Stylish new audio filtering equipment designed in the UK is making the recording experience easier, faster and better. Pop filters are used to eliminate popping sounds when recording the human voice, as well as protecting against saliva damaging the microphone. Pop Audios new pop filter, designed by Cambridge Industrial Design (CID), is a radically improved version of the traditional filter. It has been designed to overcome the issues of drooping filters, which hinder the recording process and require time-consuming, constant adjustment. It also improves acoustic performance through a range of new filters created for specific recording needs.
Pop Audio is the brainchild of audio recording engineers Jonathan Hucks and John Metcalfe. Frustrated by the poor performance of existing pop filters they came up with the idea of replacing the standard neck with a more stable, adjustable ball and socket arm, dramatically improving usability and quality.
Pop Audios product comes complete with a quick release clamp, a heavy-duty adjustable arm and a range of interchangeable metal, foam and fabric filters, designed to meet specific needs. The arms quick release clamp, developed in conjunction with CID, dramatically reduces set up time as users can just clip it straight on to a microphone stand and record, no longer wasting valuable studio time tightening a screw. The arms removable filter attachment point also enables filters to be screwed directly onto a microphone stand.
After raising initial funding, Pop Audio met multiple design companies to discuss its idea, and chose to work with CID due to its combination of audio experience, flexible, teamwork-based approach and end to end services. Not only did CID create the product design, but it has also provided access to its manufacturing partners in the Far East, delivering a full service to Pop Audio. CIDs previous audio and studio experience includes projects for Fender, Monitor Audio and Wharfedale Pro Audio.
While everyone uses them, no-one in the recording industry has a good word to say about traditional pop filters, said Jonathan Hucks, co-creator, Pop Audio. We knew what needed improving, and working with Cambridge Industrial Design has turned our vision into reality, all the way from concept design to full manufacturing production. As sound engineers we know the value of teamwork, and CID shared our passion for creating great, stylish products that fix problems Id use them again for further design projects in a heartbeat.
Pop Audio came to us with a great idea for a disruptive product in a mature market, said Alex Jones, Director, Cambridge Industrial Design. Working together weve been able to create an innovative new product and bring it to market, covering the whole design lifecycle all the way through to manufacture and meeting the specific needs of recording engineers for tough yet elegant equipment that helps them do their jobs better.
Since its launch the Pop Audio filter has been praised by both consumers and the press. It received an Editors Choice Award from Pro Tools Expert and customer feedback includes quotes such as Ive never thought a pop filter could look as sexy an iPhone, but you guys did it.
About Cambridge Industrial Design
Cambridge Industrial Design delivers proven design excellence, helping companies across the world to create innovative, effective products. Built on a deep understanding of client needs and our award-winning track record, our experienced team delivers a full range of creative product design services for companies of all sizes. Based in Cambridge, UK, but operating globally, international client experience includes projects for Aga, Osram, GE, Fender, Monitor Audio, and local companies SureFlap, Vinten and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Visit www.cambridge-industrialdesign.com for more information.