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    Meet Mike 226. This guy is inspired and designed by the phenomenon of cymatics, which is a form of visual interpretation of sound waves. By putti… Read More
    Meet Mike 226. This guy is inspired and designed by the phenomenon of cymatics, which is a form of visual interpretation of sound waves. By putting grains of salt/sand on a surface, and connecting this to a plate, you can see the grains forming patterns when resonating with the plate. The frequency of 226Hz was the pattern used to design this microphone, and is also why he's named Mike 226. Read Less
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MIKE 226 // INTRODUCTION

A few months ago I was developing a technique to model a microphone grid mesh in a CAD format (NX). It was meant to support an industrial designer to elevate his visual presentation for a microphone concept he had designed at that time. The grid came out better than I expected, so I decided to design one for myself.

So, I started researching different forms of how sound could be visualized, when I stumbled upon a phenomenon known as cymatics. The phenomenon is a study of how vibrations creates waves in a substance. This could be with a non-Newtonian fluid on a speaker, or adding fine grains (sald/sand/etc) on a flat piece of surface and connecting vibrations/sound waves to it. In certain frequencies that resonates with the plate, the grains will move into regular patterns on the surface, some of which - in my opinion - are beautiful.


Image showing the phenomenon of cymatics with sand in action. Image courtesy of Nigel Stanford (www.nigelstanford.com)



On the webpage for Cymatics Group I came across a full study of different patterns, and how they will repeat only in a larger scale ​​​​​on different wavelengths. It was here I got the idea to utilize one of these patterns to design a microphone. Below you'll see a small selection of the frequencies I was looking at, and the selected pattern to be used for a further shape exploration.


CYMATICS // PATTERN SELECTION

From these patterns I found pattern from the wavelength of 226Hz to be a great fit for pursuing the microphone design. And it's this very frequency that gave the microphone it's name: Mike 226

The pattern was given a circular warp in photoshop, such that it could be traced and modeled into a spherical shape in NX, which stands as the essence of the shape exploration for this concept.








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