The Go-Filter Microphone
Handcrafted by Tony Palermo
NOTE: As of January 2018 we are out of stock--until further notice.
The Go-Filter microphone is the professional way to render the sound
of a voice heard over a telephone, walky-talky or radio. Go-Filter mics sound exactly like a telephone because they
ARE telephones--with both the tinny tone and slight distortion. The Go-Filter mic--the name’s a play on
gefilte fish--is made out of 1960s-70s telephone components, tweaked and wired-up to function like a conventional microphone.
While the Go-Filter mic's housing is hard-rubber, it allows actors to manually produce the hang-up clicks you hear through the telephone line by tapping on the front cover. That cover is also easily wiped clean, for good hygiene. To remove breath odor, spray the cover with a small amount of pop-filter disinfectant.
Besides mimicking telephone voices, musicians from rock bands like Tool and Queens of the Stone Age have used Go-Filter mics on stage and in studio--for everything from micing vocals to guitar amps and even drums. Rock producer, Joe Barresi bought a dozen Go-Filters to serve as "sonic secret weapons," providing highly unusual sounds.
The telephone element is enclosed in the hard-rubber body of a classic, "candlestick phone" ear-piece with a 6-foot male XLR cable attached. You just plug it into a typical mic cable and run it into your mixer. If you apply some reverb or delay, you can easily mimic a stadium, spaceship or airport p.a. sound. Please note that just like a telephone, you should speak very closely into the Go-Filter mic--it is a telephone, after all.
You can listen to an MP3 clip that demonstrates the Go-Filter mic in action
TONY PALERMO is an audio
theatre producer, performer, and educator living in Los Angeles, California.