Pop filters are necessary for singers. A pop filter is a device that sits between the microphone and the singer that catches plosives, or bursts of air from words like “p,” “b,” and “t.”
Plosives cause an unpleasant popping sound when they hit the mic, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. This article will discuss what a pop filter is, why you need one if you’re singing on your own mic, and some other tips to improve your vocal quality!
Is a pop filter necessary?
There are several types of pop filters available for purchase, but the most common type is a foam or fur-lined filter that attaches to your microphone. To minimize popping and sibilance (a hissing sound caused by consonants like “s”), you need only attach this filter as close to your mouth as possible while singing into it.
The foam and fur pop filters will typically be cheap, but the sound quality may not be ideal. If you want to avoid popping sounds altogether, a more expensive fabric or mesh filter is required. The best option for your budget might depend on how much of an issue sibilance is for you, because these are often less effective at eliminating popping.
How to choose a pop filter?
There are a few factors to consider when purchasing a pop filter for your home studio. One is the size of the mic and how far it will be from you mouth, which will determine the shape or design of the pop filter. Another factor would be if there’s any room behind that microphone where sound could bounce off and affect your voice. The final factor is how sensitive your mic is to popping, which will determine the thickness of the filter that should be used with it.
For a beginner home studio setup, these three factors would help you decide on what type and size pop filter to buy: small round or rectangular (about 12 inches) for large diaphragm condenser mics (which are not sensitive to popping), medium round or rectangular for small diaphragm condenser mics, and large circular pop filter for all ribbon microphones.
Most people purchase a pop filter that’s between 12 inches – 24 inches in diameter if they have room behind the mic or live in an area where the mic is not sensitive to popping.
This can be helpful for beginners because the majority of pop filters are fairly inexpensive, so you don’t have to spend a lot on something that may or may not work for your voice type and studio setup.
Do microphones already have pop filters?
Some microphones come with pop filters, but they are not always the right size and shape for your microphone. For example, a shock mount might be included in mic packaging to help reduce movement that would otherwise create an echo effect. If you have one of these mics and need something larger than what is already provided, consider purchasing a separate pop filter.
The size, shape and type of microphone will determine the right kind of pop filter that is needed for a singer or vocalist to use in their home studio.
Pop filter vs windscreen
A pop filter is a device that goes over the microphone and helps to minimize or reduce ‘pops’ on recordings. A windscreen does not go over the mic, but rather shields it from windy conditions by attaching close to its opening.
Pop filters are generally made of foam with some sort of fabric stretched over it so that the foam does not touch the mic. Windscreens are generally made of lightweight fabric or metal, and attach to any size microphone.
A windscreen is necessary for run-of-the mill outdoor recording situations in which there’s any sort of breeze or other air movement around the mic. It does nothing to reduce pops from vocalists, only those created by wind, so it’s generally not used by singers.