The pop filter is a humble yet essential studio accessory. By simply placing a pop filter a couple of inches in front of your microphone, you can create a clean, crisp sound. Pop filters also act as a shield against saliva, thus prolonging the life of your most prized gear.
When recording close-up vocals in your studio, the last thing you or the artist wants to be hearing during the playback is plosive p and b sounds. Those are the most common letters that create that ‘popping’ noise. When searching for a pop filter, there are a variety of options available. The most straight forward design is a single mesh pop filter like the Musician’s Gear 6” Pop Filter or the Nady Pop Filter. Both of these single mesh filters feature a flexible gooseneck for precise positioning and will easily attach to your mic boom stand. Great for monitoring your distance to the mic, these pop filters provide a simple and efficient way to clean up your vocals.
Some pop filters incorporate 2 layers of mesh a short distance apart so that whatever gets by the first layer will certainly be stopped by the second. A prime example of this design is the 6 inch Musician’s Gear Double Pop Filter. This pro-level split screen blocker effectively eliminates unwanted p and b popping sounds. Or try the K&M Pop Killer Double Layer Pop Filter. It too provides superior performance when singers are up close to the mic without distorting the sound.
If you’re looking for something a little more durable, you might want to consider a pop filter made from woven or perforated metal. The Stedman Proscreen XL Pop Filter is an excellent choice. This filter helps maintain the important detail in vocal recording no matter how close the artist is to the mic and can easily be cleaned between sessions. The Blue Universal Pop Filter also works with any microphone and its sturdy wire mesh and frame ensure long lasting use.
Pop filters are vital when recording vocals. Both you and the artist want to create the best sound possible and a pop filter helps you achieve this in an easy and effective manner. With so many choices, you’re sure to find a pop filter that best suits your needs in no time at all.