Does the Audio Technica AT2020 need a pop filter? In this article, we’ll explain what a pop filter does and when you need to use one. We’ll look at 2 different pop filter styles and share a quick workaround if you don’t have access to either.

Quick Answer: Yes, the AT2020 needs a pop filter if you’re using it for podcasting, live streaming, or any other vocal application.

What Is A Pop Filter

A pop filter is a tool you can place between your mouth and your microphone to help prevent plosives. A plosive occurs when you make a P or a B sound into the microphone that overpowers the diaphragm.

Imagine catching water in your hands. Water from a bathroom sink tap falls softly into the palm of your hand under controlled pressure. A screen on the faucet makes it softer. Now imagine trying to catch water from a fierce hose. The unfiltered water hits your hand a lot harder.

A similar concept applies to condenser microphones. If you speak right into it, the air coming from your mouth will blow out the capsule. But if you can find a way to screen the air, you can get closer to the mic without creating a plosive.

AT2020 Pop Filter Options

There are two types of pop filters and a workaround that we’ll talk about a little later on.

  • External Pop Filters
    These come in the form of an external screen that you place between the microphone and your mouth.
  • Foam Windscreen
    The AT2020 has a slip-on foam cover that does a great job of preventing plosives. We prefer this type of pop filter, and we’ll explain why next.

External Pop Filter vs. Foam Windscreen

We prefer using foam windscreens in general, but especially for any kind of video podcast or live streaming activity. They look a lot nicer on screen.

  • The external pop filter obstructs your face and is distracting on camera.
  • Having an external pop filter in your face can get pretty annoying and uncomfortable for longer recordings.

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AT2020 Pop Filter Workaround

If you don’t have access to either of the pop filter solutions for any reason, you can still take steps to minimize plosives. Move the AT2020 away from the front of your mouth and position it off to the side, angled towards you.

Now, as you talk to the camera, the majority of the air leaving your mouth is projected straight ahead instead of directly into the mic’s diaphragm. You’ll need more than just a pop filter to get the very best from your microphone. Use a shock mount with the AT2020 for the best results.

Audio Technica AT2020 Pop Filter Pricing & Specs

Audio Technica AT2020 Pop Filter Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:25 – What Is A Pop Filter?
  • 1:39 – External Pop Filter
  • 2:00 – Foam Windscreen
  • 2:20 – External vs Foam Windscreen
  • 2:37 – Pop Filter Workaround
  • 2:57 – Pricing & Specs