There is not a whole lot you can say about pop filters. Either they block pops or they don’t. Up until recently, you had two basic designs. You had the conventional stretched fabric over a hoop and you had the metal jobs with holes in them. Now, we are seeing more and more of a new style.
The original fabric style pop filters are coming in layers. They are basically stacking two filters on top of each other. I suspect this is motivated by the razor companies who somehow manage to squeeze just one more blade into their design each and every year. (Just when you thought that the 3 blades of the Mach 3 would never be surpassed, in comes the Mach 4. How do they DOOOOO that? Talk about scientific marvels! The future IS here!)
Editor Keys sent me their pop filter rendition of the Mach 2 razor and I’ve had the chance to use it on quite a few sessions. Most importantly, I used it on my Killer Home Recording voiceover videos so I’ve gotten a chance to work with it on my own voice quite a bit as opposed merely using it from an engineers perspective….for whatever that’s worth.
If It Ain’t Broke……Sort Of
I have to say that if I had to list my top 85 problems in my recording studio, my conventional pop filters would not be on the list. (Get band to pay would be #1. Get band to show up would be #2. Get band to go away would be #3.)
The Editor Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter doesn’t help with getting bands to pay and I’d guess that if I were to beat them with it they may go away, but I never got that far. Drum sticks seem to be optimal for that. (Maybe a dual-layer drum stick is necessary?)
So, going into this review, I never felt there was a huge void in pop filter technology that just screamed for a solution. However, there are definitely times when pops have made their way through the old single layer filters.
I have noticed that every once in a while when a singer is really doing their thing using the old 1-layer design, there can be pops that slip through. The pops are dramatically reduced with the conventional filter when compared to using no pop filter at all, but maybe there is some unwanted rumble that gets through every once in a while. Again, this isn’t a huge problem, but it does happen.
I found that the Editor Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter solved this little problem entirely. Not once in all my use with it did it let a single POOF through even when I tried to POOF through it on purpose.
In terms of the effect on the sound, I didn’t notice one. Between the single layer fabric, metal-style Stedman, and dual layer fabric design of the Editor Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter, I really didn’t notice a sound quality difference that was worth talking about. It seems the dual layer fabric design is just as transparent as the single layer fabric design.
Anyone who seems to suffer from excessive plosives getting through their traditional pop filter can solve the problem with the Editor Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter. I don’t feel that this filter is worth tossing my old filters in the trash. However, for anyone buying their first pop filter, I entirely recommend the Editor Keys double layer gadget. At a price of about $30 US, give or take, it seems like a fine deal.
I’ll be buying all my future pop filters from Editor Keys.