KLOVER PRODUCTS HISTORY & INFORMATION
KLOVER Products is the direct result of a simple request. FOX Sports wanted a better parabolic microphone than the industry standard at the time.
Our founder, Paul Terpstra, was running a successful engineering consulting firm when he was approached with the audio challenge. The first version of the KLOVER MiK 26 was designed and a prototype was built. The vastly improved range and clarity led FOX to place an order for KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic mics. Klover Products, Inc. was founded in order to fulfill that order.
Patrick Santini, founder of ModTruss, was a co-founder in 2012. In 2018, Paul, and his wife Diane, attained full ownership of Klover Products.
Who We Are
After nearly a decade of working with some of the biggest television networks, Klover Products understands the challenges of capturing the right audio at the right time. Paul Terpstra, is a master problem solver. He spent 30 years in product development as a mechanical engineer, and personally holds 12 patents.
Klover Products is now a leading manufacturer of parabolic microphones. The KLOVER MiK is used across the globe – trusted by major networks, such as FOX, CBS, and ESPN, as well as universities and government agencies.
Klover PRODUCTS Timeline
Patrick Santini, who was supplying specialty stages for sports broadcast, 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.
The first KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were delivered to Fox Sports at the MLB All-Star game in Kansas City. It was quickly discovered that the pickup range of the 26-inch was too long to be used behind home-plate. The waterfalls in the outfield of Kaufmann Field were being picked up by the parabolic from the backstop.
Fox Sports began using the KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphone for all football broadcasts.
The KLOVER MiK 16, primarily targeted for use at baseball parks, was introduced at the NAB convention.
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 16 parabolic microphone was used at the MLB playoffs and World Series for the first time.
The KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were used in the broadcast of the NFL Super Bowl for the first time.
The KLOVER MiK 09 was introduced at the NAB convention.
Klover Products licensed a United States patent on a unique lens cleaning system for video camera lenses.
This concept of the lens cleaning system was expanded from mobile video cameras to the large stationery lenses (box lenses) and demonstrated at the NAB convention.
A major league ball park purchased eight Klover MiK 16 parabolic microphones to be hard mounted in strategic locations for the duration of the baseball season.
Audio engineer David Grundtvig began using the KLOVER MiK 09 for broadcast of NBA basketball games.
The KLOVER MiK 09 was used for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by audio engineer David Grundtvig.
Klover Products was granted a United States patent on the unique construction of the KLOVER MiK 26 and KLOVER MiK 16 parabolic microphones.
The Klear Shot lens cleaning system was successfully demonstrated for the Big 10 Network at a University of Wisconsin football game.
The KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were used in the broadcast of the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup for the first time.
Several of our KLOVER MiK 16 parabolic microphones were part of the audio package used by NBC at the summer Olympics in RIO.
For the second time, the KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were used in the broadcast of the NFL Super Bowl.
Klover Products received its second patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office covering the design of the smallest of Klover Products’ parabolic microphones (collectors). A separate patent was previously granted for the design of Klover Products’ larger models.
The co-owners of Klover Products recently completed the three-month long ExporTech training program aimed at increasing export sales of Wisconsin businesses. The highlight was the presentation of graduation diplomas by Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.
Klover Products exhibited at its first international trade show, the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam. As a result, stocking distributors were setup in the U.K. and Germany.
The KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were used for the broadcast of the NCAA College Football Championship game.
Klover Products exhibited at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam leading to more international dealers.
The KLOVER MiK 26 parabolic microphones were used in the broadcast of the NFL Super Bowl for the third time.