Whether it's an instrument or your voice, the microphone is the way to capture all the sounds of your music. Microphones are everywhere in the studio and on the stage, and like any other piece of audio equipment, they can be used with a variety of accessories to keep them performing at their best. Windscreens and grilles may be simple components for the mic, but they make an important impact. The first and foremost reason to have a windscreen on your microphone is to improve the quality of the recorded sound. Acting as filters, these foam covers help to screen out popping and other unwanted air noise from wind and breath. With less audible interference from the ambient air, any microphone you use will deliver cleaner, crisper results. Microphone windscreens and grilles are also helpful to protect the delicate electronics in the microphone head. A windscreen doubles as an air filter to keep out dust and other particles, while the grille shields the microphone from physical bumps and drops. For the musician who likes to customize, foam windscreens come in a rainbow of colors. You can give each band member their own color microphone if you like, adding a little extra flair to your stage presence. If the drummer uses multiple microphones with different settings for each percussion instrument, how about using different windscreens to color-code the mics and make setting up a little easier? Colored windscreens can be cosmetic or practical, depending on how you use them. For every type of microphone, there are grilles and windscreens to fit. Use a rounded grille for your ball-shaped mic or a capsule grille for a shotgun microphone. Foam and fur windscreens come in a wide variety of shapes. With these protective shields over the heads of your microphones, they'll last longer and keep on sounding great.