Sound Shark History & 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 were 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 over 35 years of experience in engineering and product design. He has operated an engineering consulting company called Innalytical Solutions since 2004. Paul provided engineering services to Patrick’s companies for many years.
In 2018, Paul, and his wife Diane, attained full ownership of Klover Products.
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.
Randy Gardner, a freelance producer posed the question, at the NAB convention, 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, the nine-inch diameter parabolic microphone, called the Klover MiK 09, was developed.
The Klover MiK 09 was introduced at the NAB convention.
Audio engineer David Grundtvig began using the Klover MiK 09 for broadcast of NBA basketball games.
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.
Will Crocket, a photography consultant, utilized the Sound Shark to capture audio for an automated video creation system which created souvenir videos for The Ledge attraction in the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Paul and Diane Terpstra purchased Patrick Santini’s portion of the company to attain full ownership of Klover Products.
The United States Patent Office issued a patent covering the design of the Sound Shark.