When you are an aspiring musician you don't have a lot of money to buy expensive equipment and you have to record the best sounding demo with cheap recording tools. When I realized that popping is a common problem when recording vocals on any kind of mic, and when I saw that a good pop filter was about 50 bucks in my country I decided to make one myself
Step 1: Materials First!
Because this is a DIY friendly instructable, the materials shouldn't be hard to get. Eitherway, they are pretty inexpensive or maybe you can have this laying around on your house.
- Scrap MDF (a 30cm x 30cm piece should do the trick)
- Pair of nylon stockings (a new pair)
- A hose clamp (for secure placement on your mic stand).
- Electrical tape (always needed).
- The outer plastic part of a cable (for the gooseneck, if it's black even better).
- A wire hanger.
Step 2: Measurements!
Well first we gonna trace a 6 inch diameter circle on each one of the MDF pieces with a concentric 5,5 inch diameter circle, so you can make the frame for the nylon screen.
After drawing and cutting you will get a frame for the nylon stocking. Right after that you should paint it black with spray paint or any kind of paint you like for that matter, so it will get a nice professional look
Step 3: The Gooseneck
Since this is a DIY friendly instructable, for some people it would be hard to find the exact same gooseneck that professional pop filters have. I replaced it with a thick wire, in this case the wire of a hanger, with a mic cable cover:
Step 4: The Joint
Because the neck of the filter will be adjusted frequently, the joint should be really strong. So I designed this kind of joint that will be sealed with a little piece of MDF glued together (Titebond works wonders):
Step 5: The Nylon Screen
The screen is made by a pair of new nylon stockings. Advice, when you buy them go with a girl friend so people don't start staring at you with a WTF? look LOL.