BEST POP FILTER FOR VOCALS

best pop filterThis article is about the best pop filter.  If you’re going to use a condenser microphone then you’re going to need one.  These are the wonderful devices that prevent those “P’s” and “B’s” as well as help with the “S’s”.  Condensers are super sensitive and pic up those annoying pops and booms.  You don’t want that in your recording.

Here is the deal, they are super affordable and I can’t imagine anyone spending a couple hundred on the microphone and not an extra twenty dollars for a filter.  We looked for the best pop filter and came up with a great list of ones that are from $5 and go up to $20 dollars.  I have made these before using a hanger and some pantyhose, it works.  Read more below to see instructions.

In the mean time, let’s take a look at the list.

BEST POP FILTER

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Dragonpad4 Star Rating
NEEWER3.5 Star Rating
Auphonix4.5 Star Rating
NADY4 Star Rating
ELEGANT (shock mount/pop filter)4.5 Star Rating
WindTech3 Star Rating

HOW TO USE IT?

They are actually pretty self-explanatory.  As long as the filter comes with the goose-neck adapter, you should be able to line it up perfectly using the clamp and mic stand.  But a couple of tips for the best results.

  • Make sure it overs the entire microphone.
  • Place it about 3-6″ away from the mic

WHO NEEDS ONE?

Basically, anyone who uses a condenser microphone.

  • Vocalist
  • Pod casters
  • Radio DJ’s
  • YouTube
  • Voice Over actors

I personally do not feel a pop filter takes away from the quality or sound.  The key is, play around, find out where it sounds the best.  Position the mic and filter in different ways to find your sweet spot.

I listen to a few podcast, and I can totally tell if someone is not using the filter.  It will make the sound fade for a few seconds and then come back.  Pretty annoying when the content is really good.

DIY POP FILTER

Can you make one?  Yes you can actually.  If you’re in a pinch and need one in a hurry, make this using standard household items.  If you’re not in a hurry, just buy one for around 10 bucks, it’s cheap and worth it.  In the mean time here is what you’re going to need.

  • Panty Hose
  • Metal hanger
  • Zip-tie or something similar
  • Wire-cutter or something to cut the wire

This is easy and I’ve done it a couple of times.  Take the hanger and unwind it.  You’ll probably want to cut a 1/4 of it off.  Shape one end into a 4-6 inch circle and twist it to fasten it to the rest of the hanger.

Take the pantyhose and stretch over the circle you made.  Use a zip tie to secure it at the bottom of the circle.

Now, you can add it to the microphone stand and use duck tape or another zip tie to hold it in place.  Easy as pie and works in a pinch.

DO ALL MICROPHONES NEED A FILTER?

No they don’t and the rule of thumb here is, if it’s a condenser microphone, then you need one.  But for a standard vocal mic like a sm 57 or 58, those are dynamic microphones and they have a small wind filter built-in.  The protect the mic from extra air going in and stuff like saliva.pop filter

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We often get many emails asking questions for this particular subject.  And as time goes on I will add more to the list, but here are the most frequent.

  1. Do the they work? Yes, they work really well and you will notice a great difference right away.
  2. How to install one?  They come with a goose neck and clamp that connects to the microphone stand perfectly.
  3. What size do I need?  They are pretty standard, and you will likely find a 6″ one.  That is perfect.
  4. What is it made of?  Common material is mesh.
  5. Do I need one for blue yeti?  If you’re using this mic for Skype of business meetings, that type of stuff then no.  But if you’re using it for professional voice work, then yes you should use one.
  6. Does the type mesh make difference?  Honestly no, as long as you have one, it will do the job that is was designed to do.
  7. Should you use it for recording guitar?  Personally, no I wouldn’t.
  8. How far from the mic should it be from the person singing?  3-6 inches, and you should sing about a foot back from the screen.  But play around, what ever sounds the best to you, use that.
  9. What is the best pop filter?  Any of the ones listed above are the best sellers and they are around $10-20 dollars.

THE WRAP UP

It is beneficial to use one to help stop those annoying pops and booms.  Especially when recording any type of voice work, you will notice a difference.  We have made a list of the what we think is the best pop filters.   They are the price of a coffee, you should consider adding one to your studio.

But what do you think, are they worth it, do you use on?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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