DIY Cheap Microphone Pop Filter

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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.

Materials:

- 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).

- Pliers.

- 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.

Step 6: Done!

Now your recordings will be even cleaner than they used to be. Hope it helps you to realize that many studio equipment can be DIY, so you can spend the big bucks on the rock n' roll lifestyle LOL.

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ric96

2 years ago

The only thing i am missing here is a girlfriend ?

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d_malakian_69

9 years ago on Step 6

BTW, this mic is the only one I have at the moment for recording purposes, I don't use it for live performances. Second, this mic when recording does pop when pronouncing P or B's. So, try to be nice next time on all your comment not just the bottom end, and try to have the full information before assuming stuff. Thanks.

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TwiztidChriztund_malakian_69

Reply 3 years ago

You shouldn't let what people on the internet bother you bro. It doesn't matter what you say or what you have or what you are trying to do, people are going to hate regardless and say something offensive and stupid to you. Just ignore them, they are only saying it to try to get a reaction from you because some people are just that pathetic and seek attention that desperately. :)

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BenG1

4 years ago on Introduction

Here's a another simple version of the Pop Filter which can be made for Free in 5 minutes using nothing but paper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Ut4s4ME8Y

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TwiztidChriztunBenG1

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you for this, so easy to do and worked great.

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MikeE4

4 years ago on Introduction

Nice job on the DIY instructions. I've been thinking about making one of these.

Years ago (like 20!), I had made a soft-focus thing from a wire coat hanger and some nylons to use when I was enlarging.

Your filter is very similar to mine.

I appreciate the effort you've made in making this publicly available. Good going!

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hilldomain

4 years ago on Introduction

something like this lampshade frame may work as well. You just have to put some rubber where it contacts the mic

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noingwhat

6 years ago on Step 6

Pretty cool, it almost looks pro. One piece of advice though, it appears that you put on multiple layers of the stocking. I cut mine in half so that there is only one layer of fabric over the mic, and it still works pretty well, but there is no noticeable volume difference.

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Jamtaktics

7 years ago on Introduction

Ummm, I use a shure PG27 Digital mic and I stil get pops all the times?! And as far as live, Im sure it doesnt really matter about pops that much while live, unless their recording it...when I do live shows I get pops all the time, no one seems to care, and again, its a condenser mic

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a splosion

7 years ago on Introduction

First of all thanks for the great instructable! I blended your ideas with ideas from https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-very-cheap-homemade-pop-filter/ and added some of my own. Instead of using inner tube, I just rapped my coat hanger in electrical tape. I also used some screen that I had on hand rather than the nylon stockings (or pantyhose). Plus it works great. I've vastly reduced the plosives! Thanks!

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This is a neat trick to get  clear recording and will surely be trying it out using my GF's stockings.... I hope i don't sound out of place but is there a way i can convert my mono microphone ( i recently bought to record some guitar tunes) into a stereo microphone... i can buy a Y adaptor but can i instead change something inside the microphone to make it stereo

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1 mic is all you need for a guitar, if you want stereo you need two mics, one placed by the 9th fret and one by the pickup area/ whole. the sound being stereo is not gonna be much of a difference. you will still have awesome stereo playback from both speakers even with only 1 mic.

 no worries now ppl.... just bought a Sony ECM DS70p stereo condenser off ebay... got it for a steal $4 ... i checked it up on amazon and its worth some
$50.. recording quality is great... its a mini microphone but i have an extension cord and i've made a stand which looks like an actual microphone...now i am thinking i'll just somehow remove the mic from the previous uni directional microphone case and insert this new one...

You may have gotten a fake mic. There are so many on ebay for $5.00 including shipping. Here is a video of one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfDuIFk5A8w and another http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPTXEhnm9rs&NR=1&feature=fvwp....Take a look.

 Quote " getting stereo playback from both speakers even with only 1 mic"  will work only if the microphone itself is a stereo microphone... what i had before was a unidirectional mono microphone... and when i played my recorded songs.. sound comes only from the left speaker... hence mono = one channel (in my case the left channel)

I have a Mono mic (MXL V63M) with only one diaphragm but all my recording are recorded in stereo and sound great. 

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Strictly handheld is the style I go; never rock the mic with the pantyhose. Like others said, this is a cut above the other diy solutions I've seen.

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