The Microphone Changes Singing Forever
08 Dec 2014
Before the microphone, singers had to protect their voices in a way they could be heard above the instruments. The object was volume. But then came the microphone and everything changed.
Because their voices were now being electrically amplified, they no longer needed to worry about volume. This allowed singers like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to learn new techniques combining their voices and the pick-up characteristics of the microphone. They found they could now sing softer and with many more nuances. “Crooning,” they called it.
The result was vocal performances with much more intimacy and feeling, something that wasn’t possible without the microphone and amplifier technology. New styles of music evolved and singers were able to perform in front of live audiences in ways they never could before.