What exactly is a pop filter?
If you are not working in a recording studio or know much about mics and sound recording, you will have no idea about a pop filter, as most like most people.
A pop filter is a kind of shield or covers generally used in recording studios or areas where professional sound recording is done. The primary purpose of using a pop filter is to reduce all the unwanted sounds that can disturb recording. Here are some of the all-time best pop filters that you can get on the market today.
Most of the pop filters are designed to be compatible with a high-end microphone and setups. That’s why they can only fit with a microphone stand. But the Auphonix MPF-1 is known for its innovative approach. The double-screen mesh pop filter comes with a mechanism adaptable to most desktop USB mics. You can also use the pop filter with a traditional microphone stand.
Auphonix MPF-1 is designed using a double screen mesh shield to reduce the popping sound while recording, making it one of the best pop filters available on the market today. It has an adjustable clamp that holds firmly with almost any desktop mic stand. The flexible gooseneck allows easy positioning of the mic for ideal voice recording.
- Double screen mesh shield
- Flexible gooseneck
- Adjustable clamp
- Low-profile filter frame looks great with desktop mics.
- Easy positioning of the mic
- Compatible with most desktop USB mics
- Double screen mesh shield reduces popping sound while recording
- Not compatible with large-diaphragm condenser mics.
JZ Microphones JZ PF
JZ is One of the most widely used pop filters of all time. According to experts, the JZ’s claim of designing a pop filter that can block unwanted sound and reverberations more effectively than any other pop filter is 100% true. With a 17.7’’ gooseneck, the wave pattern filter distributes wind pressure to diminish plosives. It also comes with two foam pop filters.
- Wave pattern filter material
- Gooseneck at 17.7 inches
- Distributes wind pressure
- Blocks reverb and plosives efficiently
- Fits almost all mics with a gooseneck holder
- 17.7’’ gooseneck
- It is not among the best pop filters in terms of price, but it provides value for money.
- It is heavy compared to other top brands.
Stedman Pro screen PS101
To this very day, the Stedman Pro screen PS101 is the highest-rated pop filter ever. The design comprises a 4.6’’ metal screen that acts as a fitter and pushes the rushing air downwards. As a result, the pop filter secures the mic pick points to get a transparent sound. The signature 13’’ gooseneck is also a feature that makes Stedman Pro screen PS101 so popular. It has a ball joint on the frame which enables more flexible positioning of the mic.
- 4.6’’ metal screen
- 13’’ gooseneck
- Ball joint on frame
- The 4.6-inch metal screen is highly effective in pushing air downwards, ensuring that it secures the mic pick points to get transparent sound while recording.
- The 13-inch gooseneck is capable of providing convenient positioning of mics for ideal voice recording.
- Not compatible with all mics, only comes with gooseneck holders. There are better options for this price range according to some users.
Mikrofonen Hakan P110
One of the only pop filters that come with replaceable hydrophobic foam is Mikrofonen. The hydrophobic foam is generally used for moisture-wicking. Designed with a transparent filter and a unique mount, the Mikrofonen Hakan P110 falls under premium pop filters. For high-end recording studios, the tonal coloration prevention offered by the Hakan P110 is undoubtedly something most musicians would love to have.
- Hydrophobic foam
- Adopts a transparent filter
- Unique mount
- It is one of the easiest pop filters to position for ideal voice recording. The unique mount allows it to be attached on any mic stand easily.
- According to most users, it offers effective noise control and does not affect clarity in terms of quality.
- Affordable price range vs other high-end pop filters. Most people consider Mikrofonen Hakan P110 as a cheap microphone pop filter but with good performance compared to other well-known brands.
- Only comes with gooseneck holders. You have to purchase mic stands separately.
Dragonpad USA 6’’
The very first pop filter that laid the foundation “of customization & adaptability” among popular pop filter manufacturers was DragonPad. The Dragonpad comes with a 360-degree gooseneck that allows the user to position the pop filter in every suitable direction. The Dragonpad uses a dual-layer filter protecting the diaphragms from every side to diminish the ratio of plosives and mechanical pops.
- Dual-layer filter
- 360-degree gooseneck
- The 360-degree goosenecks offer flexible positioning for ideal voice recording.
- It is perfect for people who like to move around when they sing or speak.
- The dual-layer filters protect the diaphragms from pops and other disruptions while recording.
- According to some users, the pop filter did not fit their cheap mics and did not stay in place.
- Some people said that it did not prevent breath popping efficiently.
Shure PS-6 Popper Stopper
The PS-6 pop filter manufacturers claim to diminish the plosive ratio by 20dB – 30 dB. Surprisingly, the PS-6 can achieve this impossible goal. The pop filter is also known to reduce surrounding buffer sibilance by a whole 3dB as long as the range is kept around 8kHz to 9kHz. The 14’’ gooseneck backing up a four-layer screen is an excellent way of reducing unwanted noise as much as possible.
4-layer filter screen
14’’ gooseneck backing up a screen
Compared to other pop filters with the same price range, most users agree that this is definitely one of the best microphone pop filters for home studios. - It has an excellent noise controlling effect. Some people even assume that it can eliminate plosives completely if used in ideal conditions. - Great value for money.
Unsuitable for bass-heavy vocals. May cause breath popping if positioned wrong.
Stedman Proscreen XL
One of the only pop filters with a filter that has been designed and patented by Stedman itself. That’s why there’s not much that we know about the filter base material. But in terms of results, the Stedman Proscreen XL is a true rockstar. The 13’’ gooseneck makes sure that the louver plosives and related buffer don’t reach your microphone that easily. The diameter filter is also known to be easily clearable as well as durable. But the price tag of the Pro screen XL isn’t budget-friendly at all.
- 13’’ gooseneck
- Patented design by Stedman itself.
- Proscreen XL offers a whole new level of protection against plosives and related buffer and breath pops.
- The filter is said to be easily removable as well as durable.
- It is overpriced
- It comes with an expensive price tag – which means only those who can afford it should buy this pop filter.
It is always best to use the actual pop filter made by manufacturers of microphones. That way, you can get the maximum performance out of your mic. The other pop filters mentioned in this article might not perform as well as expected if used with certain mics, so it is better to look around before buying one. If you are looking for widely known brands that offer great value for money while still ensuring there is relatively little sound loss, then go for Dragonpad or Pop-filters/Stedman Corporation. However, if you want your pop filter to last long and provide 100 % protection against pops, Dragonpad USA 6” should be one of your top choices.