Sound Shark History and Information
Sound Shark parabolic microphones are manufactured in the United States by Sound Shark Audio, the consumer products division of Klover Products, Inc. which was founded by Paul Terpstra and Patrick Santini.
Who We Are
Patrick founded Kernwer LLC, and ModTruss LLC. These companies provide temporary stages and structures to the television broadcast industry. Kernwer’s stages have been seen at nearly every major sporting event such as: the MLB All-Star game, the World Series, the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Paul has years of experience in engineering and product design. He has operated an engineering consulting company called Innalytical Solutions since 2004. Paul has also provided Patrick with engineering services for several years.
Patrick asked Paul to develop a parabolic microphone for Fox Sports, because Fox audio engineers had grown dissatisfied with the available products. This original test unit turned out to be the first prototype of the microphone that would later become Klover Products’ first product, the Klover MiK 26.
- Klover Products Inc. was incorporated by Paul Terpstra and Patrick Santini.
- Fox Sports began using the Klover MiK 26 parabolic microphone for all football broadcasts.
Freelance producer Randy Gardner asked if it would be possible to create a small parabolic collector that could be mounted to a camera or hidden in a corner. Over the next year Klover developed a nine-inch diameter parabolic collector called the Klover MiK 09.
- The Klover MiK 09 was introduced at the 2014 NAB convention.
- Will Crocket, a photography consultant, agreed to test one of these parabolic collectors. Will was the first to suggest that we offer a more user-friendly version of the product for the non-technical videographer. This suggestion led to the creation of the Sound Shark.
- Sound Shark Audio was created as a separate division of Klover Products, Inc.