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A microphone, sometimes referred to as a mike, or mic, is an acoustic-to-electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, tape recorders, hearing aids, motion picture production, live and recorded audio engineering, in radio and television broadcasting and in computers for recording voice, VoIP, and for non-acoustic purposes such as ultrasonic checking.The most common design today uses a thin membrane which vibrates in response to sound pressure. This movement is subsequently translated into an electrical signal. Most microphones in use today for audio use electromagnetic induction (dynamic microphone), capacitance change (condenser microphone, pictured right), piezoelectric generation, or light modulation to produce the signal from mechanical vibration. The following lists some of the major manufacturers of microphones, a more detailed description of microphones and their uses can be found by following the link at the bottom of the list.

 

Microphones

Applied Microphone Technology - AKG - Audix - Audio-Technica - Avlex - Beyerdynamic - CAD Equitek
Electro-Voice - Marshall - Mipro - Nady - Neumann - Royer - Sage - SD - Sennheiser - Shure

Applied Microphone Technology, Inc - Systems for woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, and fretted musical instruments. Applied Microphone Technology builds microphones that suit the needs of the musician and sound engineer, while always producing a stellar performance from any instrument.
http://www.appliedmic.com

AKG Acoustics - Manufacturer of microphones, headphones, PA systems, wireless, and other products.
http://www.akg-acoustics.com

Audix - One of the more recognized microphone companies in the industry, consistently raising the bar in the pro audio world with innovative, award-winning products. http://www.audixusa.com

Audio-Technica - Microphones and wireless systems.Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.
http://www.audio-technica.com

Avlex - Manufacturers of the Avlex, Superlux, and Mipro lines of pro audio gear and microphones.Avlex Corporation is a leading supplier of high quality, well featured and competitively priced professional audio products. The Avlex, Superlux and Mipro brands of microphones, wireless systems, electronics and accessories are available through independent dealers and contractors nationwide.
http://www.avlex.com

Beyerdynamic North America - Manufactures, sells, and services microphones and headphones for professional use. Founded in 1924 in Berlin the beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG has today in Heilbronn a first-class leading role at the market in headphones, microphones and conference systems. With the high quality demand beyerdynamic develops and produces in Germany innovative solutions for constantly increasing clientele.
http://www.beyerdynamic.com

CAD Equitek - Manufacturer of stage, recording, and commerccial microphones.CAD Professional Microphones has been in the microphone manufacturing business for over 75 years. CAD emerged in the late 1980’s with the introduction of the first studio condensers to offer superior performance at an affordable price. Over the past 2 decades, the CAD name has become synonymous with innovative products.
http://www.cadmics.com

Electro-Voice - For 80 years, EV has been behind some of the most significant innovations in the history of sound reinforcement.
Retail and contractor products including speakers, mixers, signal processing equipment, microphones, and more.
http://www.electrovoice.com

Marshall Electronics, Inc.- Pro audio division that makes the MXL audio line of microphones and accessories. For almost 30 years, Marshall Electronics has specialized in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of leading edge technology products for a wide range of professional Audio / Video applications.
http://www.mxlmics.com

Mipro - Designer, manufacturer, and marketer of wireless microphone systems, portable p.a. systems, and related products..
http://www.mipro.com.tw

Nady Systems - Manufactures wireless microphone and instrument systems for pro audio and video applications along with personal communicators for motorcycles, hearing assistance, and industry.Nady Systems has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing wireless microphones since 1976. One of the first wireless innovators, Nady has sold millions of wireless systems worldwide, and continues to provide some of the most innovative/ highest performing products on the market at the most competitive prices.
http://www.nadywireless.com

Neumann Microphones - It is difficult to imagine a professional audio studio without a Neumann microphone. For decades, Neumann has been regarded worldwide as the standard-setting, leading manufacturer of studio microphones. Many products introduced in the history of the company have become milestones of professional audio technology
http://www.neumann.com

Royer Microphones - Manufactures ribbon microphones for professional recording.Royer Labs was formed in 1998 to bring David Royer's unique, modern ribbon microphone designs to the world.
http://www.royerlabs.com

Sage Electronics - Offers High end, Hand crafted microphones, microphone pre-amps and DI boxes.
http://www.sageelectronics.com

SD Systems - Manufacturer of instrument microphones for all acoustical instruments.SD Systems is world class manufacturer of Instrument Microphones, covering all acoustical instruments.
http://www.sdsystems.com

Sennheiser - For more than 60 years, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with top-quality products and tailor-made complete solutions for every aspect of the recording, transmission and reproduction of sound.
http://www.sennheiser.com

Shure Brothers Incorporated - Microphones, wireless microphone systems, sound reinforcement, mixers, teleconferencing, and phono cartridges.With a history of audio innovation spanning over 80 years, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession.
http://www.shure.com

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