The Microphone

Personal Selection

Why did I choose the microphone? Well, not only did I want to think outside the box- but it is also something that I have used a lot throughout my life during memorable times. It kickstarted my love via karaoke at a ripe preschool age and propelled me into leading roles and performances.


The microphone was invented in 1876 by Emile Berliner as a part of the telephone. In the roaring 20’s, a carbon microphone was made and used. When the radio came about, the importance of the microphone grew and many began to improve upon it. The microphone used for radio was called a ribbon microphone. In the 70’s, tone was taken into consideration and sound become much clearer. In fact, the microphone continues to be upgraded to this day.


The function of the microphone can be simplified as this: a way to project and let a voice reach an audience. This can be done through radio, television, recordings or even performances! I have personally used them during musicals, choir performances, and singing for an audience.


There is no stereotypical user for a microphone, and I guarantee almost all of us have used one before. From priests during service, a fourth grader during a spelling bee, and Beyoncé during a concert- you can truly be anyone to use a microphone.


Most microphones contain a magnet made of a neodymium ironboron compound, a copper wire, plastic, and aluminum. In fact, the way the microphone works is very interesting. The microphone converts energy we provide from our diaphragm (our voice!) and work similarly to our very own ears.


The cost of microphones can go from 100 dollars to 1,000 dollars for real quality. I believe my own was a little under 100, but can be difficult to use and the software sometimes crashes. Of course, you can always find the children's version for far less.


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