A Better Pop Filter

A really good investment: WindTech PopGard 2000.

I’ve been wanting to replace my crappy flexible pop filter for quite some time, but I guess I’ve either been lazy or didn’t think there was really a better option available.  I did some research and read a lot of reviews before choosing the PopGard 2000.   The main benefit was not having that gigantic round disc in my face.  Also, not having to constantly adjust the flexible stem if (when) I bumped it.

This new pop filter is pretty cool because it mounts softly (quietly) to the microphone chassis and wraps around it pretty tight… so if you’re like me, it increases the visibility of your scripts on the monitor in front of you.  I used to have to read sideways across the mic to see my monitor, and I noticed that my Neumann TLM-103 has a much richer sound if you speak directly into it – not across it.  As a bonus, I can move in about 3 inches closer to the mic for more personal reads.

Oh yeah… It does a great job stopping plosives (P’s and B’s)!  $32 well spent.  🙂

Some pics:

Pop Filter Comparison 1

Pop Filter Comparison 2

Pop Filter Comparison 3

Got Plosives?
WindTech PopGard 2000

Neumann TLM 103 Microphone

A new Neumann TLM 103 mic arrived for the studio today. Yep, I was excited to try it out.

I’ve been completely happy with my Rode NT1-A for the past 5 years (in fact, I liked it so much that I bought a second one a couple of years ago), but I figured it was time to invest a little more money in my studio. The Rodes are still my go-to mics for singing in my corner booth, and mic’ing my guitars. The Neumann is going to be used primarily for voice-overs.

The TLM 103 set me back about $1,100, and the shock mount was another $150, but the quality is supposedly worth the cost.  Here’s a quick video capturing my emotions at the moment I unboxed my new Neumann mic (it’s just so beautiful!):


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Added KRK Rokit Monitors to the Voice Studio

KRK's
While there was nothing wrong with the PolkAudio monitors I had been using for years (in fact they sound great for final playback), I heard a pair of these KRK Rokit monitors at a friend’s voice-over studio and fell in love with them. Found this pretty blue pair of RP6 G2’s at Guitar Center a little while ago and they sound amazing. I can definitely hear everything in my mix now, and holy cow do these things have some power! 🙂

I’m also trying to make the switch from Adobe Audition to PreSonus Studio Live… although Audition is much more straight-forward and easier to work with for single mono voice-over tracks. Studio Live has some neat stuff in it and will be great for multi-track projects that I play guitar and sing on, however there appears to be a bit of learning and practice ahead to get the most out of it.

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Added a Diagram to the DIY GOBO Post

Some folks are stuck on the part where I say to “pinch the end rails together” to connect the two paint grids. I put together a quick Photoshop diagram that I hope helps clear up the confusion. The only other alternative at this point would be to go buy the materials again and shoot every step of the process from start to finish this time. 😛

Who knows… maybe I will if I get time! Here’s the page:
http://blog.usedavesvoice.com/2011/08/20/diy-mic-gobo-shield-mudguard-for-10-bucks-at-walmart/

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