Talk:Microphone

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More comments on history[edit]

First, this article deserves a decent history section. People coming to tech articles out of curiosity often want to know about the history. What's there now is really minimal.

Second, shouldn't the history of the microphone start with Bell and Asa Gray? You can't have a telephone without a microphone. I realize this is an interpretation and hence IR, which is why I'm not making the change myself. But surely there is some citeable source that recognizes this?

What does Asa Gray have to do with the microphone? I assume you mean Elisha Gray. I have added a mention. I'm steering clear of Elisha Gray and Alexander Bell telephone controversy but it is a couple clicks away and provides necessary support. ~Kvng (talk) 16:15, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Two sections on carbon microphones[edit]

I noticed that this article has two distinct sections on carbon microphones. One is in the history section and the other is in the variety section. Is this appropriate?

130.63.209.127 (talk) 17:30, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

I made some improvements to the History section to address this. Note that there is also a separate Carbon microphone article. ~Kvng (talk)

Should Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Supercardioid, Subcardioid and Shotgun be subsections of Unidirectional?[edit]

From the description it could sound like they're a subset of unidirectional microphones? Interstates (talk) 10:17, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

No, we're here to explain, not to be a taxonomy. It's more readable to present a simpler flat list, rather than hierarchies. Yes, the types listed are unidirectional patterns, but it would be more confusing, not less, to start presenting cardioids and shotguns as some closely-related group. Andy Dingley (talk) 16:49, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

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Mic Pulsing[edit]

Gentleman, how about an article on "Mic Pulsing" - the act/tactic of covertly cutting off/lowering the volume of an opponent's microphone during a public debate/speech?--פרץ הכהן (talk) 22:13, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

New articles must meet notability standards. I'm not finding any coverage of this term. ~Kvng (talk) 14:39, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
Never heard the term, and Google seems to confirm what Kvng said. BernardoSulzbach (talk) 22:56, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Shotgun is not a Polar Pattern[edit]

Can we please change the image in the Polar Pattern section labeled "Shotgun" to Lobar? While some shotgun microphones may have the lobar polar pattern many types of shotgun mics do not. A shotgun microphone is a microphone type and the paragraph explaining it would be better moved down to the "Application-specific" designs section. I have never seen a spec sheet use the term "shotgun" to describe a polar pattern and have never heard an audio professional use the term to describe a polar pattern. MCITW (talk) 06:11, 11 November 2019 (UTC)