Pop Filters and Plosives

Which Pop Filter is best for you? How to avoid Plosives without a Pop Filter? The simple answer is: get what you can afford.

In this article, we'll discuss those nasty plosives and how to reduce, or even get rid of them completely.

What is a Plosive, or P-Pop

In audio recording, a plosive is a puff of wind from your breath smashes against the microphone diaphragm. The microphone receives this air as a distorted bass sound. The basic plosives in English are the voiceless: t, k, and p and the voiced: d, g, and b.

Mic to Mouth vs Mouth to Mic

Aim the mic at your mouth, not your mouth at the mic

By far, the easiest, most effective, and most affordable way to reduce plosives is microphone placement.

Aim the microphone at your mouth .

Pop Filters

A pop filter will never stop 100% of the wind. The more air the pop filter prevents, the more muffled the recording will become. You can still use them, but relying on a pop filter as the ONLY plosive deflection is a rookie mistake.

Personally, I think the best use of a pop filter is to force the vocalist to remain at a constant distance away from the microphone.

Nylon ($15)

Nylon pop filters typically have two layers, with a small gap in between. 

Metal/Mesh ($50)

Foam Cushion/Dead Cat ($?)


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  • This was supper helpful, really made my podcast sound so much better.

    Bob Evans on

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