The Sound Shark cuts through ambient noise better than a shotgun microphone. In his video on the range and pick up pattern of the Sound Shark, Will Crockett says “One of the things I really like about Sound Shark is, it’s not what it does record but what what it doesn’t record.”
The Sound Shark can record quality audio from long distances. Normal conversations can be recorded from up to 30 feet – usually more! A Sound Shark 30 feet away from the source provides almost the same signal level as a standard microphone 5 feet from the same source.
The Sound Shark’s collector dish shields the microphone from the wind. This feature makes the Sound Shark less susceptible to wind noise than a shotgun microphone. And, the available “dead cat” wind screen provides even more resistance to wind noise.
The Sound Shark’s long range eliminates the need for a boom, and the boom operator, in most instances. It’s small size allows the unit to be mounted directly to a video camera using the hot shoe mount. The hot shoe adapter can also be removed which allows the Sound Shark to be mounted to a light stand, Magic Arm, or just about anything with a 1/4-20 thread.
If the situation calls for a boom, the Sound Shark can easily be mounted to a boom with a much greater pick-up range than a shotgun mic. Being further away from the speaker allows for a wider shot.
The Sound Shark can be used wirelessly with a wireless lapel (lavaliere) microphone system such as a body pack. Using a wireless microphone lets you place the Sound Shark nearly anywhere relative to your camera. The distance is limited only by your wireless system, not the microphone itself.
The Sound Shark is based on the same technology that television networks have used to pick up the on-field sounds of professional sports for many years. Klover Products, our parent company, made the parabolic microphones used at the Super Bowl, MLB playoffs, and the World Series.
The Sound Shark’s dish is manufactured to very tight tolerances, only a few thousandths of an inch, to insure the best possible audio signal. The inexpensive parabolic dishes that you see offered on eBay or in magazines will not provide the quality audio that the Sound Shark provides.
The Sound Shark’s design allows the frame and dish to break away from the mounting block, if a collision should occur, without damaging your video camera.
After testing the break-away joint in various situations we recommend leaving two screws in the joint if you are mounting the Sound Shark to your camera. If you are mounting your Sound Shark on a stand or bracket, using all four screws will provide a bit more stability. Obviously we can not take responsiblity for damage to your camera that may occur if it is dropped or hits another object. The video below shows a sample of our testing.
A U.S. Patent has been issued covering the unique construction of the Sound Shark.
The Sound Shark is intended for video production applications. If you record a private conversation, you are in danger of being accused of not only eavesdropping on the conversation, but wiretapping as well. Please consult your local laws.