The RCA Type 77-A microphone
was a simplex
) ribbon microphone
, the forerunner of the RCA Type 77-DX microphone
. The 77-A was designed Dr. Harry F. Olson
sometime during the late 1920s
or early 1930s
; prototypes are rumored to have existed in 1929 and 1930, but the 77-A was not announced until 1932.
The 77-A would set the standard for all other RCA ribbon microphone comparisons for the next 40 years.
It featured an acoustic labyrinth inside the case and two vertical in-line ribbons which enabled it to be uni-directional.