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R.I.P. Gene Clair

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Loud and Clear, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Loud and Clear

    Loud and Clear

    Jul 2, 2013
    Cincinnati, OH
    Pro Gear Manager, Loud and Clear, Inc.
    I know talkbass is basically a forum for amateur players and DIY engineers, speaker designers, etc., however the “big league” professional audio world lost an iconic pillar of its community and I think it bears mention.
    Gene Clair passed away yesterday, WAY too young.
    Again; probably not a known figure to the bulk of talkbass members, but those few TBer’s who were ever actually involved with the professional live music business no doubt will recognize Gene as the co-founder of Clair Brothers, arguably the premier live sound re-enforcement company in the history of the industry.
    A tremendous individual as well as a revered pioneer in live sound production, Gene will be sorely missed by not only his friends and family but also by the entire pro industry as well.

    Rest easy friend…

  2. For so long, the only monitor wedges I ever saw were Clair 12AMs. Kicka$$ boxes. Industry standard in pro audio for so long...

    RIP Gene Clair
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Sad. Those guys were great.
  4. Loud and Clear

    Loud and Clear

    Jul 2, 2013
    Cincinnati, OH
    Pro Gear Manager, Loud and Clear, Inc.
    Were great? :confused: :D

    Clair is absolutely still at the apex of the pro audio world. ;)
    A household name in the big leagues, just not very well known at the amateur level.
  5. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Clair Brothers Audio was the first sound reinforcement company I ever heard of, way back in the early-mid 70s.

    I remember when I worked at a very, very small audio manufacturer in the early 80s and CBA started buying some of our products, that was pretty exciting; it meant we made some really good stuff.