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Martin Audio Launches MLAâ„¢ Touring Sound System

–Most Intelligent Live Sound System Ever Constructed
Delivers Coverage & Consistency Not Possible From Traditional Line Arrays–

Waterloo, ONT––Martin Audio will debut its MLA Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array at InfoComm 2010 next month. Combining Martin Audio’s storied touring heritage with unique optimization software and a breakthrough cellular array design, MLA delivers coverage and consistency heretofore not possible with traditional touring line arrays.

Martin Audio R&D Director Jason Baird explains: “Our primary aim with MLA was to take the guesswork out of daily system design and enable the engineer’s mix to be delivered throughout an audience with a degree of precision, consistency and repeatability not possible with traditional line arrays. Based on the amazingly consistent results we experienced right from ‘switch on’ during the system’s recent German tour, we are even more convinced that MLA is a game-changing product.�

The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s

methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and powering capability.

Each 24-enclosure array has 144 cells––too great a number to optimize manually or by ear. Martin Audio’s proprietary Display 2.0 system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin’s VU-NET software provides real time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA features an exceptionally even frequency response and SPL over audience areas; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using less truck space, offering considerable savings and reducing its carbon footprint. The system also includes an MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented peak output of 150dB @ 1m, an MLD downfill cabinet and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components, MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000 festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

For more information about MLA, please stop by Demo Room N113 at the Las Vegas Convention Center where the system will be on display, or click to