10 Jan

Pop-Filters on the Cheap

Well, I’m loving getting back into sound.  However, not being a single kid any more, I can’t just go out and blow my paycheck like I once did.  My family is in the habit of eating.   Therefore, in the building of my studio, I have to cut corners…for now.  SO, I made my own pop-filters for about $1.50 money-wise and 5 minutes of time.
They are permanent enough not to be a hassle, but can be replaced
whenever I am able to do better.

For the uninitiated, a pop-filter is just a screen of some sort between a vocalist and a microphone.  It slows down the air leaving the lungs just enough to cut down or eliminate plosives (“p-pops”) and excess sibilance (“s” sounds) in a recording.  Most dynamic microphones have a minimal filter built in, but a condenser mike, such as would be used to capture high-quality, high-definition vocals in a studio does not.  Get it? 🙂

I have a couple of pretty good microphones now, but didn’t have the money to purchase some cool professional pop-filters from a retailer like this:

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It is simple enough–I won’t bother doing a huge guide on it.  Get a needle-point hoop from a sewing supply store or Walmart or what-have-you.  I went to Joann’s Fabrics and paid $1.42 each.  Grab some plyers, some ladies’ stockings, a few zip ties, and a short length of 10 (ish, your choice) gauge copper wire.  For the wire, I had some left over from building the house.

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Take apart the hoop.

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And put the smaller ring all the way to the toe of the stocking.  Take a moment to get the seam straight on the side of the ring (so it doesn’t show–you don’t want this to look STUPID, do you!?!?!?)

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Tie a knot and pull it tight.

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Cut off the excess.

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And place the top ring over it, putting the knot in the split.  Don’t tighten it down just yet.

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Bend a hook in the end of the copper wire.

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Place it around the tightening screw and smash the hook as closed as possible…not crazy, just a bit.  Now tighten down the screw.  Since we used 10-gauge wire, it clamps it in there nicely.  A higher gauge might not be thick enough.

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Model it to the mic stand, but put a “U” shaped bend in the end.  That way it will be easier to hold in place with the zips.

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And literally, two or three zip ties will be all it takes.

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Best part, I can replace the stocking if needed, or nip the ties completely and throw the whole thing away when the time comes.  If you look around a bit with Google you can find some more elaborate plans for this kind of thing–it certainly isn’t original from me.  HOWEVER, I think this is about as simple as it gets (without employing a wire hanger and duct tape).

w00t!

OH yeah, check out www.wcsaga.com, I will probably be posting about it in more detail.  Later.

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