Some call it a “sock.”

Hey, there!

Whenever I set up my equipment for a workshop or for my classes, invariably some new attendee will ask, “Is that actually a sock over the microphone?”

Why, yes.

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.

My sock.

Medium thickness, and crew length, the weave of your standard 12-24 month infant sock not only will wick sweat away from your baby’s feet, but is acoustically clear, and effective as a pop filter when snugly draped over your microphone.

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.

And I found the perfect one, and you can have it delivered to your door. I’ll be the one sending it.

Here’s the link:

Hope this helps.


5 Responses to Some call it a “sock.”

  1. Dolly Greene October 3, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    After you showed me this trick for my AT-2020, I heard an improvement on my recordings. Thanks for looking out, David!

    • Beverly December 15, 2015 at 6:33 am #

      Mine is grey works great!

  2. Steve Krumlauf December 15, 2015 at 7:25 am #


    Now we know the origin of that iconic Rowan and Martin “Laugh In” line, “Sock it to me!” (Probably a cultural reference way before your time.) Or, as an exasperated mother in the front passenger seat says to the overly chatty Kathy in the back seat, “Put a sock in it!”

    Great idea. I’ve seen people make pop filters out of coat hangars and ladies nylons. Wonder how a Target athletic sock would work as a wind filter outdoors?

    My AT-2020 is quite happy with its Nady MPF-6 pop filter, but, the Lawrence Model XVII red “woobie” is a definite keeper and Plan B!

  3. Marlon Braccia December 15, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    This is my fav XVII trick. When it accidentally slips off, the plosives are conspicuous. With no big filter in the way, it’s easier to see past the mic to my computer screen. Fab tip.

  4. Lori J. Moran December 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Mine is actually brown. Cleary visible in the pic Dan asked for regarding the ACX Masterclass!

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