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ARC-Productions First Belgian Company To Back MLA Platform

Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

Belgian pro audio and lighting specialists ARC-Productions have confirmed the purchase of 16-enclosure Martin Audio MLA Compact and Mini PA rigs, the first company in that country to do so.

Based near Ghent in Flanders, Marc De Baets’ sales and rental company has a long history with Martin Audio dating back to the purchase of a W8 Compact in 2001. He has subsequently invested in WT2, LE1200 and 1500s, WS 218X subs and W8LC.

“His complete speaker inventory has been made up of Martin Audio for many years,” confirms Steven Kemland of FACE, the manufacturer’s Belgian distributor, who serviced the recent order.

Marc De Baets had been operating under his own name before setting up ARC-Productions at the end of 2008 and had been in conversation with Kemland about the MLA from its inception. “The first time I heard the MLA was on the Summerfestival in Antwerp three ago,” he remembers. “I was particularly impressed with the MLX subs, not only the output but also the weight.

“The biggest advance of the MLA system is the even coverage, making it a great tool to counter undesired noise pollution, a very hot topic in Belgium. The compact size and weight, requiring less truck space, were other advantages.” Marc was also present at the MLA Compact European launch in London last year.

Steven Kemland takes up the story. “Marc first heard the MLA Mini in our demo room. The full MLA system is too big for a mid-range company but with MLA Compact and MLA Mini—supplemented by some DD6 and XD12 or DD12 cabinets—it is possible to manage any job between 100 and 10,000 capacity.”

De Baets had initially planned to buy only the MLA Mini version to run alongside his existing W8LC, but after considering the importance of the sound pollution problem in Belgium, he opted for a complete change and purchased 16 x MLA Mini and 16 x MLA Compact, with four MSX subs planned for next year. Meanwhile the system will be run with ARC-Productions’ WS218X subs.

Delivery is planned for the beginning of April, with system training in Belgium and the system will make its major debut at Leiepop Festival in early May before going on to do other festival work (as well as servicing ARC-Productions’ other busy work program).

Adds Steven Kemland, “Having conducted a lot of MLA demos, which have really got the market talking, it is important to have followed this up with our first system sale in Belgium. This investment is a big step up for ARC-Productions and gives them the opportunity for growth.”

In summary Marc De Baets promises this is just the start of his adventure into the world of MLA. “I really believe in this new technology,” he concludes.

Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Martin Audio Names Robin Dibble As Applications Engineer

Robin Dibble

To support the company’s consistent sales growth and further their credentials within the install space, Martin Audio has recruited the experienced Robin Dibble to the new position of Applications Engineer.

Dibble has a distinguished reputation within the industry having recently been the Head of Audio Engineering at RaceTech in London, and previously Project Engineer at Glantre Engineering in Reading. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society and an accredited technician in the Institute of Acoustics.

Martin Audio Sales Director, Simon Bull, said, “This appointment reflects the growth of the company and at the same time recognizes the need to bring in additional expertise to drive our installation business. With the launch of the new MLA Mini the timing couldn’t be better, and we are delighted to be able to recruit someone with Robin’s outstanding pedigree.”

Speaking of the opportunity, Dibble responded, “Martin Audio not only has a fantastic reputation and product portfolio but is also at the forefront of current professional loudspeaker development and technology. Couple that with their passion for providing the best possible sound in any given environment, and the opportunity to become part of that mission was too good to resist.

“While the MLA range is a real ‘game changer’, there are also some fantastic new products in the pipeline. I am looking forward to these, and working with our customers, both current and future.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Martin Audio OmniLine Upgrade At Most Holy Rosary Church

Brown Sound Equipment Company recently installed a Martin Audio OmniLine array in Syracuse’s historic Most Holy Rosary Church to upgrade the sound system and meet current standards for articulation and clarity.

Part of Most Holy Rosary Parish founded in 1913, the church dates back to the site’s original groundbreaking in 1927 through over 60 years of growth and expansion resulting in today’s remarkable construction that is central to the Catholic community in Syracuse.

