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Soundwave Research Labs prepares bee microphones

At Soundwave Research Laboratories, Inc. in Ashland Massachusetts we have developed a number of new sensors that can be used for studying the acoustic emissions of bees. Bee sounds have been studied and measured in the past - see this study - and there is some reason to think that control of the acoustic environment may affect bee behavior.

Soundwave is known for its microphones and in the past developed Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphones, now produced by Shure, Inc. - the world's largest mic maker. 

Bob Crowley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Soundwave 
Research, Crowley and Tripp, New55, RF Venue and Bee Science 
Farms in Hadley MA. Here Crowley presents microphones at an 
audio conference. 

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