How To Use A Pop Filter


Why use a pop filter?

Pop filters will help the clarity of your vocal recordings immensely.

Plosives are strong P sounds that occur in words like “pop”. These sounds are directional, and their energy may exceed the input capacity of your microphone and cause clipping. Ouch!

Fortunately, the fabric layers of your pop filter will shield the microphone from “pop” overloads by dispersing the sound as it passes through the screen. Behind the screen, the “pop” energy spreads out in all directions causing it to decay more quickly.

Pop shields also help protect your microphones from saliva which can cause damage to the mic.


How to set up a pop filter?

First, Adjust the clamp to an open position and locate a spot on your microphone stand to secure the pop filter. Place the clamp at desired position and tighten the screw.

Next, adjust the gooseneck. Position the pop filter close to, but not touching, the microphone. Angle the microphone and pop filter to the 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock position. This will further help to prevent plosive sounds.

Depending on personal preference, 2” to 6” distance between the microphone and the shield will be adequate.

Then, record vocals like normal. The pop filter shouldn’t need to be tailored in any way during the recording after its initial setup.

Finally, take down the pop filter after use and rub it down gently with a rag or cloth. This will get rid of any moisture that built up on the filter during your recording session.

What are some benefits of a pop filter?

  • Better sound clarity!
  • Prevent pops!
  • Prevent hisses!
  • Prevent lisps!
  • Prevent spit from getting on your microphone! (ewww!)
  • Easy to use!
  • Affordable!

Check out this pop filter from Neewer, or a more premium pop filter from Shure!

If you need advice or have any questions please contact us !!!

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