HOW TO MAKE A DIY LACE POP FILTER FOR YOUR YETI MICROPHONE
So last night, late in the evening as it usually does, inspiration struck. I needed a pop filter for my Blue Yeti microphone, but I’m short on cash right now. What to do? Make one of course. In the name of good sound I was going to figure this out. So I did, and here is the tutorial I made to give other people ideas on what beautiful pop filters they can make for their own mics. I didn't have to wait another ten days or whatever to start recording and I made this pop filter for FREE, in about an hour, with stuff I had already around the house.
In the end of the tutorial I include other variations & options that you can use, that could make your pop filter even better than the one I did. You can also adapt this method to other types of mic stands too. The cool thing about making your own pop filter is you can choose materials & colors that you like and are stylish to you and make your pop filter unique. Who knows, maybe it’ll bring out your inner muse.
WHY SHOULD YOU USE A POP FILTER ON YOUR MIC?
Having a pop filter is important because it takes the ‘pop’ sound out of your Ps when you are speaking into the mic. All you have to do is listen to a recording without one, and even a novice can tell the difference.
So, here we go, how to make your very own lace pop filter for your Blue Yeti or other microphone.
STEP ONE: GET THE MATERIALS YOU NEED
You will need:
- Needle nose pliers
- 11 inches of Thick gauge copper wire (see pics for exact gauge)
- About 6 inches of Thinner gauge copper wire (see pics for exact gauge)
- Wire cutters, or bolt cutters
- Paper-like tape, such as masking tape
- Lace, enough to double or quadruple up
- Jute or cotton, string or embroidery thread
- Binder clip, and/or assorted clips for while you’re working
- Embroidery hoop, 4-6 inches, wood. (get a color of hoop that matches your ribbon & mic, or that you like the look of)
- Ribbon with wire in it (choose a ribbon, string, or even a bandana that is made out of cotton or jute, a natural material, that will hold a knot firmly and not come loose. I used this pink wired ribbon instead of wire because I didn’t want to scratch my Yeti and I had it here at the house). The pink ribbon I chose is made of jute, wrapped around wire. Its about 2.5 inches wide, and I folded it in half.
STEP TWO: CREATE YOUR POP FILTER
Get your lace, and then double it by folding it over on itself, creating two layers of lace in about the size of your embroidery hoop. Depending on which type of lace you got, keep doubling the layers of lace until it’s mostly (not) see through. You can see the pictures I included below to get an idea of ‘how’ see through it should be.
The idea behind a pop filter, is that it disperses the wind that comes from your mouth in concentrated bursts of wind, like when you say words with Ps in them. So the way a pop filter works, is that it breaks up this wind from hitting the microphones diaphragm directly, by dispersing the stream of air from your mouth to the sides. The lace needs to block this stream of air, but still allow enough sound to get through also.
So, make the lace mostly see through, but not completely blocked off either, because you don’t want the lace blocking the sound. I doubled mine twice, and created about 3-4 layers of lace.
STEP THREE: PUT THE LACE ON THE EMBROIDERY HOOP & TRIM THE LACE
There’s an inner ring and an outer ring on the hoop, and a screw to tighten & loosen the hoops. Loosen the hoops, put the doubled up lace over the hoop, and add the hoop on over the top, and tighten the screw.
STEP FOUR: COVER YOUR PLIERS WITH YOUR MASKING TAPE/PAPER-ISH TAPE
This will make it so your pliers hopefully don’t gouge your copper wire while you are working and leave ugly marks on it.
STEP FIVE: BEND THE THICK WIRE
What I did was take the thick gauge copper, and bend it to fit the back of the Yeti stand with the pliers. I attached it with a binder clip to hold it on while I worked. And used some more jute string to tie on the side of the arm while I worked. I used a potato chip clip briefly, just to get an idea of what I was doing here. You can see, I shaped the wire's end in a curve that matched the curve on the back of the Yeti stand. I held it in place with the chip clip while I gauged the curve needed for the other end of the wire.
STEP SIX: ATTACH THE FILTER TO YOUR THICK GAUGE WIRE
Then, I had to get the bend in the other side of the thick gauge copper, so I held up the filter to the wire, and then bent the other side of the wire, so it was at angle to the filter and the mic that would work. I ran the large wire along side of the hoop, as if it were a tangent line to the circle, then took the smaller gauge wire, and secured it to the hoop and the large gauge wire. I used the embroidery string here to tie the hoop to the large wire temporarily while I worked.
