Intro: Cheapest Microphone Pop Shield
A pop shield between you and your microphone will help prevent unpleasant peaks from plosive sounds like K P and T and this is a quick way to make a surprisingly effective one from completely scrap materials.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- An old wire hanger
- An old stocking or pair of tights (3 daughters will provide an ample supply!)
- Some cable-ties, zip-ties or Ty-Raps
- a 'mount' (an old box of matches is fine)
- some pliers
- some scissors
Step 2: Cut the Hook and Twisted Bits Off Your Hanger
Step 3: Make the Hoop
The size is not crucial; anything from three to six inches or so is fine (about seven to fifteen centimetres).
Step 4: Find an Unladdered Section of the Tights
As we're using discarded stockings or tights, they'll probably be laddered. These are to be avoided!
Step 5: Cut!
Step 6: Cut a Continuous Section
This should be about twice the diameter of the hoop. You won't need that much but this will give you plenty of wiggle room!
Step 7: Get That Fabric on the Wire
The fabric has a tendancy to slip off the hoop; patience will be rewarded. :)
Step 8: Stretch Tight!
This will make sure that the final product will look neat and ensure good acoustic transparency.
Step 9: Cable Tie in Place
Or zip-tie (or TyRap as I was taught) ;)
Step 10: Trim to Make It Neat
Step 11: Mount the Shield an Inch or More Away From the Mic
Cable tie in place and Tada! You've got a surprisingly effective pop-shield.