Modest Investment—Significant Return

After more years in this business that I care to admit, I have learned something. In setting up my home studio for the Small Market Radio Podcast series, I found that I have to work the mic very closely to eliminate room noise and enhance presence. (At some point I’ll get a better mic, but that is another story.)

Of course, when you work the mic very closely, plosives become a big problem, and I found myself popping my P’s all over the place, despite the fact that we professional pronouncers learn early on how to swallow them. It should be obvious to all that the solution to this is a good pop filter. I got one from [insert name of your favorite broadcast supply house here] for about $19, and it works like a charm.

I’ve undertaken an informal and not-very-scientific survey of clients and readers, and I find that the overwhelming majority of radio stations do not use pop filters. If you use a very good mic, you may not need one, but I’ve also polled my voice-actor and freelance-producer friends, and they all use them, despite the fact that they are using microphones that cost upwards of $1000.

This might be a belt-and-suspenders approach, but for $19 a shot, it could make a difference. Unfortunately, I do not hold any rights to the pop filter technology, and I have no stock in [insert name of your favorite broadcast supply house here], but I still urge you to try one and see.