If you've ever recorded a perfect take only to have it ruined by a plosive p hitting the mic capsule like a ton of bricks, you know the value of a pop filter. Fortunately, Sweetwater carries a great selection of high quality pop filters so you can always have one on hand.
At its core, a pop filter is a relatively simple device. It is basically a mesh membrane stretched taut across a frame that allows sound waves to pass while blocking sudden rushes of air. These bursts of breath are called plosives, and you can easily create one by actually saying that word into a microphone. You get plosives from hard breathy consonants like ‘p' and ‘b' and a few others. Needless to say they are annoying at best, and at worst can ruin a great vocal take.
Although it would seem that all pop filters do pretty much the same thing, there are actually quite a few variations in design that you should consider. Of course you can go with the standard nylon stretched over a round hoop version and call it a day. There are plenty of versions with that design. Some pop filters use two parallel screens, one on the front and one on the back of the hoop. Many people just use the old school mesh version with no complaints. But, some folks feel that the mesh slightly muffles the higher frequencies. To address this concern some pop filters are constructed of metal mesh or specially designed fabric. Another twist incorporates a mesh screen on one hoop, and a slotted metal screen on a separate hoop that fit together or can be separated for individual use.
Another detail to take into account is the method of affixing the pop filter to the mic stand and adjusting its placement in front of the mic. You have your choice of various clamping mechanisms. While those are are by far the most common, some magnetically attach to your microphone's shockmount, or you can choose one that mounts directly onto the microphone itself.
We also offer a number of bundle options that include a great pop filter with other related items you will need such as mic stands, cables, sound isolation dampeners, and even microphone and pre-amps.
If you're still not sure which pop filter to choose, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are more than happy to talk with you about the frequency dampening characteristics and all your various mounting options. Our Sales Engineers are ready to talk it all out until you have the information you need to pick the perfect pop filter.
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.