UK: For the third year in a row, a notable figure from the world of pro-audio has picked up the Gottelier Award, writes David Davies. From a field of nine nominees drawn from the audio and lighting sectors, Midas/Klark Teknik head of design Alex Cooper was the recipient of the 2009 Gottelier Award.
Established in memory of late designer and commentator Tony Gottelier, the award - which is the subject of an industry-wide online vote - recognises product developers who have helped to push the boundaries of event production, presentation and installation technology. In its first year, 2007, it was won by Funktion One's Tony Andrews, while DiGiCo's John Stadius collected the trophy in 2008.
This year's recipient, Alex Cooper (pictured here receiving his award from PLASA chairman Rob Lingfield), began his association with Klark Teknik in 1979. By the early '80s he had become head of the test department, and from thereon his contribution to both KT and Midas products grew evermore extensive. He designed the XL4 live sound mixing console and has also designed or had input into countless other products, including the Heritage 3000 and Verona consoles, the XL8 sound and control surface, and the Klark Teknik Square ONE Dynamic processor.
"It's a great honour to receive this award recognising my efforts at Klark Teknik and Midas over the years, and my thanks go out to everyone who voted for me," said Cooper. "The audio industry is continually changing and I'd like to think I'll be pushing its boundaries for many years to come. I continue to believe that sound matters above all else, and Midas has always had a very distinctive sound, which breathes life, openness and character into sources. However, we move forward with future product development, we will never compromise on that."
The award was presented during PLASA09, which also witnessed a number of new product developments from the Midas/KT family. In addition to marking the tenth anniversary of the Heritage 3000, the group introduced a new software upgrade for the XL8 (1.11) and announced new agreements with specialist third party developer companies AuviTran and ZP Engineering to make its SuperMAC and HyperMAC networking/transportation technologies available to the industry on a royalty-free basis via SDKs for use with Xilinx Spartan-3E and -3S series field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
KT/Midas also revealed that it has joined forces with AuviTran, ZP Engineering and Lynx Studio Technology to form the AES50 Trade Association with the aim of promoting the further adoption of the AES50 protocol.