First and foremost, it’s a step up in comfort and looks. Gone is the old ski goggle headband design, replaced by a new internal headband suspended from press studs on the headband inner. The earcups themselves feature a similar shape, but now have recesses and emphasize a circular motif in the middle, finished in a magnetised and swappable plate featuring Steelseries branding. The real showstopper here is the earcup cushioning, though – softer pleather or memory foam you’ve never touched. The result of that is an even comfier fit than previous Arctis models provided, and it was already their strength.
Additionally, if prompted, you may need to enable Chrome to access the microphone in your computer’s privacy settings. Zencastr has built-in features to help your audio sound great, so it is possible to use Zencastr with just an internal microphone. Now we need to tweak your apps to use that microphone instead of the default built in mic. I’ll be showing you how to set it up on Skype, Adobe Audition, and Quicktime.
The microphone has a very flexible metal arm that can be positioned almost anywhere, a plastic transmitter that has a mute button and a micro USB port on it. Here we have an image of the ModMic Wireless connected to power. We can see the color indicators on the microphone correspond to the colors on the USB receiver, as I mentioned above. Above is an image of the ModMic Wireless USB receiver. The receiver measures in at about 4.5cm and has three rubber indicators on it.
Like the Shure SM-58, the directional cardioid pattern here produces a pretty clean recording. The audio levels were still lower than desired, but without much background noise. That means that instead of raising the Gain in the recording app, we were easily able to Normalize the audio in Audacity afterward without introducing more noise.
Now, to fix this issue, you might want to go to the sound input settings for that particular application and try to resolve the problem from there. A sure-fire way is to reinstall the app, which will revert the app to its default settings, thereby resolving the issue. Ubuntu Audio Input DevicesFrom here, you can select which microphone you want to test.
If you’ve isolated the issue to your computer, go through the below solutions to restore mic functionality. If you’re using a TRS plug in a TRRS socket, you will lose mic functionality. The same will happen if you’re using a TRRS plug in a TRS socket. Check what type of socket your device is using, then see what type of plug your headset is using.
Reconnect microphone and let Windows re-install the drivers. Now visit the “Advanced” tab too and make sure to uncheck the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” checkbox and click “OK“. (Also uncheck the “Enable audio enhancements” check box if found).
That’s pretty darn quick, but feel free to lower that even more if you’d like. Release determines how quickly the Compressor deactivates after your voice returns to below the Threshold. 60 milliseconds is its default, and that number works well.