Microphones are to a musician or recording artist, as a pen is to an author. The microphone is the tool and resource in which the voice over artist, singer, band or podcaster can use to record and showcase their talents to the audience. There are various types of microphones; condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and lavalier mics – each microphone having a different role in every recording project.
In the recording studio, microphones need protection. Not armed security, but close. The mics need protection from the pops and thumps that occur. You know how bad an announcer might sound when the popping or banging noises go over the speakers. That’s because of what are known as ‘plosive’ sounds.
Plosive sounds are commonly caused from words that start with the letters “B” or “P” in our speech into the microphones. That’s why there is a need for protection.
Microphone Audio Preservation
When in the studio you might see one of two types of plosive prevention, a pop filter or a windscreen. Both have their pros and cons, so let us take a look at which is better for you and your situation.
- In a studio a pop filter is a nearly transparent, lightweight mesh that is placed in front of the microphone. The pop filter will help guard against plosive sounds while recording vocal audio.
- Great for indoor studio recording.
- Windscreens are made from foam, and go over the head of the microphone. In most situations, a windscreen is for higher-wind events and outdoor recording.
- If you are at a concert, this type of microphone protection works best.
In the end it is all situational and of preference, also the choice between the two can be dependent on the microphone itself. A reputable, professional recording studio will have either option and that’s why you need to find one you can trust.