Microphones

John Nady first began working on a wireless system for guitar in 1968 and debuted his Nasty Cordless product eight years later. Although it was not the first such product on the market, it had many unique features that helped establish the product as a standard in the industry. After top performers...
Roman Perschon was born in Austria and developed a passion for sound equipment and audio as a child.  While traveling around the world, Roman developed his idea of creating microphone products that could provide consistent sound quality in a variety of different environments.  He launched his own...
Michael Pettersen is the unofficial historian of Shure. He can tell you everything you’d ever want to know about the long list of innovations and long-lasting microphone developments so much a part of the 80-year old company. Michael has also served in several roles in his 28-year career at Shure...
Stephan Peus started out his career with the Georg Neumann GmbH in Berlin in 1974. During his time with the company he developed numerous innovations in microphone technology including the first shotgun microphone that Neumann produced. When Sennheiser purchased the Neumann Company in 1991 Stephan...
George Riley is an embodiment of the passion so often found in the music products industry. George worked side by side the founder of Electro-Voice, Al Kahn, during the major expansion years following World War II. The company grew as a result of creative and innovative products, and George helped...
Martins Saulespurens and Skipper Wise formed Blue Microphones in 1995 and set off to change the way people thought of and heard microphones. Their impressive line of innovative products with clever names and unusual styles, addressed issues studios and even large venues were having regarding...
Peter Schmitt was not around when his family started a small retail store 110 years ago, but was proud of the role he has played in the expansion of the business into a wholesale business. His son Mike later took over as President of Peter E. Schmitt Music in New Jersey.  His son Mike was...
Michael Schmitt is the president of Peter E. Schmitt Music in New Jersey, the wholesale business his great uncle formed back in 1926. Michael’s father expanded the company over the years to include pro-audio gear such as speakers, microphones and mixing boards. Following in the family tradition,...
Sandy Schroeder speaks with fond memories of his years in the music industry, most notably his current career at Shure, “Most folks don’t know that although Shure has been around for 80 years, we have only had three presidents, including our first Mr. Shure and our current president, Sandy LaMantia...
Verne Searer began working part-time for Crown International in 1963. He left to earn his engineering degree at Purdue and returned to Crown in 1970. He stayed nearly twenty more years with the company in several positions including as a technician, engineer, the Director of Engineering, and the...

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