Pearl Microphone Laboratory
Pearl Microphone Laboratory was the first microphone manufacturer in Sweden, and remains the longest in business. The company was founded in 1941 by Rune Rosander. The company split in 1978, spawning a new firm called Milab (short for Microphone Laboratory) that is run by Rosander’s son. PML is owned and operated by the Pearl company’s former Production Manager, Bernt Malmqvist.
The company’s product line is best known for its use of Pearl’s proprietary rectangular microphone capsule, which was initially developed in the 1950s. Both PML and Milab manufacture rectangular-capsule microphones today.
PML has recently developed a new variation on its capsule, the Model 2700 with a 7:1 ratio between length and width. The new capsule is said to have a higher signal-to-noise ratio and improved side-to-side Cardioid pattern control. It can be found in the three microphones in the ELM series.