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‘The celebration of the importance of sound and audio’: L-Acoustics’ Christian Heil granted the 2019 Gottelier Award

The last time the award was granted to a sound professional was in 2012 to John Meyer of Meyer Sound

The L-Acoustics team accepting Heil’s award in his absence

At this year’s PLASA Show at London Olympia, which came to a close yesterday, L-Acoustics founder Dr Christian Heil was announced as the winner of the 2019 Gottelier Award.

The prestigious annual award is named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned lighting designer and industry commentator who sadly passed away in 2006. It recognises product developers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.

Heil founded L-Acoustics in 1984, and the introduction of the V-DOSC line array system in the mid-1990s resulted in an undeniable shift in the live sound market, and line array systems essentially took over the sector.

Heil and L-Acoustics didn’t stop there, but continued to refine the line array concept over the years: the KIVA ultra-compact system came to market in 2008; the K1 system – seen as the long-awaited successor to the V-DOSC – debuted in 2009; the KARA modular line source system followed in 2010; and the K2 system in 2014. More recently, L-ISA’s comprehensive multichannel audio architecture has successfully brought immersive audio to live performances globally.

On receiving the award, Heil commented: “I am very proud to receive the Gottelier award, both as an individual but also on behalf of the whole L-Acoustics team who have accompanied me for 35 years now. I am especially happy that this award is given to someone that represents and contributes to the evolution of the sound industry. To my knowledge, the last time the Gottelier was awarded to a fellow sound luminary was in 2012 to John Meyer, and it has a particular meaning to me and the whole music industry as it represents the celebration of the importance of sound and audio to the live performance industry.”

We spoke to the illustrious Heil ourselves at the end of last year, as he gave us in-depth insight into the science of live sound. You can read it here.