British manufacturers Aston Microphones have launched a new range of universal pop filters and shockmounts. Formed from solid stainless steel, precisely acid-etched to create a mesh of hexagonal holes, the Aston Shield pop filter (£39) promises crystal clear vocals and perfect plosive control.
With its heavy duty gooseneck and sturdy crocodile clip, Aston say the Shield will quickly mount onto any mic stand and stay where it’s put. Gently curved to present a larger surface area, it’s also fully washable should it end up catching more than just plosives.
Meanwhile, the Aston Swift universal mic mount (£49) is designed for mics ranging from 30 to 55 mm in diameter. Constructed from aluminium and glass-filled nylon polymer, the Swift features Aston’s proprietary rapid mounting and release system, which uses a pair of sprung clips to anchor the mic in place, and latex ‘ShockStar’ suspension. A version of the Shield pop filter that attaches directly to the Swift mount is also available, and the two are available as a complete set, priced £79.