(l-r) Troy Clair, general manager for Clair Brothers Audio Enterprises, and Håkan Gustafsson, Lab.gruppen product engineering manager, pause while unloading some of the 300 amps.New York (May 9, 2008)–ClairShowco has made a significant purchase of Lab.gruppen’s PLM series powered loudspeaker management systems, having ordered 300 PLM 10000Qs for touring use worldwide.
The units are the first fruit of a late 2006 licensing agreement with Dolby Lake that allows joint development of products incorporating Dolby Lake Processing and Lab.gruppen’s power amplification. The PLM 10000Qs were also aided in development with “the close cooperation of leading audio companies such as Clair Brothers,” according to Lab.gruppen.
“Clair Brothers has always been at the forefront of touring sound technology, and our decision to incorporate the PLM into our systems is no exception,” stated Troy Clair, general manager for Clair Brothers Audio Enterprises. “The PLM Series makes both business and technological sense for us. We’ve reduced our standard rack size by half, which reduces the floor space used near the stage and the truck space used during transport, both of which are at a premium. We’ve also significantly reduced the weight. And with the PLM’s integration of Dolby Lake processing we’ve eliminated the need for a traditional FOH drive rack as well. All this means it’s an excellent value move for us.”
The company is expected to expand upon that initial inventory at a later date, and will be piloting the units’ incorporation into Clair touring systems on upcoming Alicia Keys and Dream Theater tours, where they’ll be used on both the main full-range system and subwoofers, along with monitors and side fills.