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Q: Can a preamp's pad be used as a pop filter?

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@TiqueO6:  Throwing this out there before looking at the video so forgive me but would using the pad lower the chances of saturating the mic's internal preamp, even subtly?

@AudioMasterclass replies to @TiqueO6: Yes this would protect against clips, but popping is different and takes place in the diaphragm. It is unfortunate that 'pop' is sometimes used as a synonym for 'clip' but they really are two different issues. DM

@mihail-bogdanyanov:  Maybe the pops are so loud, that they are clipping and the pad drops the whole signal down into healthy levels, thus the person asking the question needs to learn more about gain staging?

@editingsecrets:  Surprised a BBC announcer would need anything at all to protect against pops, given how smoothly received pronunciation glides along like warm buttah.

@mediascapes2011:  hmm, are you angry?

@editingsecrets replies to @mediascapes2011: Only when bad questions overdrive him into distortion. If people maintain a reasonable level of discourse, say around --13dB, then issues don't phase him at all.

@hi-techfilmmaker5682:  omg, I saw your thumbnail and I thought you were Paul McCartney!

@rpgaleksy replies to @hi-techfilmmaker5682: Very much so, the mouth area and general face structure reminds me of Sir McCartney a lot, instant sympathy points as one can pretend it‘s actually Paul but in Audio Engineering form!

@morbidmanmusic:  Obviously the popping was him clipping the preamp, and less possibly the mic at the source. You got this wrong. I'm surprised.

@AudioMasterclass replies to @morbidmanmusic: Clipping is not popping. A microphone may pop, a preamp may clip. DM

@editingsecrets replies to @morbidmanmusic: Without an audio sample we don't know if the questioner accurately identified popping as opposed to clipping.

@AudioMasterclass replies to @morbidmanmusic: @@editingsecrets This could be true. They could have heard clipping and called it popping, incorrectly. DM

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David Mellor

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

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