- /muy"kreuh fohn'/, n.an instrument capable of transforming sound waves into changes in electric currents or voltage, used in recording or transmitting sound.[1875-80; MICRO-, in sense "enlarging" (extracted from MICROSCOPE) + -PHONE]
* * *Device for converting sound waves into electric power that has wave characteristics essentially similar to those of the sound.By proper design, a microphone may be given directional characteristics so that it will pick up sound primarily from a single direction, from two directions, or more or less uniformly from all directions. In addition to their use in telephone transmitters, microphones are most widely applied in hearing aids, sound-recording systems (principally magnetic and digital tape recorders), dictating machines, and public-address systems.
* * *▪ electroacoustic devicedevice for converting acoustic power into electric power that has essentially similar wave characteristics. While those on telephone transmitters comprise the largest class of microphones, the term in modern usage is applied mostly to other varieties.Apart from telephone transmitters, microphones are most widely applied in hearing aids, sound-recording systems (principally magnetic and digital tape recorders), dictating machines, and public-address systems. Microphones are extensively used in communications systems, radio or wire, to provide better response quality than with conventional telephone transmitters, or for hands-free operation.In a microphone, sound waves (sound-pressure variations in the air) are converted into corresponding variations in electric current in two operations that take place almost simultaneously. In the first, the sound wave impinges on a slightly flexible surface (diaphragm), causing it to move to and fro in a manner corresponding to the movement of the air particles. In the second, the diaphragm by its motion causes a corresponding change in some property of an electric circuit. Depending on the type of microphone, displacement of the diaphragm may cause variations in the resistance of a carbon contact (carbon microphone), in electrostatic capacitance (condenser microphone), in the motion of a coil (dynamic microphone) or conductor (ribbon microphone) in a magnetic field, or in the twisting or bending of a piezoelectric crystal (crystal microphone; see Figure—>). In each case, motion of the diaphragm produces a variation in the electric output. By proper design, a microphone may be given directional characteristics so that it will pick up sound primarily from a single direction (unidirectional), from two directions (bidirectional), or more or less uniformly from all directions (omnidirectional).
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