So…you’re wondering what a pop filter does and how to use them? Maybe you’re wondering if they are even necessary to include in your home equipment? And after you´ve read enough to know you want one, which model should you go for? If these are questions you´re having, then keep on reading..
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What is a pop filter for?
Pop filters are a simple but indispensable tool to have in your studio equipment. Pop filters reduce noice caused by the impact of air moving quickly between you and the microphone, and enable a clean and crisp sound. Filters are especially good at handling plosives, which are sounds like “B” and “P”. Plosives are caused by extra air going in the microphone causing that heavy breathing/bass sound that most of us want to avoid.
Pop filters also shield your microphone from getting saliva on it and therefore prolongs the life of your mic. In the worst case scenario without using a pop filter, you end up getting mold on your microphone due to the moist. That would mean a ruined microphone!
What is a pop filter made of?
Pop filters are composed of either a semi-transparent material like woven nylon stretched over a frame, or a fine mesh metal screen instead of the woven nylon one. Which material you choose to go for is up to you, since it´s mostly about preference. Some people prefer the nylon one because it´s easy to just replace it if it breaks, whereas other people prefer their pop filter to be made out of metal because it lasts longer. You can also make your own filter at home, using tights that you stretch over for example an embroidery hoop or any wire you may have laying around at home that you can make a circle out of.
It´s important to keep a distance between the pop shield and the mic itself, so make sure you don´t attach it directly onto the microphone! If you do this, you will get vibrations in your recordings which are distracting.
So, I think´s pretty clear now why filters are important for recording vocals and that it´s highly recommended to use them. The next question is…WHICH pop filter do I go for? That´s what we´re gonna focus on now, with comparisons and by exploring the best pop filters on the market.
Best pop filter for your recording studio
Nady MPF-6 6-Inch Clamp On Microphone Pop Filter with Flexible Gooseneck and Metal Stabilizing Arm
This is a top rated professional pop filter for microphones, and it´s also one of the best selling pop filters out there, due to its great value for the price. It clamps onto any microphone stand and has a swivel mount for easy positioning. This pop filter has a really high quality for its price, which explains its popularity. While other pop filters in this price range often lack in quality, this pop filter manages to keep the quality high while providing a really good price.
Stedman Corporation Proscreen XL
This one comes a little pricier than our first alternative, but for a good reason. This pop filter has a metal screen which are a preference for many, since they don’t tear like the nylon one easily does, and they´re also easier to clean. The Proscreen XL is made using an exclusive patented material that stops plosives and gives you a great recording experience. The secret to this pop filter it that it uses downward-angled holes in the filter, which leads unnecessary sound pressure away from your microphone. Oh, and are you worrying about how to clean your new awesome pop filter? Just use some milder detergent and water and wipe your pop filter with and it will be as good as new!
Auphonix 6-inch Pop Filter For Blue Yeti Microphone
This pop filter is made for the Blue Yeti microphone, which is a widely popular USB microphone you just pop into your computers USB port. This pop filter clamps directly to your microphone, without leaving any marks. This pop filter can also be used with any other desktop USB microphone by attaching it to your desktop. It also features a double screen mesh for the best distortion-free recording.
Nady SSPF-4 Spider Shockmount with Integrated Pop Filter – fits any microphone with 38-53mm diameter – Vocal recording, large condenser set up
This is a little different from the other ones, since it´s a large spider shockmount with an integrated pop filter in this 2-in-1 solution that keeps your studio mess-free. This pop filter features a pinch clamp holder that fits any microphone with the diameter 38-53 mm. Some prefer this type of pop filter since it save some space to have it mounted on to the shock absorber.