micandstopper.jpgYou generally shouldn’t record vocals without a pop filter (also called a “pop screen,” “pop shield,” or “popstopper.”) The bassy pops that result from plosive sounds are difficult to remove once a track has been recorded. But unlike most studio gear, you don’t have to spend lots of money for a professional quality pop filter. You can even make your own, and it’ll work just as well as the mesh screens you see in pro studios.

Here’s the definitive collection of DIY pop filter instructions:

Using a needlepoint frame or embroidery hoop

Using a coffee can lid

Using nylons and a coat hanger

Using a sock and gaffer tape

And since you never know when you’ll have to contend with the wind:
Using fake fur

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