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FAQ

Please take a look at the frequently asked questions below. If you are unable to find the answers, please contact our customer service here.

Basics

What is the ModMic?

The ModMic is a high performance boom microphone that can attach to any pair of headphones or flat, non-rubberized surface. This allows users to select their preferred pair of headphones and still have all the benefits of a high quality microphone.

Is there a performance difference between the ModMic 4 and ModMic 5?

The ModMic 4 has a noise cancelling uni-directional microphone, while the ModMic 5 has both the noise cancelling and studio quality omni-directional mic. This means the ModMic 5 will outperform the 4 when using omni-directional mode in a quiet environment. The ModMic 5 has better materials and should have a longer life due to the detachable cable and design improvements.

Will the ModMic magnets or adhesives damage my headphones?

Magnets will not damage your headphones in any way. The adhesive is a name brand 3M adhesive compound that should not damage nor leave any residue on any surfaces. Any excess residue left behind when removing the base clasp can be easily cleaned off.

Will it fit/attach to my headphones?

The ModMic should fit any headphones or head size. However, for certainty sake the boom is approximately 17.5cm (6.8inches). You should measure 17.5mm from the point you would attach the base clasp to ensure the mic can reach a ~7.5cm (~3 inches) inches from the corner of your mouth. Closer if possible.

Installation and Setup

Mic-directional facing / positioning

You can adjust both the ModMic's length and direction of the boom by unscrewing the cap with the Antlion logo. Ensure that the mic is positioned near the corner of your mouth but away from your breath stream.

Strain Relief & Left/Right side of headphone location

By default the ModMic is designed to be placed on the left side of your headphones. However, you can re-bend the strain relief and attach it to the right side of your headphones as well. The strain relief is the “U” bend on the back of the mic. Simply straighten the bend and the re-bend it in the opposite direction. Always ensure your strain relief is pointing down to reduce the stress placed on the wiring.

Cable Clips

Included cable clips are designed to work with pretty much any headphone cables. The smaller side of the clip is for the ModMic cable, and the larger side for the headphones. Be sure to give the ModMic cable a little extra slack to ensure that the ModMic is not supporting the entire weight of your cables.

(ModMic 5) Installing the sleeve

The ModMic 5 comes with a flexible full sleeve, which you can cut with scissors to be the right length for your needs. Simply place both cables inside the unrolled sleeve and it should wrap around both cables when you let go. Be sure the cables are fully wrapped before installing.

What accessories are included with the ModMic?

All ModMics come with cable clips, an extra base clasp, extra adhesive, and an alcohol prep pad. The ModMic 5 comes with an additional extra base clasp and adhesives, 2m cable wrap, and two cords (1m and 2m in length).


Y adapters for consoles, and/or USB adapters for audio clarity and Mac users, are not included.

How do I remove the base clasp?

Simply prying the clasp off with a fingernail should be enough. No tools necessary.

My adhesive pad fell off, what should I do?

Washing the 3M surface with soapy water (however strange that seems) and heating the sticky surface with a hair dryer can renew some of the original stickiness. Be careful not to burn the adhesive, yourself, or your headphones.

Additional clasps are available from our store; however, we don’t sell the adhesive separately.

You can buy the 3M material here:

The six-pack is a little thicker than our 3M pads and you'll have to trim them a bit, but the adhesive is still 3M and will stick the same way our stock pads will.
Should I use the ModMic on the left or right side of the headphones?

By default the ModMic is designed to be placed on the left side of your headphones. However, you can re-bend the strain relief and attach it to the right side of your headphones as well. The strain relief is the “U” bend on the back of the mic. Simply straighten the bend and the re-bend it in the opposite direction. Always ensure your strain relief is pointing down to reduce the stress placed on the wiring.

Clean/Prep/Location

Find a relatively flat, non-rubberized surface. The adhesive will not stick well to rubberized surfaces. Without removing the adhesive backing, place the base clasp on the intended spot and ensure that the microphone is going to be pointed towards your mouth. Rotate the base clasp if needed. Wipe the surface clean with the included alcohol pad, remove the backing from the base clasp, and hold firmly for 30 seconds. For best results, let it cure for 1 hour before attaching your ModMic.

