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The Billie Holiday Microphone

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Posted 6 years ago


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This is the Shure 730, made famous by a photo of Billie Holiday taken in 1949 by Herman Leonard. It started being made in the late 1930's, as a low cost unidirectional mic. Although it has openings in the back, it was heralded as an efficient microphone for enviroments with background noise and reverberation.


  1. decosound decosound, 6 years ago
    Thanks fifties50s and officialfuel!
  2. decosound decosound, 6 years ago
    Thanks, chevy59!
  3. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 4 years ago
    very nice
  4. cyclist, 4 months ago
    It's counter-intuitive but directional mics have openings to the back or side. Omnidirectionl mics will generally have openings only to the front.

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