Martin Luther (“ML”) Procise III, legendary live engineer and executive cirector of touring for Clair Global, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Dallas on March 5, 2015 at the age of 62.
Procise was a fixture in the live sound reinforcement industry, beginning his work in the early days of Showco and enjoying a career that spanned more than four decades and 4,500 shows. He rightly 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.
ML served as a live engineer for a roster of superstar artists that included 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.
Procise often referred to himself as a “lifelong student of audio,” and was defined by being completely prepared for any mix challenge, for innovation, and for perfecting a stadium/arena sound that has become an industry standard.
ML’s work was recognized by his peers as well. He was the recipient of numerous industry awards, including multiple "Engineer of the Year" and “Sound Reinforcement Man of the Year” nominations, as well as an induction into the Tour Link Hall of Fame. He was also extremely proud of his work through Don & Carolyn Davis's yearly Sound Reinforcement workshops from its inaugural years, and in his membership in the Audio Engineering Society.
“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.