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Klark Teknik

Klark Teknik is a company that designs and develops professional signal processing and audio equipment. Located in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, UK, the company was founded in 1974 by brothers Terence and Phillip Clarke.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Products 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

In 1971, the company was known as “Klark Equipment” and produced garage forecourt equipment; vending style vacuum cleaners, space heaters and other similar products.

Phillip was the entrepreneur having previously run a clothing business in Australia. Terry was the engineer; and had worked for Decca and was also an active local musician. With this background, the company soon branched into professional audio; at first upgrading /customising Decca multi-track tape recorders and later producing a very high quality ¼ inch 2-track tape machine of their own, the SM2. This tape machine was sold to the BBC and independent broadcasting companies under the brand name “Teknik”.

Terry also started to develop signal processing hardware including compressor/limiters and small graphic equalisers. These were produced in very low quantities and sold to (mostly local) recording studios to complement the relatively simple audio mixing console of the day. The graphic equalizers developed during 1973 onwards were called Teknik 7S and 9S, with seven and nine bands respectively, plus a stereo 11+11S with eleven bands of EQ.

In 1974 the brand name “Klark Teknik” came into being. 1976 saw the first KT product produced in real volume, the DN27 (later DN27A and previously DN27S). Approximately 6500 units shipped between 1977 and 1985.

In 1980 the company moved to its current purpose built premises at Walter Nash Road, Kidderminster. Up until this point the business had been run out of an old Nissen hut in a back corner of the Summerfield MOD solid fuel rocket motor factory with only 15 employees.

1985 Klark Teknik PLC was formed. In the following year Klark Teknik acquired the Hounslow based studio mixing company DDA and subsequently moved the manufacturing to Kidderminster. In 1986, Klark Teknik further diversified by developing active studio monitors under the brand “Klark Acoustic”.

1986 Klark Teknik received a Queen’s award for export . It also launched the DN772 a seven second profanity delay with innovative time re-setting technology without pitch shifting artefacts, which featured in the BBC programme “Tomorrow’s World”.

1987 saw Klark Teknik purchase Midas Audio Systems Ltd. In 1992, the Clarke brothers sold Klark Teknik Group to Mark IV Audio. Terry Clarke went on to set up MC2 Audio Ltd with co-founder Ian McCarthy in 1994, which produce high quality power amplifiers for the commercial market.

MK VI Audio sold both their holdings of EVI Audio (owners of Klark Teknik) and Telex Communications to venture capitalists Greenwich Street Partners in 1998 merging them into a single corporation Telex Communications. On September 1, 2006 Greenwich sold Telex Communications to Bosch.

In December 2009, Midas and Klark Teknik were acquired by Music Group, a holding company chaired by Uli Behringer, which also owns other audio companies such as Behringer and Bugera as well as Electronic Manufacturing Services company Eurotec.[1][2]

Products

Klark Teknik landmark products:

  • DN27 Graphic EQ (1976)
  • DN36 Stereo Analogue Time Processor (1977)
  • DN70 Digital Time Processor (1979)
  • DN60 the World’s first rackable spectrum analyser (1980)
  • DN700 the first high-quality digital delay line (1983)
  • DN360 the world’s favourite dual graphic EQ (1984)
  • DN780 digital reverb unit (1985)
  • DN1248 active mic splitter (2000)
  • DN9848 speaker processor (2000)
  • Square ONE range (2005)

References

  1. ^ "MUSIC Group - www.music-group.com". music-group.com. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Behringer's Music Group acquires Midas and Klark Teknik". pro-music-news.com. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 

External links

  • Midas Website
  • Klark Teknik
  • DDA Website
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