Martin Luther (ML) Procise III, veteran live sound engineer and executive director of touring for Clair Global, died on 5 March 2015 at the age of 62.
Procise's pro-audio career began in the early days of Showco, and spanned more than four decades and 4,500 shows. Over the years he earned a reputation as not only an innovator, but also a dedicated mentor who introduced many of today’s top engineers to the touring industry as young protégés.
He served as a live engineer for a variety of superstar artists, such as Genesis, The Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Guns 'N' Roses, Green Day, Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden. He also worked as senior VP of sales for Showco, prior to the company’s acquisition by Clair in 2000.
His work was recognised by his peers as well – Procise was the recipient of numerous industry awards, including multiple Engineer of the Year and Sound Reinforcement Man of the Year nominations, and was also inducted into the Tour Link Hall of Fame. He was extremely proud of his work through Don & Carolyn Davis' annual Sound Reinforcement workshops from its inaugural years, and in his Audio Engineering Society membership.
“Every industry has its legends, and ML was truly one of our own,” said Troy Clair, President and CEO of Clair Global. “He will certainly be missed by the numerous sound engineers, techs, production and artist managers who were privileged to have known and worked with him, be it on the road or in the studio. On a personal level, our relationship evolved over the years from competitors to colleagues to friends. On behalf of all of us at Clair Global, our thoughts are with ML’s family.”
He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Debby, and is survived by children Raleigh, Luke, Parker, and Evan.