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What's the best pop filter?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Calgary, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Time to buy a new pop filter, just curious what the preferred model/brand is? Thanks. :cool:
     
  2. stinkybleach

    stinkybleach Guest


    This might be a good place to start:
    http://www.popfilter.com/
     
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    The Stedman ProScreen works great. It is a washable, rugged metal version of those nylon-mesh types. But it has specially-designed louvers in the screen that keep plosives away from the mic. It is the same screen that Royer markets for their mics. You wouldn't think that there would be so much difference in the performance of something so simple, but there is!
     
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    What? No suggestions to steal your wife's nylons and wrap it around a wire coat hanger?
     
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    She drew the line when I used her maxipads on the snare....
     
  6. Mario-C.

    Mario-C. Active Member

    I'm using the royer ... same as the stedman, works fine ...

    I hear the pauly super screen is the one to get if you want an "invisible sounding" pop filter, but they are pricy
     
  7. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    :lol: classic.
     
  8. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Wow that Pauly superscreen is really something. I think I'll look into ordering one of those. Might be expensive but if it delivers exceptional results consistently, it's definitely worth a few extra bucks. I think I'll grab 2 Stedmans and a Royer also for doing interviews/podcasts, plus then I'll have a selection of different ones around which is something I always like. Thanks everyone! :cool:
     
  9. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    I second the Stedman. Use one once and you'll never go back to the nylon ones again!

    Wes
     
  10. GregP

    GregP Guest

    I can see wanting to invest in a washable pop filter, just because with a rotating string of vocalists touching up to it and phlegming all over it, the idea of a many-times-used pop filter is icky. The Stedman looks great. :D

    Some of these screens that seem to use 'sonic character' as a selling point though? Come on now....

    Greg
     
  11. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Hmmm. I think I'll go ahead and grab a couple Stedmans first then and try them out. Perhaps that's all I'll need. Much thanks.
     
  12. axel

    axel Guest

    i am wondering too, but it looks like we are in vogue here...
    that's the best pop filter you can get (pro), unless you are a victim of marketing, then you have to buy a manufactured one, for the pro look
    :shock:
     
  13. GregP

    GregP Guest

    I like DIY stuff. Here's what happens when you take the wife's nylons idea (actually $1 at the Dollar Store, since I don't have a wife) and go with an embroidery hoop instead of a wire hanger:

    PopShieldInstalled.jpg

    I could've "classed it up" a bit (ie. removing the stickers from the back of the clip, using something other than a foldback clip to attach the hoop to the gooseneck) but it was working and I thought, "meh, might as well record instead."

    Yes, that's a consumer-grade keyboard in the background. :lol:
     
  14. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    Hee, that's actually the first thing I noticed. Nice. :D
     
  15. GregP

    GregP Guest

    Heh, I'm a guitarist, not a keyboardist. ;)
     
  16. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Nice job, Greg! Did you "go one better" than the coat hanger and use a "needlepoint" frame, from the craft store?

    Also, what' s the mic? Looks nice!


    I appreciate the comments on the "Super Screen", I'll have a look at it, at least - have been considering the Stedman(Though as just my snot gets on my screen, 'washable" don't matter much to me... ha..?). One advantage of needing only one of things(I do VO), is that I can, sometimes, spend a bit more on the accessories.....


    TG
     
  17. GregP

    GregP Guest

    Here's a pic of some of what I used:

    PopShieldComponents.jpg

    I took it after the actual pop shield had been made though. That was simply an embroidery/needlepoint hoop (as you guessed!) which was $1 at Wal-Mart. The lamp was something I bought to use as a lamp, but it didn't fit where I wanted it to go, so it was destined to collect dust. I remember it being $5 at Staples/Business Depot.

    So, ~$10 CDN if you buy all the components, or less if you already own or can 'liberate' from somebody (ie. nylons from your wife).

    A 'budget' filter from the music store isn't really all that much more expensive. $15 for the goose-neck and $10 for the actual filter brings you up to $25. If I didn't already have the parts, the more reasonable options would have been:

    1 - an actual coat-hanger, and maybe the embroidery hoop
    2 - the budget music-store solution

    But since I was already partway there, it was worth it for me to just 'make' the whole thing, plus it was kind of fun for a half-hour project.

    The microphone is nothing special, just an Apex (ie. cheap-a$$) medium-diaphragm that came in a 'studio pak' along with 2 pencil condensers. Since we're on the subject, I ended up making a mic case for the microphones, too. Did I mention I like DIY stuff? It turned out pretty well:

    MicCaseDoorClosed.jpg
     
  18. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

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