Picture of How to make a very cheap homemade pop filter
This is a very quick and easy way to make a homemade popfilter for recording vocals.

"A pop filter or pop shield is an anti-pop noise protection filter for microphones, typically used in a recording studio. It serves to reduce popping and hissing sounds in recorded speech and singing. It can also protect against the accumulation of saliva on the microphone element." -Wikipedia

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this you need just a few materials:

  • 1 pair Pantihose
  • 2 spring clamps
  • 1 wooden dowel (about 3 feet in length)
  • 1 cardboard box
  • Glue (I used wood glue)
  • Scissors

I think the total of these materials was around $5. I'm sure there are alternatives. I picked up most of these supplies at wal-mart. They only had C-clamps so I had to go to a hardware store to get the other clamps.
a splosion4 years ago
Thank you! I used your idea of using a cardboard cylinder (oatmeal container) in building my own pop filter. I also used ideas from http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cheap-Microphone-Pop-Filter/ .
Thanks again!
xamox (author)  a splosion4 years ago
No problem. Hopefully it worked out well for you.

Keep on jamming!
stubbsonic2 years ago
That looks great! Thanks!

I did a version of this kind of pop filter with a set of embroidery hoops from a craft store (they come in different sizes). I fastened the hoops to a cheap mic clip so it could be positioned with a second mic stand. Your clamp method is clever!
ccncdc4 years ago
Nice! You could also use a coat hanger to attach it to the mic stand, and even make the ring, then bend a loop at the end of your coat hanger to go between the mic clip and mic stand. I think cheap trick did something like this for their first few recordings.
dfedde6 years ago
thank you for posting this i have bin messing with pantyhose and mics for a while but, i never got a good pop filter
PsyOp7 years ago
Awesome setup! LOve the idea!! :) You are talented
xamox (author) 7 years ago
Thanks. The clamps are kind of ghetto but they allow you to adjust it really easily.
Gypsyman7 years ago
i use the speaker covers from old school head phones, but yours looks a lot nicer, so good job!
I'm sure that it works well, I've made some makeshift ones myself, although I currently use a machined metal one over my condensers.
DIY Dave7 years ago
Is that mic a shure sm57?
xamox (author)  DIY Dave7 years ago
Good Call. Yes is it.
xamox (author) 7 years ago
Yeah the pantihose covers both sides. As for the sound it depends on your recording setup, how you want it to sound, etc.
Nice! Do the pantyhose cover both sides of the cardboard ring? Does it matter, acoustically, if they do or don't?

btw If you can get hold of an old embroidery hoop, from a thrift store or somewheres, it might make for an even easier build...
xamox (author) 7 years ago
Thanks. My buddy was ripping on me for posting this online, glad to see I've already have two people who like it.
Nicely done. I have a great microphone (too bad LinuxH4x0r!), and we need one of these. Great job! +1 vote.
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Nice! too bad I don't have a good mic