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Best Pop Filters For Recording Vocals

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Pop filters do what their name suggests – they reduce or eliminate popping sounds.

In natural speech, certain letters tend to cause your mouth and breath to produce fast-moving air. These plosives typically come from the letters P, T, and K.

Try saying the word “podcast” or “pop filter” while holding your hand in front of your mouth – you’ll feel the air.

This air can easily overwhelm a microphone, causing distortion and clipping.

We definitely don’t want that.

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So let’s take a look at some of the best pop filters to use when recording vocals as of October 2021…

Stedman Corporation Proscreen XL

Stedman Corporation Proscreen XLIf you want a pro level pop filter, the Stedman Corporation Proscreen XL is for you.

They have a patented process to redirect air downward, away from the microphone capsule, instead of just diffusing it like the other models listed here.

This 6″ metal screen works very well, the gooseneck is sturdy, and the mount is excellent.

Auphonix 6-inch Pop Filter

Auphonix 6-Inch Diameter Microphone Pop Filter with Double Mesh ScreenThis 6-inch pop filter from Auphonix is extremely popular and highly rated.

It has a double screen, making its air stopping power excellent, but won’t block your voice.

Blue The Pop

Blue The Pop Universal Pop Filter

Blue makes excellent microphones (like the popular Blue Yeti) as well as high-quality microphone accessories.

Check out our recommended Blue Yeti Accessories.

Blue’s The Pop is made of all metal with a strong gooseneck and clamp. It’s not the lightest pop filter out there, but it works well and looks great.

WindTech PopGard 2000

WindTech PopGard 2000

If you use a larger diameter microphone, the WindTech PopGard 2000 is a great choice.

It’s easy to attach and remove, and curves around the microphone to block air from all angles.

One downside is that the distance from the microphone can’t be adjusted. It also won’t fit on smaller diameter microphones.

Nady MPF-6

Nady MPF-6 Pop FilterThe Nady MPF-6 pop filter is probably one of the most popular options out there. You can get it with or without a stabilizing arm for about the same price.

You can mount it on a boom arm, microphone stand, or pretty much anything else up to 1 inch in diameter. The gooseneck itself is 13″ long.

This is a great option at a fair price for podcasting, studio recording, or live performances.

Avantone PS-1 PRO-SHIELD

Avantone PS-1 PRO-SHIELD Studio Pop Filter

The Avantone PS-1 PRO-SHIELD is another all-metal pop filter.

It will easily mount to boom poles and desktop microphone stands, cleans easily, and will stop those “P” sounds dead in their tracks.

It also won’t reduce your high-frequency audio quality like thicker windscreens tend to do.


Article By Ross Winn

Ross Winn is the founder of Podcast Insights, the industry-leading podcast education site. He has helped thousands of people start and grow a podcast and loves to test out new gear and software.
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