sound Blaster Z card) and have heard 0 complaints about feedback from my gaming friends in-game CSGO, mumble, or ventrilo. Wish I didn't waste a magnetic sticker on my MDR V6s as I no longer use them for gaming.
  6. minimoose12
    I use the yeti but I know allot of people here will advocate for a at2020 with XLR input. XLR is generally better at getting rid of background noise so I would go with that setup. The yeti is just a great option for simplisity sake.
  7. speakerlao
    Modmic's are way overpriced. A cheap $3 lapel mic from eBay offers near identical voice clarity, if not better. You're just paying for the name and the mounting system of the modmic. If that is worth $40+ to you, by all means, go for it.
  8. AAJoe
    Well, I once again point to my "Trade member" status here :)
    The issue is that lapel mics are usually pretty sensitive Omni-directional, which means they'll pick up a lot of background noise. While I haven't a clue if that also includes the audio-bleed on your headphones (would depend on volume, mic location, and how sensitive the lapel mic is), that would be the primary reason I recommended the Uni-Directional ModMic.
    I do recommend people look at reviews of products prior to purchasing, and with that I further believe we (ModMic) will come out on top in terms of customer support, warranty, and general quality, as well as our clasp system. Whether that is "worth it" I leave up to you all to determine. I'm just here to help in whatever ways I can.
    I appreciate giving the alternatives for those who are looking at a tighter budget though!
  9. genetik
    I use a Yeti with my HE-400i and haven't had any problems with the mic picking up sound from the headphones. Its also fairly good at ignoring background noise.
  10. Shayko
    I'm also an ad900x owner, except with a Samson meteor. I've had the same experience, no one has mentioned hearing sound leakage on various voip programs.
  11. SomeGuyDude
    That's not really how it works.
    XLR mics tend to be better in the same way that separate mics are better than headset mics: the hardware is dedicated and tends to be cleaner. A USB mic has to have the interface all packed inside it like how bluetooth headphones need DACs inside them. So if you're going XLR you'll need an interface.
    FWIW I use a Blue Spark with a Steinberg UR22, a setup that costs around $200 or so retail nowadays. I've had scads of mics over the past few years (Blue Snowball/Yeti/Spark/Bluebird/Baby Bottle, AT-2020+, AKG c214, Shure SM7B, Rode NT1, Neumann TLM102), and I find the Spark just works with my voice perfectly in ways others didn't. It's about $130 these days and sounds beautiful for vocals.
    The reason people recommend the at2020 is because the at2020+ is a USB mic and, for my money, sounds significantly better than the Yeti. The Yeti's issue is that for the money you're spending, you're putting it largely into all the unnecessary dials and switches instead of a quality capsule. 
    Background noise is an issue mainly in settings. It's going to get picked up to SOME degree, but it shouldn't be so much that it's a problem.
  12. lichlord91
    Modi 5 , i like to use that one out of all the selections. 
  13. Scars Unseen
    I don't often play multiplayer games, and consequentially, I don't have a dedicated gaming mic setup.  What I do have is a MXL 990 condensor mic running through an Alesis Multimix 8 USB.  I can't speak for how effective it is, but at the least, no one's complained about it yet.
  14. Digitalis
    I use a Rode Smartlav+ Mic for gaming - though there is always a problem when using any omnidirectional mic with a mechanical keyboard without key-silencers, it will murder your teammates ears. I used to use a gaming headset, but my DAC showed me that headset was completely abysmal regarding audio quality.
  15. TMRaven
    Using an omnidirectional mic with mechanical keyboard is a bonus.  Everybody wants to hear the audio nirvana of mechanical keyboards!
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