Asked about the installation, Brown Sound President Jim Messinger begins by acknowledging that, “Having been in this business for over 45 years, it’s most satisfying when a customer repeats with you as in this installation at Most Holy Rosary Church; and that the technologies we now have at our disposal really do make a tremendous difference in outcomes.

“The Martin Audio OmniLine replaces a huge custom central cluster point source system we designed in 1991. The reverb time was the same then as it is now, approaching 4 seconds. These clusters with large long throw horns were the only ‘tools’ we had at the time to minimize splashing sound all over the place and still throw the energy 135’ to the last pew. Unfortunately, the cluster was large, ugly, black, and a visual distraction in front of that beautiful artwork above the altar. It also was a major challenge to install given the height, 53 feet to the peak of the Church. Everything had to be installed with a system of winches above the dome.”

Messinger recalls the OmniLine solution came down to “a matter of timing. I’d played with the idea of column type line arrays, but the church didn’t want the system to visually intrude on the altar and worship area. After a Martin Audio sales rep recommended OmniLIne, we did a demo at the church with a single module and it sounded very good; even in a big empty space.”

The installation is built around a 16-enclosure OmniLine array so compact, it is barely visible in the dome above the altar. A Mackie DL1608 iPad-controlled mixer replaces a “cumbersome” analog console for the music ministry microphones.

Messinger reports that Martin Audio’s array guide software made “assembly of the modules in this array extremely easy. The mechanics of the assembly are also well thought out and engineered. The coverage also allowed us to eliminate all of the original sidefill delay speakers.”

Summing up, Jim adds, “The bottom line is always comes down to ‘how does it sound?’ I attended a service when the pews were approximately 65% filled. Even after 45 years of listening to results, I was honestly impressed at how good, how articulate, and how natural the Martin Audio OmniLine sounded in this space. I’ve been in the business a long time and frankly I wasn’t expecting to be this impressed.

“The Director of Music mentioned that his choir members are very impressed with the system, they hear everything a lot better because there’s been so much of an improvement in articulation and clarity.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Historic Lyric Theater Upgraded With Martin Audio

Miami, FL––Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater quickly became a popular entertainment center for African-Americans in Miami. It grew to be the anchor of “Little Broadway” in Overtown, eventually featuring artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Mary Wells and others.

After closing in the 70s, the Lyric was purchased by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. Since then, the venerable theater has undergone three major restorations and upgrades, culminating in a grand opening for the fully refurbished performance complex in early February.

Miami’s Drummer Boy Sound Productions did the consulting and design for the Lyric’s new audio and video systems. Asked why he chose Martin Audio for the upgrade, owner Harold Cummings responded, “My client Tim Barber, managing director of the Black Archives, had heard a Martin Audio system at one of my events and was impressed.

“The client wanted a high quality sound system that could be used for national R&B and Gospel acts and theater production events, that would properly cover the venue, and be accepted by touring engineers,” adds Harold.

“A line array wasn’t the right answer because the Lyric is a small 400-seater with a balcony and the sound would have been all over the place. Plus we needed a stereo-imaged room because the space also doubles as a movie theater.

“The Martin Audio W3P was the only speaker that made sense since it’s a compact 3-way trapezoid system with a tight pattern and 65º horizontal dispersion, which was key to this job,” Harold explains. “There weren’t that many speakers on the market with that type of dispersion, sound quality and high output capability in one package.”

Cummings’ system design includes four W3Ps flown from the proscenium wall, (one firing at the balcony and one at the main theater floor on each side) two Martin Audio AQ5s for stereo under balcony, two AQ5s for stereo front fill, and two WS218SX subs fitted into custom openings inside the stage. There are also Martin Audio LE1200s as stage monitors.

Other system components include an Allen & Heath iLive T112 console with iDR48 rack, Ashly Protea processor, Shure mics, a Whirlwind split snake system and cables.

