Where does come from?
The studio microphone emoji first came out in 2014 under Unicode 7.0, 4 years after similar emoji, such as the microphone and radio, debuted.
On most platforms, including Apple’s, the studio microphone emoji shows a classic tabletop or mounted microphone associated with old-time radio, the Shure Unidyne 55.
Twitter and Google’s design evokes another icon of audio yore, the RCA 77 ribbon mic:
While not as widely used as the microphone emoji, the studio microphone emoji, when not busy marking broadcasting content, does get used for singing and vocal performances.
Who uses ?
The studio microphone emoji is frequently used for various types of broadcasting, especially for live radio and sports announcing.
— WMNF 88.5 FM (@wmnf) May 14, 2018
🎙 “It’s going to come out for ROBERTSOOONNNNN!” 🙌🙌🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 16, 2018
The emoji can also represent the professions of broadcasting and journalism … they still exist?
— Grace Pooley (@graciepooley) April 17, 2018
It also works for live musical performances and interviews.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) May 11, 2018
Speaking of music, shower-divas like to use the emoji for when they are rocking out to a song, an alternative to the microphone emoji.
🎙🎸 Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong..🎼🎹🎶💓💓💓🎷
— Rookie Rocker😂🤘 (@RokerYappy) May 18, 2018
Podcasters and their listeners like to use the studio microphone emoji when dropping a new episode or starting into a binge-listen, as well.
And, then there’s the mic drop. We out.
— sneha💜🐯 (@snehaltae95) May 15, 2018