A wise man once sang, The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. While that may be true, if that wind also happens to be blowing directly into your microphone when you're recording, you're going to need a windscreen.
Believe it or not there are nearly as many choices of windscreens as there are types of microphones. Sweetwater carries them all, from foam to steel mesh, in all colors of the rainbow, and in standalone or multi-pack varieties. Many microphones have some type of windscreen built in. Picture the ubiquitous Shure SM58 - that ball-shaped top houses a windscreen.
However, even if a microphone has a windscreen built in, it may not be enough eliminate the unwanted air noise. Avoid further dampening by adding an additional windscreen to the outside of the microphone over the capsule. You need a real windscreen, not a makeshift one made out of electrical tape and an old sock. Get yourself a well made foam windscreen, formed for your specific microphone, designed to eliminate air noise while not interfering with audio quality, and that doesn't smell like athlete's foot spray.
We've all seen the garden variety black foam, ball shaped windscreen. But did you know that you can also get them in a variety of different colors? In addition to adding that certain je ne sais quoi to your band's look, color coding has practical applications. For instance, the monitoring engineer can place colored dots on the volume faders for the wedges in front of the mic with the same color windscreen. There are also windscreens for specific types of microphones and recording applications, such as the shotgun mics that attach to video cameras. These often look furry, giving them the affectionate nickname of dead cat.
You can also replace the wire mesh windscreen part of the microphone itself. Many dynamic mics can take a universal replacement screen. You've probably seen that microphone on stage at a dive bar with a dented up old windscreen betraying how many times it has hit the floor. Replace that puppy and your mic will look as good as new. And stop dropping it on the floor while you're at it.
Not sure which windscreen is right for you? Put your socks back on and give us a call. Our Sales Engineers know more about windscreens than anybody in the business. Let us know what type of mic you're working with and the conditions you'll be using it in and we will hook you up with the perfect windscreen for your situation.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.