The first microphones were invented as far back as the 1870’s, but that’s before there were any tube amplifiers! We’ve come a long way, though most mic inventions occurred 70 to 90 years ago. John Holt is an expert on vintage microphones and gives us a fascinating look and lesson.
- Microphones part 1 – The Carbon Era
- Universal Microphone Company – Double Button Microphones
- Ribbon microphones
- Modesto Radio Museum
- Blumlein Pair mic technique – Wikipedia
- Principles of the Blumlein Stereo Technique
- How to Set Up Blumlein Stereo Pair Recording
- Sound Recording Research at Bell Labs
- Elvis and the Shure 55S
- Altec 639 “Birdcage” mic
- James West Forever Changed the Way We Hear the World
- Coutant – Web site dedicated to Microphone History
- American Radio History web site – Fantastic archive!