Asked about the reaction to the audio system’s debut at a grand opening event called “Lyric Live” (an amateur hour contest for singers, bands and comedians from all over South Florida), Harold said, “Everyone thought the system sounded amazing and the coverage was incredible. You could hear perfectly in every single seat. We had more than enough headroom and plenty of low end, something that’s very important to me. With Martin Audio, I feel confident that no matter what kind of act comes in here, we have it covered.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Delicate and Martin Audio MLA Team Up For Maroon Five

Las Vegas, NV––For the second year in a row, Delicate Productions supported Maroon Five with a Martin Audio MLA system for two celebratory New Year’s Eve shows at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Event Center, a modern 12,000-seat venue, “is fortunately one of the better sounding casino rooms,” according to Jim Ebdon, FOH Engineer for Maroon Five.

“In these venues it’s all about the coverage,” Jim explains, “and what’s great about the MLA system is that it covers so well. It’s a smaller box and very versatile. We work with Delicate a lot and I trust them, so I leave it up to (President of Delicate Productions) Jason Alt and FOH Tech Makoto Araki to set up.

“They do a great job shooting the room, making the analysis and figuring out how many boxes they’re going to need and how the side hangs should be configured depending on the amount of tickets we’ve sold. Maroon Five usually sell out these shows, so the hangs tend to go right round the sides of the stage in a 270 configuration. And with MLA, we’re able to control the sound well to avoid reflections.”

The setup for these shows consisted of 11 Martin Audio MLA, one MLD (downfill) and 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 MLX subwoofers, plus 6 W8LMD and four WT2s for side fills. In addition to Alt and Araki, the Delicate crew included Craig Robinson (Monitor Tech) and Russ Cunningham (Stage Tech).

Asked how the system sounded, Ebdon said, “MLA is a very flat system, it doesn’t color the sound in any way, which is great. And I find it to be very accurate as well; the high frequencies are smooth and extremely easy to listen to. Going down the frequency range, there’s a very seamless transition into the subwoofer. With many systems, you hear the main flown PA and then the sub, it sounds like two separate sound sources. Not with MLA. It’s a real full-range sound system.

“We travel a lot and I’m lucky enough to plug into all kinds of sound systems these days. When it comes to MLA, I don’t even need to get into what kind of drivers or amps Martin Audio uses because it sounds good, and that’s all that matters.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

CAD Audio Unveils Equitek E19 Miniature Earworn Mic

Solon, OH––The Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature earworn microphone combines industry-leading performance with upgraded features and sonic excellence.

Its miniature ergonomic profile, comfortable behind-the-ear design, and field-replaceable cable have been updated for ease of use, comfort and stability to meet and exceed the industry’s newest standards.

The E19 provides maximum intelligibility with natural, accurate reproduction for the most demanding broadcast, house of worship and live performance applications.

Currently available for CAD Audio Wireless with a TA4F-type connector, the E19 will soon be equipped with replacement cables that include TA3F, HRS and locking mini type connectors.

E19 MSRP: $279

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Fishman Appoints Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager

Andover, MA––Fishman is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager.

In this capacity, Wilson’s primary role will be the development of strategies to increase sales in each of Fishman’s current export markets while seeking new business opportunities for the company.

Iain will also be managing the existing distribution network, carrying out a SWOT analysis of the distribution companies and their respective markets, and looking at constructive and effective ways to increase sales in each region.

In addition, Wilson will oversee Fishman’s international clinic tours, workshops, sponsorships and other marketing events with the help of Fishman demo artist and clinician Steve Fairclough. He will also work with distributors in each market to maximize exposure in consumer and trade publications.

Iain Wilson has been in the music industry for the past 20 years and has gained vast international experience with companies such as Lowden Guitars, Breedlove, G7th capos etc. He has also worked for Fishman in various International Sales roles since March 2003. For the last 6 years he has spearheaded Fishman’s OEM business in Asia and is now returning to the role where he began 10 years ago, taking care of International Retail Sales.

