KLOVER MiK 09 Parabolic Microphone

Never Miss your shot

Engineered for the modern videographer, the KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone is known as our "shotgun killer." Attach it to the camera's shoe mount, mount it to a light pole, attach a pistol grip, or even hang it from the ceiling, for long-range audio that's always ready.

KLOVER MiK 09 Details

Diameter: 9 inches
Weight: 10 ounces
Range: 30 feet+
Amplification: ~6X

Need more range?
Check out the KLOVER MiK 16

Need a much greater range?
Check out the KLOVER MiK 26

Why Choose the KLOVER MiK

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone on video camera

KLOVER MiK 09 Features

Directional

Enjoy longer reach and more directionality than a traditional shotgun microphone

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone at wedding (1248x702)

Versatile

Designed to be used with any omnidirectional lapel mic, the KM-09 converts any microphone you may have to a long-distance shotgun equivalent

Microphone mount of KLOVER MIK 09 parabolic microphone (1242x700)

Capture Multiple Speakers

Capture natural conversation between multiple speakers without having to pass a handheld or wire people with individual mics

KLOVER MIK 09 recording panel (1244x700)

Discreet Design

Enjoy the reach of a boom without distraction to your subject

9-inch parabolic mic recording wedding dance (1245x700)

Durability

Constructed of ballistic-grade plastic and aluminum, and with no handles, the KLOVER MiK 09 is our most durable design

Dan Weecks w KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic mic in Paris (1245x700)

Built-In Protection

A break-away joint protects your equipment from damage if dropped or hit

KLOVER MiK 09 Accessory parabolic microphone on Lumix GH3 (1245x700)

Two Models Available

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic mic (800x800)

KLOVER MiK 09 Standard

Our smallest broadcast quality parabolic microphone

$375

KLOVER MiK 09 Accessory parabolic mic (1536x1536)

KLOVER MiK 09 Accessory

Includes our accessory mounting bracket that allows flash shoe accessories, such as compact LED lights, to be mounted to the base

$399

Both models available in either silver or black finish

Reporter (1001x667)

Reliable audio for unreliable times.

As the world adjusts to the new normal, good reporting is more important than ever. The KLOVER MiK 09 captures natural conversations from a safe 6 feet (2 m) away (or further)

SAMPLE CLIPS

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Additional Details - KLOVER MiK 09 Parabolic Microphone

While called a parabolic microphone, our products are actually parabolic collectors. An electronic pickup, or microphone, must be installed in the KLOVER MiK to capture audio.

KLOVER MiK 09

  • Range: 30 to 50 feet in ideal conditions
  • Amplification: Approximately 6 X
  • Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 3 inches
  • Dish Outside Diameter: 9 inches
  • Collector Diameter: 8 inches
  • Weight: Approximately 10 ounces
  • Collector Dish Thickness: 1/8 inch
  • Frequency: 40 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Focus Point: 1-1/8 inch behind the inner face of aluminum frame
  • Pickup Pattern:  Approximately conical (15 degrees off center) (See “Test Results” tab below)
  • Microphone: Omnidirectional lapel up to 5/16 inch diameter
  • Mounting Options: Aluminum block with 1/4-20 tapped hole and flash shoe adapter is standard.  The block can be replaced with the included cylindrical rod for mounting in a shotgun mic clamp
  • Accessory Mounting: Not available

KLOVER MiK 09 Accessory

  • Range: 30 to 50 feet in ideal conditions
  • Amplification: Approximately 6 X
  • Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 3 inches
  • Dish Outside Diameter: 9 inches
  • Collector Diameter: 8 inches
  • Weight: Approximately 11 ounces
  • Collector Dish Thickness: 1/8 inch
  • Frequency: 40 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Focus Point: 1-1/8 inch behind the inner face of aluminum frame
  • Pickup Pattern:  Approximately conical (15 degrees off center)
    (See “Test Results” tab below)
  • Microphone: Omnidirectional lapel up to 5/16 inch diameter
  • Mounting Options: Aluminum block with 1/4-20 tapped hole and flash shoe adapter is standard.  The block can be replaced with the included cylindrical rod for mounting in a shotgun mic clamp
  • Accessory Mounting: The standard aluminum block is replaced with a block that has two flash shoe mounting slots

Streaming

Presenting classes online is becoming more common every year. Streaming video of the instructor is quite easy, and using a wireless mic provides great audio from the instructor. If desired, it is rather straight forward to add a second camera to capture video of the students.  The challenge, however, is to capture audio of student questions and interaction.

Comments from more than 20 students were captured with four 9-inch parabolic microphones mounted in a 20-foot x 40-foot classroom (as shown below).  The audio was more than adequate.  Another university placed a 9-inch parabolic (along with a GoPro camera) in each classroom to stream the professor for students watching from home.

Houses of worship have used our 9-inch parabolic mics to stream the speaker or congregants to those watching online.

The small unit can also be mounted on a pan/tilt unit to follow the video camera, or mounted to a pan/tilt/zoom camera, to provide more focused audio to online meetings.

Lecture Hall (800x533)

Newscasters

Interviews can be conducted with no notice because there is no need to place a mic on the subject.  Depending on the level of ambient noise, the audio will be very similar to a lapel mic on the subject from up to 6 or 8 feet.

An unexpected benefit of using the KM-09 is that the audio signal drops off much less when your subject turns their head to the side, as compared to using a lapel mic.

The directionality of the KM-09 greatly reduces the amount of ambient, or crowd noise that is captured.  This allows your subject to stand out from the background noise. At the same time, the pickup is large enough that more than one subject can be captured with equal levels. You don’t need to worry about the subject speaking while the interviewer has pulled back the mic.

