The difference between a professional streamer and an amateur one is not in what you see, but what you hear – or rather, what you don’t hear. Having the right microphone setups can block out excess noise and keep your voice sounding crisp and clear when speaking to your online fans. The quality of your microphone as well as the environment of your recording area may determine whether you use a pop filter.
So, are pop filters really necessary?
When it comes down to it, there is a justifiable difference between using a microphone with a pop filter as opposed to using one without; and there are plenty of reasons why an investment in pop filters is worth the improvement in audio quality and subsequent video attractiveness.
When to Use a Pop Filter During Recording
When recording a stream on Twitch, or even a Let’s Play for YouTube, audio quality is one of the most important factors that can keep you relevant and popular. Nobody wants to listen to a streamer with low audio function, as the noise and background ambience can cause distractions, distortions, and just a downright bad sound. However, you can avoid having any static or white noise in your recordings by attaching a pop filter to your microphone.
One of the greatest benefits of a pop filter is that a professional microphone isn’t necessary for the pop filter to work. Whether you’re set up in a high-quality studio with the latest and greatest equipment, or you’re just recording from the calm and quiet of your own bedroom with a headset, you can attach a pop filter to any kind of recording device. Simply place the flat, round disc in front of your microphone, typically a few inches away, and this will help to block out excess noise and focus all sounds directly to your voice.
The Necessities of Pop Filters
The Twitch community is often in debate over the importance of the pop filter, but there is a clear difference between those who use it and those who do not. While using a pop filter during your stream is always recommended, there are a few instances where it is almost required to invest in one:
- When the distance between your mouth and the microphone is short.
- When the microphone is directly in front of your mouth, rather than off to the side.
When your microphone forms a direct line to your mouth, this can cause your voice to “pop” or “breathe” too loudly – thus, a pop filter would be necessary. Think of the last time you watched a live event on stage, where a presenter used a microphone. Was there a moment when the microphone was too close to their mouth, and it caused a backlash of receiver noise? Or maybe the audio quality became distorted when the microphone was too close in front of the presenter’s face?
This can happen to you at home, too.
This is why it is essential to use a pop filter. This can not only protect the quality of your sound, but prevent yourself or your audience from experiencing bad spikes in the volume of your voice. Plus, you will benefit from having the cleanest sound around. Even though it is an extra expense, a pop filter is something you should plan on using when recording Twitch streams or any online content.