Microphone Pop Filter




Introduction: Microphone Pop Filter

A pop filter is an anti-pop noise protection filter for microphones, typically used in a recording studio.
If you record sound at home then this instructable can help you make a really cheap pop filter.

It doen't matter if you record songs at home or like me do voice-overs for movies.

From time to time I make short movies and like to do the voice overs at home.
This pop filter comes in pretty handy. Especially because it's so easy and cheap to make, it's sure worth doing it.
Those professional ones in the store can be pretty expensive.

Step 1: Materials + Tools

As I mentioned before, it's really easy and cheap to make.

With these simple tools and some materials you'll be able to make one yourself.

- embroidery hoop 6"  (6 inches or 15cm, doesn't really matter, but this is a good size.)
- pantyhose
- steel coat hanger
- black tape
(optional, just to give it a nice look)

- scissors
- pliers

For the 6" embroidery hoop I payed about $2 dollars and $1 for the pantyhose. The black tape was something I had laying around and the steel coat hanger... well... lets just say I'm missing one from my closet now :)

Step 2: Making the Stand

There are many ways to create the stand, many materials, and you can make it the length that suits you.
Just see these steps as handy guidelines/tips to make yours.

1.  Cut off the head of the coat hanger (image 1)

2. Straighten the coat hanger (image 2), later we can bend it the shape we like.

3. Make a hoop at one end of the coat hanger (image 3). The hole needs to be big enough for the embroidery hoop screw to fit through.

Extra step, not neccessary.

4. Use the black tape and go around the coat hanger (image 4). This will give it a nice black professional look.

Step 3: Making the Pop Filter

This is the moment where we make the Pop Filter itself.

1. Cut a square from the pantyhose (image 1). It's the best if it is still dubbel layered.

2. Open de embroidery hoop (image 2).

3. Lay down the inner circle of the hoop, and cover it with the cut out pantyhose (image 3).

4. Put the outer circle of the hoop on top of the inner circle (image 4).

5. At last you get the prepared stand we've made and put it on the screw, then put the screw on it and tighten it (image 5)

Tip: First screw it a bit so everything fits fine. Then pull on the outsides (the parts sticking out) of the pantyhose to make sure the pantyhose is nice and tight, and that there will be no wrinkles in it.
If this is done, screw it tight.  This way everything is very stong and tight so it will stay this way.

Step 4: Finishing Up

Well... we're as good as done.

1. Turn te Pop Filter around and cut of the pantyhose parts that are sticking out (image 1).

2. Bend the stand in the way that suits you best. Or you can even attach it to a microphone stand, if you have one.

That's it!
You're done!

Wasn't that hard was it? And only for a couple of bucks you can make it.

And as you can see it's all nice and black, gives it a professional look aswell.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    those are not pliers they are wire cutters. instead of tape just use a black coat hanger. very proffesional looking pop filter.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    made mine today, and it works great! I'm going to make another, but gonna buy a wire hanger that's already black. thanks for the tip again!


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Awesome! I had tried making 1 yesterday out of stockings, having gotten the idea from another article, but it was a disaster. Other ones i saw were too hard. This is perfect. Easy enough so i can do it, and it looks attractive too.

    Question: how did u trim the edges of the stocking so neatly? I'd think that just cutting them, it would still look a little jagged. Did you tuck it some kind of way, or something like that?

    Thanks! Great post


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you use one layer of the thin part of the stocking, or do you try to double it up?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    fantastic idea, and construction! what about a higher stand? maybe some wood would help? thanks!


    10 years ago on Step 4

    BRILLIANT!!! I was about to make one over the next couple of days and checked instructables for inspiration. i didnt even THINK of using an embroidery hoop! That looks amazing - needless to say, i know what im gonna do when making mine!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Many thanks. I am about to do some pod casting and was looking for one of these. I have the parts and look forward to now making one. Great instructable.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You're welcome! Have fun building yours!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    very nicely done. i actually prefer nylon to the uber-expensive wire mesh filters that have been popping up on the market. kudos