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Classic Microphones: The Authors’ Views

This chapter was written as a result of numerous conversations with both microphone users and

manufacturers following the publication of the first edition of The Microphone Book.While the

list reflects our personal views of the subject, it should come as no surprise that it contains

virtually all of the celebrated models of the last 75 years. Most engineers would agree that the

German and Austrian condenser models introduced into the United States shortly after the

Second World War virtually reinvented both popular and classical recording in America, and

those models form the core of this presentation. To these we have added the American

contributions in dynamic and ribbon technology that became the mainstay of broadcasting and

communications in this country, along with a group of fine omnidirectional condensers that

were also distinctively American.