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Video footage: CIRCA 1960 - A concealed contact microphone is used to record a conversation inside a phone booth.
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Definition of the noun contact microphone

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  1. a microphone designed to be used in contact with a source of sound (or with a resonating surface)


Contact microphone: A contact microphone, otherwise known as a pickup or a piezo, is a form of microphone designed to sense audio vibrations through solid objects. Unlike normal air microphones, contact mics are almost completely insensitive to air vibrations but transduce only structure-borne sound. Often used as acoustic leakage probes, they also enjoy wide usage by noise music artists experimenting with sound. Plain contact microphones are passive and high-impedance and this can cause them to sound 'tinny' unless used with a matching preamp.

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Google previewThe Audio Dictionary (2011)

Third Edition, Revised and Expanded by Glenn D. White, Gary J. Louie

Contact Microphone Strictly speaking, a contact microphone is not a microphone at all, but is a vibration transducer that generates an electric signal proportional to the vibration of the surface to which it is applied. Such a device can be used as ...

Google previewDictionary of Television and Audiovisual Terminology (1998)

by Moshe Moshkovitz

Graphics are immediately translated by a video contact microphone card installed inside the computer into a video ...

Google previewBKSTS Illustrated Dictionary of Moving Image Technology (2013)

by Martin Uren

contact microphone: A microphone designed to respond to sound vibrations transmitted other than through air. contact printing: Still or motion picture printing in ...

Google previewModern Dictionary of Electronics (1999)

by Rudolf F. Graf

contact microphone—l.

Google previewThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South Asia : the Indian subcontinent (1998)

by Bruno Nettl, Ruth M. Stone, James Porter, Timothy Rice

Many players use a contact microphone; others rely on normal microphones. Today's primary exponent of the gottuv adya m, a fretless "slide" vina with sympathetic strings, is Ravikiran, initially from Karnataka but raised in Madras, who ...

Google previewDictionary of Physics (2016)

by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

carbon microphone, carbon-particle microphone, contact microphone, D- microphone invented by Hughes in 1878 which makes use of the dependence of the contact resistance between particles of carbon on the compressing force. The force ...

Google previewAcademic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology (1992)

by Christopher G. Morris, Academic Press

contact microphone Acoustical Engineering, a microphone designed to pick up sound vibrations from a solid material, such as the sounding board of ...

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