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Shane Linville

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When someone is just talking into a mic, whenever they say a word with a "p" in it it rumbles in the system. It is quite annoying and a bit distracting. I've eliminated all the bass from the eq but hasn't changed. Suggestions?
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Re: How to eliminate harsh sounding p's when some one is talking.
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 09:54:42 am »

Try a pop filter...

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Re: How to eliminate harsh sounding p's when some one is talking.
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 09:57:03 am »

When someone is just talking into a mic, whenever they say a word with a "p" in it it rumbles in the system. It is quite annoying and a bit distracting. I've eliminated all the bass from the eq but hasn't changed. Suggestions?

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+1 on the pop filter.
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Brian Ehlers

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Re: How to eliminate harsh sounding p's when some one is talking.
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011, 12:54:54 pm »

It's worth noting that, regardless of pop filters, some mics are inherently less prone to plosives (such as popping P's) than other mics.  You might want to try a different mic.  For example, a well-designed mic intended for hand-held vocal use, such as the good ol' SM58, typically does not pop.

Another factor is proximity effect -- where the bass frequencies get much heavier the closer you get to a mic.  If you're hearing popping P's, chances are the orator is standing very close to the mic, which will also cause proximity effect.  Here you get to kill two birds with one stone:  engage the high-pass filter and turn down the low frequencies (even as high as 250 Hz) until the voice sounds natural, not boomy.  Doing so will also reduce the amount of pop in the P's.

Finally, when a P is popped, it is possible that it is clipping a gain stage somewhere in your equipment, and some equipment does not clip gracefully.  The end result might be added weirdness to the pop.  The fix -- after first addressing the problem at the microphone -- is to optimize your gain structure.
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Re: How to eliminate harsh sounding p's when some one is talking.
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 10:53:37 am »

I typically avoid this by speaking slightly off center to the microphone if a pop filter isn't handling it all. You usually get the harsh P's when saying the P right into the diaphragm if the mic is sensitive to it, slight adjustment can't cut that out without loosing overall tone and response.

Also backing off a little bit from the mic and not putting it right up to the lips can help this as well.
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