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I'm looking for a mic for Teamspeak and in-game voice communications. I was using a Zalman clip-on for a while, but sound quality was always poor and people complained. I need to buy something of quality that will last me many years. I have a flexible budget, but I'm most comfortable with a $50 budget range.

I don't want something that requires some extensive mic stand setup that holds a mic in my face for it to work properly. I also can't deal with clip on mics because the wires always tangle with my headphones. Besides that issue, any mic that sits near my face always picks up my breath so I don't want them. I need something that sits on my desk by the monitor, and I never have to touch the thing after its installed. A mute button would be nice, but not required.

I was looking and the Blue Snowball seemed popular, but I'm not sure if it will pick up my voice from 3 feet away without being too quiet. Also not sure weather the iCE or regular version would be a better purchase for the little extra cash.
post #2 of 7
Couple of people that I play competitive with in Overwatch use the Blue Snowball and I've heard good results. I personally use the Mod Mic, http://www.modmic.com, but that sits near my face. Pretty sure you could adjust the voice pickup volume in team speak to not pick up your breathing.
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Originally Posted by Ninhalem View Post

Couple of people that I play competitive with in Overwatch use the Blue Snowball and I've heard good results. I personally use the Mod Mic, http://www.modmic.com, but that sits near my face. Pretty sure you could adjust the voice pickup volume in team speak to not pick up your breathing.

Modmic looks like a good solution for some people, but I learned with the Zalman clip-on that I don't like the extra wires attached to my headphones. My HD558's have a really long cable and having extra wires run alone it made it tangle really bad.

The Blue Snowball iCE does seem like a good option, but my only concern is the sound pickup distance. Do you know if this is going to work at distances of 3 feet without being too quiet?

EDIT
After some more research, seems allot of people say thie Blue Snowball needs to be really close for it to sound good. I'm probably going to pass on this so I need some other suggestions for a mic.
Edited by Shaded War - 9/25/16 at 7:43pm
post #4 of 7
As the ModMic guy - the current model does come with wire clips, which certainly helps. I can't talk much about future plans... but I really want to biggrin.gif. We're not far (Holiday season is coming) from a cable management alternative, but I'll leave it at that, if you want to wait.

As far as picking up breathing, it should't be an issue for the ModMic. If you have the Omni and keep it well out of your breath stream you should be golden. Even the Uni will work there. My (uni) mic is about 3 inches left of my cheek, crystal clear. Some people make the mistake of putting it right at the corner of your mouth (which is not needed).

Thanks for the link Ninhalem!

Full disclosure: I work for ModMic
post #5 of 7
I just picked up a ModMic (Uni-directional) to pair with a set of Audio Technica ATH-M40x. I'm really liking it so far. Cord's not that bad (I'm not using the clips since I put everything away when I'm done. Darn cats and their chewing), sounds really good. Haven't gotten any complaints from anyone I've used it to talk to. I'd say from my limited experience that it's worth going with.
post #6 of 7
+1 on the modmic and a set of good headphones.

I got the uni as well.
post #7 of 7
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I don't like clip on mics because of the extra wire and they don't sound that good either.

I ended up going with a Samson Go Mic from the suggested mics on OCN, and it sounds great. Recording quality is similar to more expensive mics in the $100 range. It also picks up sound very well from several feet away without adding background noise.
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