|I’ve know about microphone windscreens and pop filters for years, but never gave any thought to using them in my own station. Then I visited a local FM radio broadcast facility and noticed that its studios were stocked with Shure PS-6 “Popper Stopper” filters, with a filter installed in front of each of its many Sennheiser studio microphones. |
“Hmmm. If the broadcasters feel the need for using filters to keep “pops” (the explosive puff of air associated with vocalized “p” sounds) from going out on the air, my own station probably could also benefit from using a filter.”
So I bought one (they are available from Amazon, broadcast supply houses, and musicians’ stores). The Popper Stopper is now installed and running in my station, but there is no positive way to demonstrate its effectiveness, since no listener ever comments on the lack of pops in speech stream!
The circular hoop filter itself is six inches in diameter, and it is composed of multiple layers of a fine mesh, nylon-like fabric. It’s a large and seemingly sturdy filter, and it will protect the capsule of any microphone hiding behind it. As an added benefit, the filter keeps the microphone “dry.”
The PS-6 comes with a 14 inch gooseneck and a clamp system to attach it to microphone booms and desk stands. Both the gooseneck and the clamp are a bit stiff to install, but once an installation is finished it will then remain stable.
This is the sort of product that one buys and installs once and then ignores as the filter does its work. If you are meticulous about your station’s transmitted audio quality, it’s worth spending a “dB or two” additional to eliminate annoying speech “p” pops as an audio artifact. The Popper Stopper is a worthwhile “set and forget” solution and another good illustration that not all components used in a ham station have to be made solely for and sold exclusively to the Amateur Service.