Martin Audio MLA Mini Pioneers New Ultra-Compact Format

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Due to its ultra-compact footprint, light weight and radical design, Martin Audio’s new MLA Mini will be able to share the award-winning and revolutionary MLA technology across a far wider range of smaller-scale portable and installed sound applications requiring the ultimate in fidelity, consistency and control.

Scalable and versatile, MLA Mini’s ultra-compact size understates its output capabilities. A 12-box array can deliver live music in venues of 750-1000 people.

The MSX mini-sub power plant complements the main system and houses the amplification, networking and DSP necessary to power and control itself and four MLA Mini enclosures.

The system can be flown, ground-stacked or pole mounted. In its simplest configuration, four MLA Minis can be pole-mounted above the MSX with precisely adjustable tilt angle, and function as a plug-and-play system, with the user recalling onboard presets instead of using computer control. At the other end of the scale, up to 16 MLA Minis can be flown in an array and powered by four ground-stacked MSX’s.

With each individual cell under software control, ‘hard-avoid’ areas can also be programmed in to reduce sound spill and noise pollution, and vertical coverage can be fine-tuned electronically in-situ without the need to re-rig the array.

Arrays and MSX’s can be remotely controlled from a laptop or wireless tablet running VU-NET™ control software thus eliminating the time and frustration of trial and error tuning.

Each MLA Mini enclosure houses 2 x 6.5”/2” voice coil LF drivers and a vertical column of 3 x 1.4” aluminium dome HF drivers on a 100° horizontal dispersion horn. The 15” reflex loaded MSX can be integrated into flown arrays or ground-stacked separately.

MSX also contains nine channels of Class D amplification to provide cellular drive while the onboard DSP interacts with proprietary DISPLAY2.1™ intelligent software for accurate array optimization.

Applications include small-to-medium scale theater and live music venues; corporate AV events; fixed installations in concert halls, ballrooms and HOW and side-fill for MLA Compact systems.

Asked about MLA Mini, Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp said, “We are excited to have this latest addition to the cellular drive family of products. With the Mini’s versatile ultra-compact format, integrators will find it very useful in venues up to 1000 seats and a wide variety of installed sound applications.”

Martin Audio Managing Director Anthony Taylor added, “In addition to the physical advantages, MLA's revolutionary technology now becomes accessible to most budgets for the first time. In theory, every installed venue or touring show can now achieve the controlled delivery and speed of set up that cellular technology allows, no matter how big or small the space is.”

The new system is expected to start shipping end of May 2013.

For more about MLA Mini and other Martin Audio installation products, please click to www.martin-audio.com