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#555125 - 09/16/19 05:52 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24
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Rustyspoon# Offline

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Ok... probably will get slammed down to the floor, but this is just an opinion (not a forced one smile )

I experimented with a couple of vocal treatment scenarios including a microphone shield, a few pop filters (nylon, metal mesh) blanket, etc.
When there is too much stuff on the mic stand, I just feel a little claustrophobic smile I do not have space or will to build a booth, so went on a quest to find a different approach to sound. And found this magical thing: Alctron PF8!
It is a $24 (ebay) large piece of foam that fits wide variety of mics and comes with removable pop filter. Some call it "portable vocal booth", some call it junk that doesn't work, some bragging that it adds too much color,
some swear that quality is identical to a $200 overpriced (for no good reason) kaotica eyeball.

I love my $24 Alctron!
1) It makes mic setup much more compact.
2) Surprisingly it actually helps a lot to isolate unwanted noise.
3)If I am singing from sheet, I have a lot of space, unlike when using large shield.
4) price point. It ranges from $23-$28 including shipping. US stock.

I don't want to post links as it will seem like an advertisement. You can find one easily. Just want to share my experience.

#555178 - 09/17/19 09:50 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24 [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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beatmaster Offline

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Great find this is definitely suitable and a space saver for the home studio set up I'm buying one !.


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#555320 - 09/18/19 06:36 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24 [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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lambada Online   embarrased

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What about this version? What's the advantage or disadvantage. Just wondering. It's only a bit more expensive.

Edited by lambada (09/18/19 06:37 AM)
Windows 10 Home 1809 Build 18362.10012
BIAB 2019 (Build 634)
Intel(R) Core(TM), i3-4160, CPU @3.60 GHz RAM 16 GB, 64 Bit X64-based processor
Zoom UAC-2 (USB 3 interface-built in midi)
VoiceLive 3 Extreme, Sputnik Valve Condenser Mic

#555407 - 09/18/19 04:16 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24 [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Rustyspoon# Offline

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sorry do not know about this one. My version (PF8) works very well for me and it is also very light. I think PF8 Pro just looks fancier, and most likely is heavier. I doubt there will be very noticeable difference in results smile

#555499 - 09/19/19 09:07 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24 [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Guitarhacker Offline

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Heck, I used to use an old embroidery hoop and some old nylon stockings..... worked just fine.

I eventually decided to upgrade to a real pop filter..... it looks better but the old one was a pretty blue.

You can see it on my website under the studio link.... all the way to the bottom just above the guitar pics.... laying on the desk beside the lappy
You can find my music at:

Add nothing that adds nothing to the music

#556301 - 09/24/19 08:00 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: One of the best studio purchases in 2019... $24 [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Sundance Offline

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Herb, I use a pop filter too and old thick comforters on rolling carts to make a temporary vocal booth.

The product the OP's talking about is for damping room noise like room echo, a bad sounding room or maybe even clock ticks, computer fans, etc.

Sounds like a great idea if something that small really works for keeping unwanted room noise out of the vocal mic.


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