Basically, in the end, I had the large wire running along side the hoop, and used the smaller wire to secure the hoop to the large wire, using the brass hardware as something to loop the small wire around. It sounds harder than it actually is, just wrap your wire on there until you get the hoop to stick. Doesn’t have to be secure just yet, just on there. We will tighten up the fit a bit later.
Here is a pic of what the bends in the wire looked like after I attached the filter to the large wire, and then added my wired ribbon over the top of that.
I used 11 inches of thick gauge wire, and about 6 inches of the thinner gauge wire.
STEP SEVEN: ATTACH THE FILTER & WIRE TO YOUR MIC STAND
I laid the wire along the back of my mic stand as you saw in the above picture. Then I added a binder clip to clip the wire in place while I worked, and then some string to secure the side of the arm area.
I took the wired ribbon and wrapped around the stands’ arm, a bunch of times, adding knots in between to keep things snug. You can see in the picture below, I left the binder clip in there as it just held things better. I used the fabric ribbon with wire in it because I didn’t want to scratch my mic stand with more wire. It works fine and is on there pretty good actually.
STEP EIGHT: FINAL TOUCHES
To tighten up the connection from the thick wire to the filter, add more wired ribbon. Wrap it around the side of the connection towards the filter, to add the bulk of knots and stuff. Doing this keeps the connection solid, so the filter isn't flopping around everywhere, or leaning too far in towards the mic. Once you’ve gotten the filter stabilized like that, it’s good to go.
Nylons & Lace
One option would be to use an old pair of nylons, and use them for the pop filter, and if you want lace just decoratively, you could add just one layer of it on top of the nylons. That way, you have the for sure useable nylon pop filter, and also the cute lace decoration to make your filter extra girly. I could see this being of use to singers & performers that are girls and just want something cute on their mic that is also functional. You could use nude nylons with white lace, or you could use black nylons with black lace for a subtle yet still sexy look paired with a black embroidery hoop.
Another option, is instead of my binder clip rigging on the back, with the wired ribbon securing it, you can use a hose clamp from the hardware store. The video I watched said they’re only like 50 cents, and it will secure the wire on the back of the Yeti much more easily, and more easily removable.
I like the thick copper wire personally, but you can also buy tubing from the hardware store and put it over the top of the wire to add a more traditional microphone ‘look’ to it and could even add fabric on top of the plastic tubing if you wanted to. The tubing you can get in different colors, but me personally, I like the look of wood and copper.
Zip Tie Instead of Ribbon / Underneath the ribbon
Another idea, is instead of using the small sized copper wire, and wired pink ribbon to lash the pop filter to the thicker wire, you can use a zip tie instead. This would make your pop filter more sturdy in my opinion, and you could use this method to make your pop filter a permanent solution. I think it’d work well, but I just didn’t have any zip ties laying around the house.
Style & Color + Usage Requirements
There are many variations on pop filters that you could do using this technique. Use whichever materials are asthetically pleasing to you and the general ‘look’ that you or your band wants . You can use different colored ribbon, different colored lace, use different colored nylons, or multicolor nylons, even the embroidery hoop, they now make them in almost any color imaginable including black if you want a classic look, and out of plastic or wood.
Really, just use what you have, and personalize it how you like. Your pop filter is going to be right next to your face. So if you’re a singer, or you’re on video a lot, it may be important to you what your pop filter looks like and what colors flatter your skin tone or your style. One nice thing about this method, is that you can interchange the parts anytime you like, replace worn out or dirty filters, it’s affordable and you don’t have to wait for shipping.
If I were to do it again, I'd recommend using zip ties & the hose clamp so it would be sturdier. But in a pinch, this is going to work great for the voice work I'm doing. I didn’t have to buy anything, it was free to me, and I can start recording right away instead of waiting til payday. I think it’s cute, although maybe if I bought my own lace, I might have gone with a different color, but what can I complain about – this thing was totally 100% free to me and ready in an hour. If I need to remove the filter later, removing the side attached to the mic stand will be the best bet. Just undoing the knots that I made, and taking off the binder clip, it’ll come free, just like that.
All in all, I can’t complain, so I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how to make your own ridiculously cute, lacy pop filter for your own Yeti recordings. Hopefully this will bring a little style into an otherwise boring mic set up.
Let me know how it goes on your journey towards randomly cute & lacy pop filters!