For difficult or mesh surfaces you can try warming the adhesive with a hair dryer or similar low heat source. Be sure not to burn the adhesive, yourself, or your headphones.

Troubleshooting

I’m not getting sound out of my mic

Step 1: Check to see if the mute switch is on. Don’t feel bad if it is; this is the most common problem AND solution to that problem.

Step 2: Check and make sure the device is plugged into the correct ports. Even if they are, unplug and re-plug just in case of a loose connection. Yeah, we have to write that too. Sorry.

Step 3: Check your audio settings and be sure that the mic gain is not set to zero or mute. If possible, boost the gain and see if you get any signal.

Step 4: Check the ModMic on another device that accepts 3.5mm input. Phones and consoles and some laptops may require a Y adapter to work.

Step 5: Try using the mic with a USB adapter if you have one. Or, if you are having problems and the USB adapter is in, try without it.

Step 6: Contact Contact Support with your findings if the solution / problem hasn’t become apparent.

My voice sounds way too quiet

Most audio settings have a mic boost and an adjustable mic gain. For Windows 10, this is found by going to Sound -> Recording Devices, and selecting the properties of your microphone.

Step 1: For mics in uni-directional mode (noise cancelling): ensure that the Mic icon on the tip of the boom (just before the pop filter) is facing your mouth.

Step 2: Ensure that Automatic Gain Control (AGC) or similar automated sound levels are turned off.

Step 3: Bend the mic closer to your mouth, but be sure to avoid your breath stream.

Step 4: Adjust the mic gain up until your voice is clear. You can listen to your own mic in the “Listen” tab in the properties of your mic. You can also add boost, but note that higher gain and higher boost may also increase “white noise” in the background.

Step 5: A USB like ours will provide additional power to your mic and enhance the gain and clarity. Certain motherboards may not perform well without a USB or other amp source.

I’m getting a buzz, hum, or background noise when using the mic.

Background noise, white noise, or EMI, can come from a lot of places. The most common cause is from the electronics within the computer itself. There are several possible solutions to this.

Option 1: Try turning down any boost/mic gain. The lower your gain the less of this noise you will hear. You can compensate by moving the mic closer to (but not in front of) your mouth and ensuring that the mic icon on the tip of the boom just before the pop filter is facing your mouth.

Option 2: Get a USB adapter like ours. This will usually solve the problem by removing the mic input from the onboard audio.

Option 3: Get a dedicated DAC. If you want to really begin enhancing your audio experience, these can be expensive, but may improve both your mic and headphones.

I get intermittent interference when I put the mic in certain places or angles

It’s a known, but incredibly rare, problem that certain frequencies may interfere with microphones. Check around your room for things such as wireless routers, cell or cordless phones. Try moving them to different locations, if possible, and see if that changes or resolves the problem.

I have an earlier version of the ModMic, will the old base clasps still work with the new version?

Yes, the old base clasps should still work fine. No need to replace your existing clasps!

My voice sounds distorted and way too loud

Most audio settings have a mic boost and an adjustable mic gain. For Windows 10, this is found by going to Sound -> Recording Devices and selecting the properties of your microphone.

Step 1: Ensure that Automatic Gain Control (AGC) or similar automated sound levels are turned off.

Step 2: Ensure Boost is set to zero, and then adjust the gain until it sounds correct. You can listen to your own mic in the “Listen” tab in the properties of your mic.

Hardware Compatibility

How do I use my ModMic with a PS4 or Xbox 1?

Consoles require a Y adapter. Simply plug both the headphone and the mic into the Y adapter first, then plug it into the 3.5mm port in your controller. Older Xbox 1 controllers require a stereo adapter. New Xbox 1 controllers should have a 3.5mm port immediately available.

You can use our USB adapter as well. Our USB adapter is a bit wide for the PS4, so you’ll need an extension cord of some sort.

How do I use my ModMic with a Tablet or Smartphone

Tablets and Smartphones require a Y adapter like this one. Simply plug both the headphone and the mic into the Y adapter first, then plug it into the 3.5mm port on your device. Note that you can not use only a mic in a smart device; you need both mic and headphones plugged in to operate.

How do I use my ModMic with a Mac?

