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The Best Pop Filter

You always want to get the best quality sound right from the source, and using a Pop Filter can be the make or break point on recording your vocals. Not only does it prevent people from accidentally spitting on your microphone, it prevents puffs of air from being blown directly into the face of the microphone as well as cutting down on the harshness of lip smacks.

“But what powerful puffs of air might cause any issue in a recording?” Well in the name itself, you pronounce one of the main letters that cause this, the letter “P.” Now of course you would still want to use a pop filter even if you are recording something that does not contain many plosive sounds, because the varying intensities of singing will cause a vocalist to push more air out which might give you a background noise of wind in the recording and the take is ruined. Sometimes pop filters are just great because they can save you editing time.

In this article I am going to give you some details to look for when buying a pop filter as well as some great choices for when you make that decision.

TYPES OF FILTERS

Everyone has seen those big foam covers for microphones at a concert or local show, these however are not what you would want to use when recording except under extreme conditions. Commonly, one will find pop filters standardly made with a circle frame, some sort of nylon mesh within the frame all held up to the microphone by a clamp and flexible pole.

The majority of pop filters you will see on the market have one layer of mesh, the most common one is the Shure Popper Stopper. Some use multiple layers of nylon mesh so as to provide more protection such as the Gator Split Level Pop Filter. Other pop filters use elastic bands directly on the microphone to hold the filter up. This would be helpful whenever there is a slight shift in the placement, but at the same time, I would be worried about any movement noise of the bands directly against the grill of the microphone which might cause unnecessary noise. However, if the filter was attached by the body of the mic rather than the grill I would see no issue with it.

Youshares Pop Filter
Youshares Pop Filter

A great video to check out is from a Youtuber called Booth Junkie. He uses a nylon mesh filter as well as a metal mesh filter and you can hear some of the subtle differences between the 2. With the metal you hear a slightly better frequency response; however, it is so small that there is not much reason at all to discount the nylon one. Towards the end of the video as well Booth Junkie gives a couple other methods one could try to help reduce and puffs of air hitting the mic.

To watch the video, click here.

DUAL FILTERS

SOONHUA Double Layer Metal Mesh Pop Shield

$12.99

SOONHUA Double Layer Metal Mesh Pop Shield
SOONHUA Double Layer Metal Mesh Pop Shield

A good dual filter on the cheaper side, you should have no worries with the SOONHUA Double Layer Pop Shield. Coming in less than fifteen dollars, it offers a double layer of metal mesh. One layer is wider covering the entirety of the shield and the smaller second mesh is focused in the center to catch the majority of where your issues might come from.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Filter Detaches from Neck
  • Screw On Clamp
  • Two Metal Filters

SE Dual Pro Pop Filter

$48.95

SE Dual Pro Pop Filter
SE Dual Pro Pop Filter

This pop filter is probably higher on my list of recommendations as it gives the best of both worlds. This filter provides both metal and nylon meshes that can be used alone or in unison. With the simple movement on a small hinge you can swing the 2 filters into alignment or away for single filter usage. It comes in higher on the budget but the standard metal mesh filter is generally around $40-$50 alone. If you have the capability and need for it, this comes highly recommended.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Filter Detaches from Neck
  • Screw On Clamp
  • Swinging Filters
  • One Metal Filter
  • One Nylon Filter

Gator Cases Double Layered Split Level Filter

$18.99

Gator Cases Double Layered Split Level Filter
Gator Cases Double Layered Split Level Filter

Coming in pricewise between the previous filters, the Gator Double Layered filter gets the job done with dual nylon meshes. Gator being a brand long known for its durability and ruggedness, this filter most likely will stand any tests it will come in contact with in the studio.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Filter Detaches from Neck
  • Screw On Clamp
  • Two Nylon Filters

SINGLE FILTER

While there are endless amounts of cheap nylon pop filters, here you will find the ones that stand out from the crowds.

Shure Popper Stopper

$36.76

Shure Popper Stopper
Shure Popper Stopper

This pop filter has been the go to for many studios for years and does not seem to be going anywhere. While the price is slightly higher than most others, this one has proven itself time and time again.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Filter Detaches from Neck
  • Screw On Clamp
  • One Nylon Filter
  • Hinged Filter

Aston Microphone Shield

$49.99

Aston Microphone Shield
Aston Microphone Shield

Aston has been up and coming since its release of the Origin condenser microphone and keeps coming up with new accessories to compliment their own microphones as well as any other. This single layer metal mesh shield has a unique clip rather than using a clamp to mount to the microphone stands.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Spring Hinged Clamp for Easy Placement
  • One Metal Filter

SE Pro Metal Pop Filter

$39.00

Pro Metal Pop Filter
Pro Metal Pop Filter

This is the basic version of the SE Dual Pro Pop Filter mentioned earlier. However, it is only the metal portion of the filter but still does a great job preventing any pops.

Features:

  • Flexible Neck
  • Filter Detaches from Neck
  • Screw On Clamp
  • One Metal Filter