What Is Mic Monitoring?

Mic monitoring might sound disturbing. However, in the world of gaming, it is an entirely different thing.

In this article, we will explore what mic monitoring is all about and why gamers use this feature to defeat their competitors.

We will also discuss how you can enable mic monitoring on your gaming console and how to disable it if you don’t need it while playing.

What Is Mic Monitoring?

Mic microphone is one of the features available in contemporary headphones. With it, the sound is transmitted from the mic to the speakers allowing you to hear your voice.

There are several benefits of mic monitoring. Firstly, you get to know if your mic is working properly or now and if those, you’re speaking with can actually hear you or not. In addition, you’ll also know if you are loud enough – or too loud – for people you are interacting with.

Moreover, mic monitoring makes communication using headphones much better and allows users to become aware of verbal mistakes, volume, and tone.

This feature is helpful for gamers who continuously deal with chaotic voice channels. It is also perfect for individuals who have to attend regular conference calls.

However, mic monitoring isn’t just restricted to these two kinds of people. It is helpful for those who call their friends or loved ones as well.

Why Is Mic Monitoring Important?

The mic monitoring feature has been around for the longest time already. Nevertheless, plenty of people don’t know how to use it. In fact, some people don’t even know this feature even exists.

Mostly, gamers use this feature, and plenty of gaming brands have created devices around this too. However, as we said earlier, it can be handy for others if used correctly. Here are some reasons highlighting the importance of mic monitoring.

1. Real-Time Troubleshooting

Clear audio is important for gaming and work. In case you’re at a client meeting, the last thing you need is to frequently as everyone if your audio is clear. For gamers, a basic command can be a matter of life or death. You surely won’t have the time to ask if your fellow players heard you.

Mic monitoring can be very handy in these two cases. If you can hear your voice through your headset, you can make the required adjustments to the volume of your microphone.

Thus, if your voice is too loud, you can lower the volume, and if your voice is too quiet, you can increase the volume. Setting the volume at the right level will allow for a better experience for everyone.

All in all, with mic monitoring, you’ll be able to identify the problem in real-time and act appropriately without having anyone prompt you. Quite useful, right?

2. Avoid Raising Your Voice

More often than not, loud game music and noise-cancelling headphones can make you raise your voice to an unnecessarily loud level.

In fact, several first-person shooting games usually have a lot of background noise. This can drown the team voice channel, making people make up for it by raising their voices.

With mic monitoring, you can easily identify if you’re speaking loud enough or not, thus eliminating the need for shouting constantly.

3. Improved Team Communication

Mic monitoring simply enhances communication. Let’s face it, having someone screaming in a game or meeting isn’t nice at all.

For a work event as important as a client pitch, you won’t have to be that person who has unreasonable audio. As a matter of fact, shouting will even lead to stress and internal conflict.

How to Activate Mic Monitoring?

You can switch on microphone monitoring depending on which device you’re using. Majority of the devices allow you to add a microphone using microphone settings.

In this section, we will explore how you can activate mic monitoring on your Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

1. Mic Monitoring on PC

PCs have always been better than any other platform when it comes to the gaming experience. No matter what game you’re playing, mic monitoring is surely something you need to take advantage of.

Here are the steps you need to follow to activate mic monitoring on your PC.

  1. Open ‘Control Panel’ and click on the ‘Sound’ icon.
  2. Then click on the tab labeled ‘Recording.’
  3. Double click the device you want to hear.
  4. On the window that appears next, click ‘Listen,’ then tick ‘Listen to This Device’ option. 

2. Mic Monitoring on Mac

As opposed to PCs, there’s no in-built way to activate mic monitoring on Mac. Nevertheless, you can still enable this feature by just installing particular programs or apps.

The simplest way to monitor audio is through QuickTime, which is what we will focus on today.

Here are the steps you need to follow to activate mic monitoring on your Mac.

  • Open Launchpad
  • Click QuickTime Player
  • Next, click on File and click New Audio Recording.
  • Move the volume slider all the way to the right to enable mic monitoring.

3. Mic Monitoring on Xbox

Typically, the mic monitoring features activate automatically on your Xbox once you plug in your headset. But in a few cases that it doesn’t, you can simply follow the steps listed below:

  • Go to your Home screen and tap the Xbox button on the controller.
  • Then scroll to the Profile and System option and locate the Audio tab.
  • Move the mic monitoring slider to change the volume as per your liking.

4. Mic Monitoring on PlayStation

To enable mic monitoring on your PlayStation, you need to use headphones that are compatible with it. If you use Sony headphones, they will have this feature in-built. As opposed to the Xbox, the mic monitoring feature in PlayStation is known as Sidetone. You have to search for this option to switch on microphone monitoring.

Typically, mic monitoring is already enabled on the PlayStation, and you just need to change the volume. But if it’s not already activated, here’s what you have to do.

  • Click on Settings and then click Devices.
  • Move to Audio Devices.
  • There you will find an option titled Sidetone with a slider. You can change the volume by dragging the slider as per the audio levels you want.

Last Few Words

Mic monitoring is especially important regardless of how good your mic is. Generally, if you go far too close to a mic and if you speak loudly into the mic, you can end up overloading it and causing it to distort your voice.

This isn’t good news for your audio signal and can cause a below-par listening experience for anyone else who is in your group or on your call.

Thus, mic monitoring is quite helpful for gaming, where clear audio is essential. If you are listening for a long time, you don’t want to subject everybody else on your chat with low-quality audio. They don’t need to have to keep increasing and reducing the volume as you are speaking, and they won’t be able to do this as their hands are already tied up gaming.

If you have noticed that microphone option for months or years and never activated it, then switch it on now and see how much it enhances your audio experience!