Macs, for whatever reason still unknown to the world, do not supply the 5v of phantom power needed. This can be fixed with a simple USB adapter.

Do I need an AMP or DAC?

No, however, amps and DACs may provide enhanced audio quality for both your headphones and the mic, especially on the higher end of headphones. For most people, however, neither of these items are required.

Can I attach the adhesive to mesh surfaces?

Yes, though you may want to heat up the adhesive first with a hair dryer or similar low heat source, and let it cool and cure longer before attaching the ModMic. Be careful not to burn the adhesive, yourself, or your headphones. Some have used a lighter, but we definitely do not recommend that.

Can I use my ModMic with older consoles, like PS3 and Xbox360?

Yes, however, you will need to get the proper stereo adapters.

Does the ModMic work with the Vive, Oculus, or other VR headsets?

So far the ModMic works fine with any 3.5mm input, especially so on the Vive where mobility is king. To our knowledge, it should also work with a USB adapter for VR sets that offer it. Let us know via our support if you encounter any problems.

Warranty and Policy

What is your warranty policy?

ModMic & Antlion Products: You can return or exchange your ModMic for a different model within the first 30 days, assuming you haven’t abused it. We offer a 1 year warranty should the ModMic fail in any way. See here for the fine print and details.

Other Products: We offer a 30 day return policy. After 30 days you must contact the manufacturer for warranty actions.

I lost my proof of purchase, what can I do?

Contact us and our CS Department will go over different acceptable forms of proof of purchase.

What is covered in the Warranty/Return policy?

Any manufacturing related defect. Basically, as long as you haven’t abused your ModMic, we’ll help you.

What’s the difference between Warranty, Return, and Exchange?

For an exchange, we’ll allow you to return your ModMic for a different model that may fit your needs better. For a return, we will refund your purchase after we receive the ModMic and ensure its condition. For a warranty, we will either supply replacement parts or supply a new unit to fix any defects you’ve encountered. Customer is responsible for return shipping in all cases.

I broke/lost a smaller component like the magnet, pop filter, clasp, clip, or cap.
Contact us and we'll help you out!
Do you also cover your headphones and accessories?

All headphone and third party accessories are covered by their manufacturer. However, we do allow a 30 day return policy if you are unhappy with your purchase. Any Antlion accessories are covered by us with our standard 30 day return/exchange and 1 year warranty.

Can I replace specific parts of the ModMic, e.g., the Boom, one part of the cable, or the mute switch?

It depends on the part. Drop us a line and we’ll see how we can help.

 

Shipping

I need to cancel or change my order, what do I do?
Contact us immediately via our contact form. Include your order number, name on the order, and shipping address. Shipments can go out very fast, sometimes within minutes of an order. We’ll do our best to cancel or change your order and work with you for a good solution if we are unable to do so in time.
I live outside the USA; what is the best way to get my ModMic?

Check our list of international retailers. If your country does not appear on the list, for now the best way to get a ModMic is ordering directly through us.

How long does it take for international shipments?

It may take as long as 5-10 business days for a shipment to arrive, and sometimes longer depending on the country, distance, and customs. If the shipment has not arrived in two weeks, check with your local customs office, as they can hold your package for up to 6 weeks before they even notify you.

I lost my tracking number, where can I find it?

Contact our CS department. Include your order number, name on the order, and shipping address.

My package never arrived, what do I do?

Contact our CS department and we will help you out as best we can. Include your order number, name on the order, and shipping address.

Cables and Accessories

Can I use / which third party cables are compatible with ModMics?

Any standard 3.5mm male to female cable should work with the ModMic 5.

Can I replace a lost cap, clasp, adhesive, pop filter, etc?

Drop us a line and we’ll help you out.

ModMic 5 Mic Modes

(ModMic 5) When should I use Studio mode vs. Noise Reduction Mode?

Studio mode should be used with headphones in a quiet environment. Noise reduction mode should be used when there is background noise: like external speakers, or someone outside mowing the lawn.

(ModMic 5) What do the symbols near the mic mean?

The full circle is Studio Mode (Omni-directional), the bent circle is noise reduction mode (Uni-directional).

I have an unusual problem, can you help?

We’ll do our best.

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