A stalwart of the pro-audio world for 40 years, Terry Clarke co-founded Klark-Teknik in 1975 and, since the early 1990s, has been a pivotal force behind the development of MC2 and XTA.
Named in honour of the late designer and commentator Tony Gottelier, the Gottelier Awards recognises the product developers who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the tools that advance entertainment technology practice.
Receiving his prize during the 2011 PLASA Awards for Innovation, Clarke had opportunity to reflect on a career that reached its first apex with the co-founding of Klark Teknik, with his brother Phil, in 1975. During his time at KT, Terry designed several products that became industry standards in the touring and installation sectors, including the DN70 delay line, the DN27 and the DN360 Graphic EQs, and the DN780 digital reverb. In 1984 KT bought DDA and, a year later, Midas, going on to launch the popular XL2 and XL3 consoles before selling the company to Mark IV. In 1992 he founded XTA Electronics and launched amplifier manufacturer MC2 Audio in 1994, going on to design the well-regarded MC, T and E Series amplifiers.
The PLASA Awards for Innovation – which were presented during this year’s Earls Court gathering – also yielded honours, among others, for Harman HiQnet Performance manager and the Shure Axient Wireless Manager, the latter receiving Gold Award Status and a Sustainability Commendation for its rechargeable Lithium Ion battery management system.
“The seemingly boundless creativity of our industry never ceases to amaze, and this year’s hotly contested field reflects the worthiness of the winners,” said PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths.