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POP AUDIO Pop Filter Studio Edition

Pop filters aren’t ever going to be exciting – but Mike Hillier finds out they needn’t be a chore, either…

Pop filters are generally considered inexpensive bits of studio equipment – something you can pick up from your local audio electronics store for around £10 to £15. We all know how important a pop filter can be, for preventing plosives reaching the mic capsule, but very little thought ever goes into what effect it has on the audio, despite engineers being willing to spend hours debating the audio qualities of different XLR cables. So little thought goes into pop filters that we often hear tales of engineers making their own from little more than a coat hanger, some old tights and a roll of gaffer tape. Yet, despite this, we’ve all experienced trying to clip a pop filter to a stand and having it droop, or slip, or simply fail to clip at all and just fall off. We’ve grabbed separate mic stands to try and place the pop filter so it’s actually between the capsule and the vocalist, where we want it, rather than simply in the only place we can get it.

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