Percussa micro super signal processor

While we're on the subject of cheap recording tricks (see also: singing into your closet), why not make a pop filter out of pantyhose?

What's a pop filter, you say? If you're not recording vocals with one,
you're insane: sibilance and plosives will create unweildly, well,
"pops" on your recording. You could buy a pop filter to help, or use
one of these tricks:

  • Point your mic off-axis at your vocalist. (Boring, not as effective as –)
  • Use a sock placed over the head of the mic. (Better, perfect for hotel room recordings, not as good as –)
  • Build a pantyhose filter, using either coat hanger wire or (better) an embroidery hoop. Instructions at Tod Maffin's blog or (more detailed) by Christopher Stark at DIY site KaiAudio. (Best!)

Of course, I recently picked up a commercial Samson pop filter for just
US$25, and it has a lovely gooseneck attachment, but you can't show it
off with the same self-satisfaction. It's pride, not money. (And the
commercial pop filters seem to be made out of exactly the same
material! So, if you ever need to repair a run in your hose, just
dismantle your nearest pop screen.)