On stage or in a recording studio, a microphone is the most important device you need to capture vocals and instruments. Whether you’re cutting your hit single or rocking out in front of a large crowd, your microphone projects everything you do, so having good quality mic accessories just makes sense. Windscreens and grilles are small, lightweight and portable components that can really impact the sound of your performance.
Windscreen and grilles are covers that improve the sound quality of a microphone. Normally a windscreen is made from foam and a grille from metal. They act as a filter to prevent popping, breath sound, moisture and wind noise from reaching your mic. Along with unwanted noise, a good windscreen will help keep your mic clean with a barrier against dust and debris. A metal grille also gives your mic added protection if it gets dropped or banged around. All of these benefits combined will increase the lifespan of your mic and help you achieve the clear, vibrant sound all artists strive for.
When looking around for the right windscreen, find a cover that provides the proper padding and a snug fit without distortion like the Musicians Friend Microphone Windscreen. Or infuse your mics with a bit of color from the Tour Grade Windscreen 5-pack which comes in a number of vibrant shades. Not only colorful, these types of windscreens can help you organize which mic belongs to which member of your band. A rounded grille like the Shure RK143G is a practical and nice-looking option to shield a standard ball shaped mic. With capsule grilles, even a shotgun mic can be protected.
There is truly an option out there to suit everyone’s individual needs and preferences. From foam to metal and even fur, there is a windshield or grille to keep your microphone in top-shape and to help you sound like the rock star you are.