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Foam Pop Filter On Condenser Mic's When Recording Vocals?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Kuroneku, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Hey everyone.

    I have a Rode NT1-A, and I'm not a big fan of its pop filter. Now, I've seen the band Queen have a condenser mic, similar to that Rode (in terms of look of the instrument), and they used a pop filter like this on it:

    I asked a Guitar Center employee what he thinks about it, and he basically gave me a weird look, but in my head I was thinking that (QUEEN DID IT & THEY KICKED ASS) lol

    Has anyone done it before?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    this is for windy days, outdoor performance, but will work for windy singers popping the Pee's and spitting all over it on on stage, great for kids, ideal for headsets too. They effect the sound quality slightly (muffle). Very common but not the best for recording. The RODE's screen is a better option by a long shot.
  3. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Thanks for your response. Let me ask you this:
    I would like to put my Rode into the middle of my room & record, but it picks up too much. I thought if I put one of those Foam Pop Filters around it, it will take care of it perhaps.

    Any suggestions?
  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Treat the room is the best solution
    OR use a Dynamic mic
    OR not in the middle of the room but facing a corner and treat the corner
    OR buy a mic isolator like this :
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Oh BTW, the pop filter also act as a proximity guide.. put it 4 to 6 inches in front of the mic and the signer can sing at 3 to 6 inches away from the pop filter.
    Sing too close and you get proximity effect that will get you a muddy sound with bass emphasis..
  6. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Thank you so much for your good information. I did try the Foam Pop Filter, and it was not too bad.

    Now, if I would want to use my Shure SM58 for recording, what settings would you recommend?
  7. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    i used to take any kinda quilts and towels and pillows i could find and tack them to the wall, or drape them over mic stands. don't forget, your probably closer to the ceiling than you are to the walls, in an average residential room. your ceiling is likely the worst culprit, especially if you kinda face towards a corner so the walls make a triangular shape, instead of a rectangle, which could help scatter sound better. just some guerrilla stuff to mess w/.
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Every room is different. The best thing you can do is listen. Record the instruments you want to record with the gear you want to use and if there's a problem fix it.
    The sm58 is a mic that capture very near sound and is made to lower feedback possibilities for live venues.. In your room, it should pickup less reflexion from the walls compared to a large condenser.

    Like Kmetal said, if you struggle with bad room reflexions, any material that absorb sound can be use on them.
    Think of a carpet, bed sheets or even sing in front of an open closet full of sexy dresses. Your recordings will rock even more !! :wink:

    The day you get the money to buy professional room treathment material, you will already know where to put some if you made enough experiences in this room..
  9. Rumy73

    Rumy73 Active Member

    A preamp will be need to warm up the 58. Depending on the vocalist, you will have to make gain, eq and other adjustments. The sound is not going to be as full and sensitive as a condenser mic, but in a home studio, a 58 can work well for those very reasons!

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