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Martin Audio MLA Mini Steers a Different Path
Due to its ultra-compact footprint, light weight and some radical design inspiration, Martin Audio’s new MLA Mini — which celebrated its world premier at this month’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt — 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 will throw 35 metres (115ft) and deliver live music in venues of 750-1000 people.
“When we first pioneered the revolutionary MLA technology back in 2009, we always hoped that one day we would be able to make it available to mass market on a reduced footprint and without compromise,” said director of sales, Simon Bull. “Due to some inspired invention from our engineering team it’s a case of mission accomplished.”
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 key that unlocks the power of MLA Mini is the MSX mini-sub power plant, which 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.
Each MLA Mini enclosure houses 2 x 6.5” (165mm)/2” (50mm) voice coil LF drivers and a vertical column of 3 x 1.4” (35mm) aluminium dome HF drivers on a 100° horizontal dispersion horn. The 15” (380mm) 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 optimisation.
With each individual cell under software control, ‘hard-avoid’ areas can also be programmed in to reduce sound spill, 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 trial and error tuning.
Applications include small-to-medium scale theatre and live music venues; corporate AV events; fixed installations in concert halls, ballrooms and HoW; side-fill for MLA Compact systems.
The new system is expected to start shipping at the end of May 2013.
17th April 2013
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