What is Mic Monitoring and How to Use It

Gaming has come a long way since the 70s of the 20th century. It has changed from being a trivial pastime into life in itself where players have an alternate world interacting with each other and living the gaming experience to its fullest. Today we’re going to talk about mic monitoring, one of the most important aspects of last decade’s gaming. What is mic monitoring, what it is good for, and how to switch it on and off are all questions we’re going to answer in the following lines?

First of all, for those who aren’t much into gaming, and those who are old school gamers the term “mic monitoring” may not be familiar. So, here are some details to explain it.

What is Mic Monitoring?

Mic monitoring is one of the available features in modern headphones. With it, the sound is transmitted from the microphone to the speakers enabling you to listen to your own voice.

Mic monitoring has many benefits. For one, you know if the microphone is functioning properly or not, and if those you’re interacting with can actually hear you or not. You will also know if your volume is loud enough – or too loud – for other people you’re talking to.

In addition to making gaming rich and colorful, mic monitoring helps headphone wearers know how loud they are speaking, as a result, they do not speak too loud the way those who don’t have mic monitoring do. Also, microphones live longer since they don’t have to adjust to blaring sounds and the audio quality is decidedly better.

Mic monitoring makes communication using headphones much better and helps users become aware of verbal mistakes, tone and volume. Those who don’t prefer it can switch it off.

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How to Use the Mic Monitoring Feature

We have already said that mic monitoring is commonly used while gaming. However, different gaming platforms and devices have different methods for switching on mic monitoring. We’ll see now how to use it for different platforms.

Using Mic Monitoring on Windows 10

  • Sometimes switching on mic monitoring on windows is a bit of an issue because it is not really a default setting. Here’s how to enable it on your computer.
  • Connect your headphones – wired or wireless – to your windows 10 computer. Make sure they are connected and functional.
  • Access the control panel (click the windows key on your keyboard and type “control panel”) and then access the sound settings by clicking the “sound” icon.
  • Among the options available in the window that has popped up, choose the tab called “recording”.
  • Double click the “default mic” option.
  • A new window will pop up with tabs. Among them you’ll find “listen”. Click on it.
  • An option will be available for you to “listen to this device”. Choose it.
  • Then, choose “playback through this device”. A listing of audio devices will be presented to you, choose the one you have and affirm your choice by clicking “ok”.
  • Test the microphone; talk a bit and listen to your own voice in the speakers.

Using Mic Monitoring on PS4

Mic monitoring choice is also accessible on PS4. However, it’s called “sidetone”. Pair a pair of headphones that enables mic monitoring to your PS4 to be able to use this feature. Mic monitoring is a default setting in PS4. So, you won’t have problems using it.

 However, if you like to adjust the volume, here are the steps to do so:

  • After turning on your PS4, access settings.
  • You will find the option that is called “devices”, it is used to control attached devices.
  • Naturally, you’ll need to access “audio devices” to adjust the mic monitoring audio. 
  • Find the “sidetone volume” in the list of settings. Adjust the volume to your liking.

Using Mic Monitoring on Xbox

Enabling mic monitoring on Xbox is a bit different than enabling it on other platforms and devices. Here’s what to do:

  • You have to have a headset suitable for your Xbox, for example Xbox One Chat headset. 
  • Connect the Xbox One Chat Headset with your Xbox through the wired connector and the 3.5mm jack.
  • By default, mic monitoring is turned on in your Xbox. However, if you find the volume is not much to your liking, you can also adjust it through the settings.
  • To adjust your volume in mic monitoring, go to the home screen in Xbox and choose the gear icon shown in the right edge of the screen.
  • Choose the “audio” settings. This will give you access to three sliders for volume control. The last one is for controlling your volume in mic monitoring.
  • Adjust your volume on mic monitoring according to your preferences.

Now you know how to use mic monitoring on computers, Xbox and PS4. However, if you get too tired of hearing your voice, you can turn off mic monitoring easily. Here is how to do it on each platform.

How to Turn off Mic Monitoring on Windows 10

  • Access “control panel (you already know how), then the sound icon.
  • Access the recording option and then choose the default mic device.
  • A window will pop up with the” listen” choice.
  • The box next to the option “listen to this device” is checked. Uncheck it.
  • Affirm your choice by clicking “ok”.

How to Turn off Mic Monitoring on Xbox.

  • Just reapply the steps we have formerly mentioned for accessing mic monitoring volume options.
  • Get to the sliders in mic monitoring options. Push them all the way to the left to mute your sound.

How to Turn off Mic Monitoring on PS4.

  • Again follow the former steps you had applied to access “sidetone volume” (mic monitoring) options. Settings > Devices > Audio Devices > Sidetone Volume.
  • Slide the Sidetone volume lever all the way to the left to disable mic monitoring.

Wrapping up

If you haven’t yet tried mic monitoring, we highly recommend that you do. It takes your gaming experience to the next level. Just get a suitable headset, plug it in and apply the steps we have provided and you’ll enjoy gaming while prolonging the lifespan of your microphone at the same time.

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