Saturday, April 27

Why Use a Pop Filter When Recording?

Audio-Technica microphone with pop-filter
a microphone with pop-filter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Popping refers to the static sounds made by air expressed from the singer's mouth and hitting the microphone. With a pop filter on, this blocks the noise and improves the sound quality of the singer's voice. The filter also protects the microphone from corrosion caused by salts in the saliva, which can accumulate on the equipment over time even when it's the excellent MXL 991. Recording studios always kept a number of pop filters in their supplies for better audio quality and to prolong the life of their microphones.

Typically, a pop filter has woven nylon stretched over a circular frame and a clamp on its base for mounting. It's commonly positioned between the singer and the microphone with an adjustable stem, which can be moved at the right level and distance. If you want to save money on a filter, then try making one at home with an old stocking stretched over an embroidery hoop or kitchen sieve.

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