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Community Q&A: Controlling the “pops” on an SM7B

Daily Blog - July 20th 2021

The Self-Recording Band Community is awesome and our members ask great questions! We love that and want this platform to be as helpful as possible, so we try to answer them all. Sometimes on the podcast, sometimes directly in the Facebook group, sometimes via email and sometimes here on the blog. Let's do a little Q&A series over a couple of days. Today's question is about controlling the "pops" on an SM7B.

Community Q&A: Controlling the “pops” on an SM7B

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Pat asks: "Hi folks, as often recommended in the pod, I bought an SM7B for vocals. I put on the bigger windshield delivered with the mic, but you still can hear the „pops“. The smaller one didn’t work out at all. What could be a solution? Or is it okay for mixing it later and doesn’t matter? Is using an extra mesh pop-filter an opportunity or should I extend the distance to the mic or just learn how to sing (it’s more like shouting) appropriate? Thanks for your help!"

Here's my answer (next to many amazing answers from the community):

The angle is super important! Try not to have it below your mouth. Put it up a little and angle it down at your mouth, while still singing straight ahead. That should do the trick, because you're avoiding the direct air flow into the capsule.

Also, buy a Fethead, Cloudlifter or some of the cheaper knockoffs and put that in between the mic and interface/preamp. That way you get some extra level, reduce the noise floor and can go a little further away from the mic, which helps a lot, as well.

You can definitely try the filter on the back, but I'd be very careful with that. In case of the SM7B it goes up to 300-400 Hz and will definitely make things sound thinner. This can be a cool thing, but can also be too much at times.

-Benedikt


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