What is a pop filter and how does it work?
Pop filters are a tool that reduces noises near the microphone. Although it can’t reduce background noises, a pop filter does a good job at reducing explosive sounds. Pop filters can reduce the popping sound that occurs when certain sounds are used, as well as the noises made by people who laugh at the microphone.
Pop filters reduce the air pressure and prevent the sounds from reaching the microphone. They also protect the microphone from saliva.
You can save money by using a sock that you already own. You need to find a thin, soft sock that doesn’t drown your voice.
You may need to speak louder if the sock is too thick. Before you start reading my guide, I suggest you review the pros and cons of using a sock for a pop filter.
- It is easy to set up
- Low price
- Protects from moisture
- Professional pop filters may not work as well.
- Can block your voice
How to Make a Pop Filter using a Sock
A sock can be used as a pop filter. You don’t have to spend too much time setting it up with the microphone. Finding the right type of socks is the hardest part. You should wash any socks you already own before you purchase another one.
Avoid using fabric softener. This can cause pilling and cause the fabric to stick to your microphone. Pop filters work best with lightweight, thin socks. However, thicker socks are also possible for snowboarding and skiing. These socks can prevent the microphone from picking-up everything I need.
Once you have chosen the right type of socks, slide the open end of the sock over the microphone. Pull down gently on the sock so that the toe portion covers the microphone. You can trim the sock if you are wearing a larger size, or if the sock becomes too large and pools around your base. The sock’s top should be cut just above the ankle. It all depends on how big your microphone is and what size sock you are using.
You may want to use zip ties, too. Zip ties can be used to secure the pop filter to your device. They also keep the fabric from getting in your way. Simply wrap the zip tie around the microphone’s base and tie it closed. A knife or pair of scissors can be handy to help you untie the tie if necessary. Multiple zip ties may be necessary if you have a bigger mic or stand.
You don’t have to use a sock. Popular DIY pop filters use both a pair of pantyhose as well as a wire coat hanger. The bottom of the hanger is where you should focus. This is the part that holds your clothes. Bend the wire into a circular shape by twisting and bending it. Then, slip the pantyhose on top of the wire. Secure it with a rubber band. To get rid of it, I find it useful to trim the excess pantyhose that hangs over the filter.
A craft store can also sell an embroidery hoop. You can wear tights or pantyhose, but I prefer chicken wire or a metal screening. The metal protects your microphone from saliva and blocks some of the soft and sharp sounds you might hear. As long as you are not sitting on the microphone’s top, it will work well. To cut chicken wire or screen to the correct size and shape, wire cutters are needed. The hoop can also be used with embroidery material.
Pop filters make it easy to eliminate the sound of your isolation shield for microphone talking. There are many options available, as well as built-in microphones. You can also make your DIY microphones that are easy enough for beginners. My guide will show you how to create a custom pop filter. Pop filters are used by most YouTube content creators.