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Do I need outer pop filter for Rode Podcaster mic?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Charybdis, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Charybdis

    Charybdis Guest


    I want to buy the Rode Podcaster microphone. The specification said that it has built-in pop filter.

    But I am not sure whether it is enough or not. Should I buy an outer pop filter as well? Or can I rely on the built-in pop filter?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    That will depend on your voice and mic technique. The internal filter might be fine. You can make an external pop filter by stretching a nylon stocking over a circle of coat hanger wire if you feel you need one.
  3. Charybdis

    Charybdis Guest

    Thanks. But if I would use 2 filters (the built-in and an outer one), will it worsen the quality of the audio? Or a pop filter doesn't worsen the quality at all?
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I suppose that anything designed to filter plotives affects the audio quality in some way, but pop filters are pretty darned transparent. Putting an external pop filter on a mic with an internal filter is done all time. If you feel the mic is good for your situation, I'd just get it and see if you have problems with popping your p's. If you do, you can experiment with filters (and work on you vocal technique).
  5. multoc

    multoc Active Member

  6. Charybdis

    Charybdis Guest

    Thanks :) So what does it mean, I don't need an outer pop filter?
  7. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    no to the second pop filter hurting your sound, and up to you on outer pop filter, never hurts
  8. Charybdis

    Charybdis Guest

    Thanks very much!

    I think I will buy one, because it is cheap.

    But there are so much pop filters out there. I don't know what kind of pop filter can I use for Rode Podcaster. What should I looking for when I choose the pop filter? Should I simply choose an "universal pop filter"?
  9. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    doesn't matter pop filters do the same thing
  10. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Personally, I prefer foam pop filters for handheld rock-and-roll PA microphones.

    I think foam pop filters are also perfectly fine especially for use on spoken word, broadcast/podcast announcer work. The 1/2 DB loss at 15kHz just is not a factor to be concerned with. In fact, I find it useful for spoken word purposes.

    I like the nylon stocking/embroidery hoop, aluminum punched frying pan splatter screen lids (Stedman high-priced for writing) to be better on singers in the studio. Because it is truly an external device, it really allows you to position the respective talent from a preset distance of your choosing. That way, they can't get too close. Whereas a piece of foam reduces that distance to less than 1 inch on average. With the screen, the performer is typically 3 to 8 inches from the actual microphone capsule. Not completely applicable or feasible for close proximity announcer/interview radio use.

    Foam can also be used to prevent pregnancy. Remember kids, always put a condom on your microphone especially in the rain.
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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