Whenever I set up my equipment for a workout or for my classes, invariably some new attendee will ask, “Is that actually a sock you’re using for a wind screen on your microphone?”
Yes it is.
Wanna know my crazy reason why?
I’m almost fanatic about saving you money on your VO career, and one of the places I can save you 98% of your money is on your microphone’s pop filter.
There is a manufacturer’s suggested pop filter for just about every mic on the market, including our beloved AT-2020 USB Plus.
But they are expensive, fragile and bulky to travel with, and because of their sheer size and thickness, they can impede your ability to get really close to the mic for soft and intimate beauty reads.
Enter the athletic sock.
Just the right thickness, and properly folded onto the barrel of your mic, the weave of this luxury-grade cashmere and wool 12-24 month infant bootie not only wicks sweat away from a baby’s feet, but is acoustically clear, and effective as a pop filter when snugly fitted on your AT2020 (or other equivalent medium diaphragm side-loaded mic).
Don’t get one that’s too thin, and don’t get the kind with highly reinforced toes and heels.
Just a nice, crew-length sock. Fold it carefully so your AT2020’s on-mic controls are accessible, and you leave just one thickness of the sock itself covering the area of the mic where the pickup is.
That sock allows you to get nice and close to your mic for intimate reads.
I tried them all. Over 6 years, I auditioned sock after sock. I finally settled on a cashmere-wool blend, just the right size, just the right thickness.
I found the perfect product. I call it The Mike Sock, and you can have it delivered to your door. I’ll be the one sending it.
Here’s the link:
Hope this helps.