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The Pop, Universal Pop Filter by Blue Microphones
Aug 5, 2015
By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin' - G4 Canada
If you're a podcaster or record lots of audio, you just might need The Pop. No, it's not the ultimate soda beverage or someone's Dad; it's a universal windscreen that helps eliminate those extremely annoying popping "P" sounds that can really ruin what could have been an awesome voice recording.
While The Pop is commonly used with the Blue Yeti or Yeti Pro desktop USB microphones by Blue Microphones, it can be used with virtually any microphone as long as you can find a way to attach it.
The Pop is an interesting looking gadget. It consists of a curved brass frame with embedded wire mesh attached to a pliable gooseneck that is then attached by thumbscrew to a steel bracket. At the end of the bracket is another thumbscrew, which is then used to attach to either the frame of the microphone, mic stand or desk. The general idea is that you attach the bracket to some sturdy anchor point then bend the gooseneck so that the steel mesh frame sits nicely in front of a microphone and in essence filtering out the popping "P" sounds as you speak, or maybe sing.
As for eliminating the pops, The Pop does a great job. Before and after recordings are like night and day particularly for a guy like me who pops a lot of "Ps", pardon the pun. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that you're speaking or singing through what amounts to a wire screen, there doesn't appear to be any degradation of the sound. It's a lifesaver for live broadcast and a godsend when recording. It makes life so much easier than having to painstakingly try to edit out the pops after the fact.
Aesthetically, it looks cool and funky. The curved brass frame has an elegant appearance; the Blue Microphone's logo silkscreened through the mesh along with the gooseneck and bracket, gives it somewhat of an industrial, yet retro look. It's a little darker in colour when matched to the Yeti's frame, yet the two still blend in nicely together. More than look, it's also industrial grade. There's nothing cheap here. The frame and brackets are solid; the gooseneck feels like it can take a lot twists and turns and the plastic thumbscrews have steel reinforcements.
Where to attach?
While I was pleased with its sound preservation, I do admit I struggled trying to find just the right place to attach the mounting thumbscrew to a place where it wouldn't fall off. If I were attaching it to a mic stand or flat surface, there would be no problem. However, if you're familiar with the Blue Yeti, you know that it comes with this massive steel base, which is mostly curved. Eventually, I found a place in the centre of the horseshoe, as I would best describe it, and used a piece of rubber foam to keep the thumbscrew from scratching the steel. This was fine for a week or so until gravity caused it to slowly start to come loose. In the back of my mind, I was thinking that I really like this pop filter but this thumbscrew setup is driving me crazy.
I was certain that I wasn't the only person that ran into this challenge. It's amazing how sometimes your problems can be solved by looking on the vendor's website. As it turns out, one of the company's customers, Chris from Seven Wellness, came up with a clever yet elegant solution back in 2012. In fact, Chris created a little YouTube video, which the company makes available on their site. In a nutshell, instead of attaching the end of the pop filter to the frame or other location, he placed the flat end of the bracket alongside the thumbscrew on the actual mic mount. Check out the video and you'll see what I mean.
The POP, Universal Pop Filter by Blue Microphones is a great solution for your popping “Ps”. It’s available directly from Blue's on-line store and retails for $59.99 US. For Canadians, it's available through Amazon.ca for $99.99 CAD. However, at time of writing it was listed on sale for $46.36 CAD - less than half-price, making it an even better buy.
Rating: 4 / 5
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