Nearly every photograph of a voice over talent at the mic in a studio session includes a pop filter.
Just because they’re everywhere, does that mean you really need one? Are there ways you can position yourself to speak across and or over the microphone and not directly into it to get the same result?
Share your experiences and let us know what do you think in today’s Vox Daily.
Why Pop Filters?
Pop filters are handy.
They help to minimize plosives like Ps and Bs and can cut down on sibilance (the hissing noise that can come from overly apparent S sounds).
Using a pop filter cuts out issues on both the high end and the low end making for easier editing of the recording.
In my opinion, the pop filter is a beautiful thing and does have its place. Pop filters are great tools for singers and actors alike who want help achieving the best possible performance.
Want to Make Your Own Pop Filter?
Some coaches encourage voice talent to speak across the microphone or over it instead of speaking on axis with closer proximity to the microphone using a pop filter.
As you can see, there are different ways of using the pop filter (or not using one).
Don’t Have a Pop Filter or Won’t Use One?
Here are a few tips you can use to get a similar result:
- Speak Off Axis (not directly into the microphone but from a different angle)
- Smile when you speak to prevent popping of Ps and Bs
- Put a pencil in front of your lips to create a barrier that helps break the air
What Do You Think About Pop Filters?
Do you feel that pop filters are necessary, or, do you use a different technique that works just as well?
Looking forward to hearing from you,