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.
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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