A group of 27 panel members was captured with four KLOVER MiK 09 units hung from the ceiling grid.  

The small parabolic also makes a great backup for wireless mics when mounted above the news desk.

Nature Study

Our 9-inch parabolic microphones have been used by bird watchers around the world.  They have also been used to record land animals at zoos and in the wild (even Big Foot!).

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Documentaries

A number of customers use our small parabolic microphone for man-on-the-street type interviews.

The interview can be conducted spontaneously, without having to place a mic on the subject(s). At distances less than 6 to 8 feet (depending on the level of ambient noise) the audio will be very similar to a lapel mic on the subject. And if your subject turns their head to the side, the drop off is much less than with a lapel mic.

The directionality of the KM-09 greatly reduces the amount of ambient, or crowd noise that is captured.  This allows your subject to stand out from the background noise.  At the same time, the pickup is large enough that more than one subject can be captured with equal levels. You don’t need to worry about the subject speaking while the interviewer has pulled back the mic.

KLOVER MiK 09 LED parabolic microphone on news camera (2048x2560)

Security / Law Enforcement

The range and focus of the KLOVER MiK can provide audio to supplement surveillance video. This audio can provide valuable insight into suspicious activity. 

Security camera on a pole

Sports

The KLOVER MiK 09 has been used for various sports including March Madness tournament and the NBA playoffs.  According to audio engineer Dave Grundtvig “the combination of the 9-inch parab and where it’s placed on the backboard perfectly mimics the three-point circle on the court.” 

Audio engineer Steve Koubridis used the KM-09 for major league soccer and said “You may notice a shotgun on top of the lens (photo on the  right). I had to do the A – B comparison. Well, no comparison at all. I’ll take it (the 9-inch parabolic).”

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone at MLS (700x933)

Leak Detection

The focused pickup pattern of the KLOVER MiK allows the high frequency sounds of air leaks to be easily detected and located.

Air compressor

Mechanical Noise Detection

The focused pickup pattern of the KLOVER MiK allows noises from specific points on equipment to be monitored and analyzed.  Brakes are just one example of noises that are easily captured.

Wheels of a truck

The KLOVER MiK 09 can be configured with virtually any electronics to create a set-up for your exact audio needs. The images below show common configurations.

A microphone must be installed in each KLOVER MiK, therefore the first step in configuring your system is the selection of a microphone. Any omnidirectional lapel (lavaliere) microphone can be used.

There are two common connector types for microphones, XLR and TRS: 

XLR (eXtra Low Resistance) microphones are nearly always used for broadcast applications. Professional cameras and recorders are likely to have the larger XLR microphone ports. Most microphones with XLR connectors will require a voltage be supplied to operate the internal components of the microphone. This is called “phantom power” and usually is in the range of 12 to 48 volts. Please confirm if your microphone requires “phantom power” and if your camera / recorder provides it before selecting a microphone.

The other common type of microphone connector is Tip Ring Sleeve (TRS).  This type of connector is used on consumer cameras and recorders. In most cases the tip of the connector will be 3.5mm (1/8 inch) diameter. This type of microphone often requires a small voltage be supplied to operate the internal components of the microphone. This is called “plug-in power” and usually is in the range of 5 volts or less. Please confirm if your microphone requires “plug-in power” and if your camera / recorder provides it before selecting a microphone.

Video Recording

Connecting KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone direct to ENG camera
Connecting KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone direct to DSLR camera
KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone wirelessly to ENG camera
KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone wireless to DSLR camera
KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone direct to Smart Device

One device that allows an XLR microphone to be connected to a smart device, and also monitor audio with headphones, is the iRig PRE from IK Multimedia.  Other products are available.

Audio Monitoring and/or Recording

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone direct to Audio Recorder

Samples of XLR audio recorders include: Zoom H4, Tascam DR-40, Tascam 60D.  Samples of 3.5mm audio recorders include: Zoom F1-LP, Zoom H1, and Tascam 05.  Other products are available.

Broadcasting

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone to broadcast equipment

Streaming

KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone wirelessly to PC
KLOVER MiK 09 parabolic microphone direct to PC

An example of a suitable pre-amp would be the Rolls MP13.  Other products are available.

Click on any image to download a PDF copy of the instruction sheet.

The KLOVER MiK 09 requires the use of an omni-directional lapel (lavaliere) microphone. 

Omni-directional microphones capture sound from a 360-degree pattern around the microphone.  This pickup pattern allows these microphones to capture the sound energy reflected from the outer edges of the parabolic dish. This sound energy may be ignored with a more directional pickup pattern. 

Each parabolic microphone has a specific focus point.   The microphone element must be placed at this focus point in order to provide the maximum performance from the unit.  The focus point of the KLOVER MiK 09 is 1 1/8″ behind (inside) the rear surface of the aluminum frame.  The square tab at the bottom of the dish can be used as a setup guide is it is 1 1/8″ wide.

Please refer to the video in the “Assembly Video” tab above, for a detailed explanation of the focusing process. 

Please see the dimensions in the “Specifications” section above.

Please find the product weight in the “Specifications” section above.

No.  We have designed all the Klover MiK products to take the abuse of everyday use.  

The only critical portion of the Klover MiK is the inside surface of the parabolic dish. 

We suggest transporting the Klover MiK 09 with the dish attached to the aluminum frame to reduce any chance of scratching the inside surface of the dish.  Using a case or carrying bag for additional protection when transporting our parabolic microphones is also suggested.

For general questions concerning our products or company, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequency Specific

25-Foot Performance Comparison

50-Foot Performance Comparison

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