A pop filter or pop shield is an essential studio accessory for recording any type of vocals. But why, and how should you be using it? In this short video from the course Audio Mistakes 109 - 10 Common Vocal Recording Mistakes, expert producer Joe Albano reveals the answer to these questions, and more.
The primary function of pop shields is to prevent the plosives - that's "b" and "p" sounds to you and me, from ruining a take. As a vocalist makes these sounds they send a blast of air towards the mic and if not intercepted, it will overwhelm the diaphragm and cause distortion. Some mics do have built-in pop filters, but they aren't always successful so it's always good to use an external one as well. Joe runs through varions positioning and distance options to show you how best to screen out plosives when recording. Be sure to check out the other videos in the course to learn how to avoid many other vocal recording mistakes!