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Martin Audio eyes wider market with MLA Compact

Smaller system takes Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array into venues and fixed installations By Dave Robinson

MARTIN AUDIO formally launched its new MLA Compact system over two days at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo in February. Following the success of the Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (900 enclosures sold since the May 2010 Antwerp launch), the arrival of MLA Compact brings the technology to a wider range of applications and budgets, particularly the fixed installation and mid-sized touring markets. Martin Audio – which has just celebrated 40 years of business – invited around 200 MLA users and potential customers to the famous London venue for a full demo of the system, which has been 14 months in the planning. Managing director Anthony

Taylor introduced the event, revealing that the Martin Audio engineering team had declared it “the best product they had ever designed”.

UNITED KINGDOM The world’s a stage for DiGiCo

THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company has added to its SD series inventory by opting for an SD9 console to be used on its touring shows and West End transfers. The new mixer is in addition to the SD7 installed at the Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. “We have a long relationship with DiGiCo and needed a console to transfer shows that

currently exist on an SD7, but would be playing in smaller venues,” said Jeremy Dunn, head of sound at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. “We looked at all the usual comparable desks, but the audio team were very keen to stick with DiGiCo software and their way of working.” “One of the great features is the MADI I/O. This means we

can connect a laptop directly to the SD9, via an RME MADI card, to run all our sound effects using one cable,” he adds. The SD9’s first use is on a

tour of The Taming of the Shrew, which is currently touring the UK. It will also work with an SD7 (supplied by Autograph) at the RSC’s 2012 Roundhouse Season in London.

The RSC’s Steve Atkinson with the Swan Theatre’s SD9

Jason Baird talks technology at the MLA Compact launch

system: speakers, amplification, DSP and optimisation software. Class D amplification, Loud Technology’s proprietary U-NET control network and DSP circuitry are integrated within each enclosure. MLA Compact arrays can be remotely controlled from the supplied wireless tablet running VU-NET control software. “Why do we need another

networking technology? We’ve found that Loud’s U-NET is the fastest at detecting and locating all the boxes in a system,” Baird told the audience. Director of sales Simon Bull

Sharing the same sonic

attributes of the flagship MLA, the new system’s compact size (W: 788mm x H: 280mm x D: 500mm) packs a punch: a 12-box array is sufficient for a 5,000-seat venue, claims the company, while a 24-box array “will approach the output of many ‘full-size’ systems which have less efficient acoustic elements”. “This is a more affordable system,” Taylor confirmed to

PSNEurope. “We really see it as a 50% installation, 50% touring system too.” Head of engineering Jason

Baird led the technical presentation of MLA Compact, highlighting significant uses of the parent system at festivals, high-profile TV events and venues with an awkward acoustic (pointedly, the Royal Albert Hall). Baird stated that MLA Compact will be supplied to users as a fully integrated

invited guests to experience extreme examples of the new system in action – for instance, in a ‘hard avoid’ mode, sound on the balcony of the Apollo was reduced by a significant dB SPL level while a ‘concert performance’ level was retained in the stalls.

MLA Compact makes its

world trade show debut at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt this month.


Bread Street, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest restaurant, has opted for ZX3 loudspeakers from Electro- Voice as the centrepiece of its sound distribution system. The install comprised 20 ZX3 two- way loudspeakers powered by three CPS8.5 Class D amplifiers equipped with RCM-810 remote-control modules. The system control and sound processing is provided by a NetMax N8000 digital matrix controller. CGAIntegration was responsible for system design and installation.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012 is co- sponsored by Avid, Biamp Systems, Harman, Lab X Technologies, Meyer Sound and Riedel Communications – all of whom have AVB-capable devices on the market . The six pro-audio companies will be joined by AVB switch manufacturer Extreme Networks. The applications- based event will provide details on how AVB technology can simplify system design and maintenance. The event will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas on 12 June to be coincident with the InfoComm 2012 tradeshow. www.AVBnetworking

Electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre has launched AeroSystem One, a new audio docking system. “The idea came around five or six years ago when the partner in charge of the company approached me to see if I would be interested in devising and designing a range of audio products,” said Jarre. “As a musician, as an artist, being – among everyone else – a victim of the crisis of the music industry, I instantly saw something interesting in the fact that an artist could be involved, and should be involved, in the way people are consuming and getting music.

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