mike (noun) Short for microphone, a device for converting acoustic power into electric power that has essentially similar wave characteristics. Berliner's brainstorm. Possibly the first microphone invented was a telephone transmitter. In 1876, while working for Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner cooked it up in his spare time. Muffled? Then the mike is too close to your mouth. You're not resting it on your chin, are you, Mr. Donahue? All about the pickup. There are essentially four ...

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