Iconic Microphone Is Named an IEEE Milestone

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Benjamin Bauer was a 25-year-old transducer development engineer at Shure and a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati when he developed the Uniphase acoustical system, the technology that made possible the first Unidyne microphone.

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Bauer’s system uses a single dynamic mic element, in which a voice coil is attached to a lightweight diaphragm. The voice coil sits within the field of a permanent magnet. The diaphragm and the voice coil are moved by sound waves, and an analogous electrical signal is produced within the voice coil wire. This technology reduced the size, weight, and cost as well as improved the performance of the company’s earlier microphones.

The first series of Unidyne mics, known as the 55 Series [see photo], featured a chrome-plated die-cast casing and a cardioid pattern that helped reduce unwanted background noise, which were brand-new features for a microphone, as well as a frequency response tailored to human speech.

The above is excerped from an IEEE story.  Select Bauer's MIC for the full text.

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Photo: Pictorial Press/Alamy (from the story)