Think about it. Do you ever hear anyone popping p’s in conversation? Of course you don’t. That should tell you that these mysterious people who are plagued with always popping their p’s are nonexistent. What it should also tell you is that something external must be the cause. Look no further than the microphone!
Microphones are delicate instruments, as anyone using one probably knows only too well. There are lots of times they pick up sounds you wish they wouldn’t like your barking dog or your audible intakes of air every time you breathe. (Guilty of those? Check out my video for some help on that.) It’s also true that the slightest puff of air aimed directly into the mic will cause a popping sound.
P’s are called plosives in phonetics because they require a puff of air to make them correctly. To see how these are made, CLICK here and SELECT the “Stop” tab and then one of the letters on the left. You’ll see an animation of the production of the sound, “p.” If you hold your hand in front of your mouth and make a “p” sound, you should feel a puff of air as you say it. Go ahead. Try it. Now imagine that puff hitting the head of a mic dead on. You’re bound to hear popping, right?
My advice to avoid popping p’s is simple. Move the mic slightly to the side or above or below your mouth so your air is not projecting right into it. This will generally fix the problem for good!