Just for a change a non SEO thought…
For those getting into the strange world of Podcasting and screencast you might have got yourself a shiny microphone but did you get yourself a pop shield?
What is a pop shield?
Sometimes called a Pop Filter a pop shield is a device to decrease the amount of hiss, crackle and poping you hear on recordings. At least some of these are caused by the person speaking into the mic and due to the shape of their mouths causes burst of air to hit the mic and create a pop noise. This is called plosives to see what I mean hold a piece of paper close to your face and speak, two things will occur occasionally you will accidentally spit on the paper but also the paper will move by varying amounts depending the sound you are making.
Professional pop shields do an amazing job at reducing pops without to much loss of high frequencies but they can be a little costly, and so if your on a budget or a hurry I present the cheap skates version and in true Blue Peter fashion you will need….
- A Pair of tights (If you don’t wear tights Your wife, spouse, girlfriend, mum will no doubt have a laddered pair the laddering does not cause significant issue)
- Some Cardboard
- Metal wire, or plastic ring
Make a pop shield out of tights
The pictures are self explanatory, but take the tights and place them over your wire or plastic frame, then create a stand with the cardboard.
Safety Notice – If you use scissors to cut the tights, do make sure their is an adult to supervise at all times.
Hopefully this may help a few Podcasters out there, but remember nothing is a substitute for a quiet room and a half decent microphone. Back to the SEO I guess