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Inventor of K-Tek boom pole dies

Klemme was innovator in sound field

Manfred Klemme, audio technology pioneer and founder of K-Tek boom poles, died July 2 of multiple myeloma in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 71.

Klemme’s first product, the K-Tek boom pole, which holds a microphone above or to the side of a scene but remain out of the visual field, earned him a 1998 technical achievement honor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His inventions drew other kudos, including a 1999 Primetime Emmy and the Presidents Award from the Cinema Audio Society in February.

CAS prexy Edward Moskowitz said at the time, “Mr. K, as he is affectionately known, has spent decades involved in motion picture sound and the quality of sound we listen to in films today is a result of his years of dedication and his technical advances and designs.”

The native Canadian began his career working on Nagra recorders in Hollywood, eventually starting the M. Klemme Technology Corp., which made products for sound pros in the biz.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ora Lee, and three children.

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