Parabolic microphones provide a great deal of amplification, or gain, when capturing audio from a great distance, explained Paul Terpstra, one of the founders of the company.
“Unfortunately, the parabolic collector cannot distinguish between a speaker and road noise. It will amplify all the sound coming from directly in front of the collector.”
On display at the Klover stand at IBC2019 is a demo of noise cancelling technology incorporated with a parabolic mic. The product added to the mic is Cedar Audio’s DNS 2, which can significantly reduce ambient noise so dialogue can be captured by using time tested algorithms.
Klover Products’ line of parabolic microphones captures sound from great distances by using the physics of a parabolic collector to focus sound from a large area onto a small microphone. The Wisconsin-based company is showing several of its parabola mics at IBC2019. The largest model is 26-inches (66cm) in diameter, and allows a conversation to be understood from up to 600 feet (180m) away.
The smallest model, 9-inches (23cm) in diameter, is small enough to mount directly to a video camera but it provides performance that is equal or better than a high-end shotgun microphone, said Terpstra. It also provides a more focused pickup, a longer range, and is more wind resistant than a shotgun mic.
Klover Products is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 8.A72.