March 1, 2012 … Martin Audio is making its groundbreaking and award winning (*) Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array Technology available to a wider range of touring and installed sound applications, in a smaller and lighter version, with the release of the new MLA Compact.
The keenly anticipated system, formally launched over two days at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo this month, will make its world trade show debut at next month’s Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt.
In the short time since its introduction in 2010, MLA’s revolutionary technology has received multiple awards for innovation, and in so doing, rendered previous technologies obsolete or second-tier.
Incorporating the same principles that have made the MLA such a game-changer on the international touring circuit, MLA Compact delivers this cellular technology to a wider range of applications that do not require the full power and throw of the full-size MLA, or where a smaller, lighter system is required — such as medium-scale touring and fixed installations.
Stated Director of Sales, Simon Bull, “MLA Compact is our response to the market demand for a mid-size touring system that can double as an installation system, while retaining all the breakthrough benefits of the original MLA system. MLA Compact enables a much wider segment to buy into our game-changing Multi-cellular technology.”
Sharing the same sonic attributes of the flagship MLA the new system’s compact size (W: 788mm x H: 280mm x D: 500mm) belies its output capabilities — a 12-box array can easily deliver full rock SPL’s in a 5,000 seat venue, whilst a 24-box array will approach the output of many ‘full-size’ systems which have less efficient acoustic elements.
Scalable and versatile, MLA Compact is the ideal system for application in Concert Halls, Ballrooms, Theatres and Houses of Worship, and is the natural choice as a side-hang or front-fill companion to the full-size MLA.
Once again, MLA’s cellular array design combines with fast, automated Display 2.1™ intelligent software to deliver a dramatically increased level of performance and coverage consistency compared to conventional line array technology.
MLA Compact’s fully integrated system brings together the latest technologies in acoustic design, amplification, DSP and industry-leading optimisation software — with communications and control via an easy-to-use audio network. MLA Compact arrays can be remotely controlled from the supplied wireless tablet running VU-NET™ control software. Class D amplification, U-NET™ control network and DSP circuitry are integrated within each enclosure, simplifying system set-up and operation and eliminating long, heavy-gauge cable runs — a particular benefit in premium fixed installations. Reducing cable runs to just inches within the enclosure means that all the power produced by the amplifier goes directly to the speakers and is not dissipated in the cables.
With MLA Compact, external amplifier racks are dispensed with — saving valuable space both on tour and in fixed installations. From the outset, MLA Compact has been designed with the financial and environmental aspects of running a system in mind; use of maximum-efficiency acoustic and amplifier technologies reduce both the size and weight of the system, assisting transportation as well as reducing the mains or generator power needed to run the system.
System Architecture: Loudspeakers
Sonically, the 3-way MLA Compact delivers power, clarity and detail, with a peak output capability of 135dB LF, 135dB midrange and 135dB HF, per box at 1 metre. MLA Compact’s LF section utilises 2 × 10" (250mm)/2.5" (63mm) voice coil, neodymium drive units in a unique Hybrid® configuration. Each driver is slot-loaded into a truncated horn with a low flare rate, to give a high sensitivity of 103dB @>@>@>@ 1m/2.83V.
MLA Compact has completely separate, mid and HF horns with horizontal c