“It’s great to combine my knowledge of guitar brands, markets and international sales. I’m looking forward to driving Fishman’s international business again and with the release of new electric guitar products, there’s a lot of work to be done,” says Wilson.

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

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Martin Audio MLA’s Winning Role At National Television Awards

Britain’s 19th National TV Awards were held recently at London’s O2, where a Martin Audio MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system was used to provide superior sound intelligibility for the first time.

The event, initiated in 1995 and moved to the O2 in 2010, featured Dermot O’Leary host and celebrated the most popular TV shows of the past year.

Stewart Chaney’s London-based Plus 4 Audio handled the audio in the venue, specifying the MLA for the main system. The company decided to try a different approach with the array design after talking through the system capabilities with Martin Audio Application Support specialist, Andy Davies.

“Key to the design was finding a system that could deliver consistent audience coverage while dramatically reducing the on-stage sound,” said Davies. “With most of the acceptance speeches given from an open lectern position gain before feedback was critical to the live sound mix.”

MLA easily achieved this, even allowing system tech Mark Edwards to reduce reflections from the glass-fronted VIP sections through the advanced optimization software.

The Plus 4 team fielded 22 x MLA enclosures and two MLD Downfill cabinets for the main system, with infill and outfill duties handled by their existing cabinet stock.

Using a self-powered cabinet meant the unobtrusive MLA distro racks could be concealed in the roof of the O2, dramatically cutting down cable and mains distribution requirements.

“The MLA really proved itself to us on the very first challenging show we had used it on,” stated Plus 4 Audio’s senior engineer, Mark Ballard. “We pride ourselves on achieving excellent sound quality in difficult situations and this year’s NTA show was a great result for us.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Fishman Releases TriplePlay® Software 1.2 Update

Andover, MA––Fishman has announced that TriplePlay Software version 1.2 is now available with numerous enhancements, new features and improvements in terms of compatibility. Always seeking to improve the user experience and performance, this is Fishman’s second major update since the product’s successful launch in April 2013.

The most notable new feature is that TriplePlay is now Pro Tools® AAX compatible. TriplePlay can now be inserted as a plugin in Pro Tools® 11 for Mac-based systems

The v1.2 release also features an enhancement for GarageBand®. Users will now be able to record and play back multiple MIDI channels in a GarageBand® session.

Fishman has also improved the plugin scanning so that upon first launch, 64-Bit TriplePlay now warns you that factory and user patches containing 32-bit plugins are not compatible with 64-Bit mode. Patches that are not compatible with 64-bit systems will now appear in the factory patch list in red.

Fishman’s Development Team went even further to address numerous requests from current TriplePlay users and add major improvements for enhanced performance.

For more information about Fishman TriplePlay, please click to www.fishman.com.

CAD Audio Expands Acousti-Shield Line With New AS22 & AS16

AS22 Inside View

Solon, OH––CAD Audio has added the new AS22 and AS16 to its growing line of Acousti-shield stand mounted acoustic enclosures.

The Acousti-shield 22 is a foldable stand mounted acoustic enclosure that provides added portability to the Acousti-shield line. Constructed of 16 gauge perforated stainless steel shield mated to 53mm high-density micro cell acoustic foam, it enables a mobile dry recording environment to be created for custom vocal and miking situations at home and on the road.

AS22 Outside View

The AS22 reduces unwanted reflections and echo flutter while attenuating unwanted environmental acoustic interference. Its flexible design and supplied mounting hardware allows exceptional mic positioning flexibility and portability.

The AS16 Acousti-shield offers similar results for instrument recordings or on stage isolation. It combines durable construction and high-density micro cell acoustic foam to facilitate an isolated recording environment.

A special design enables the AS16 to be used with a range of microphones from pencil condensers to most popular dynamic instrument mics for easy placement in studios or on stage.

Like their popular predecessor, the Acousti-shield AS32, the new AS22 and AS16 are essential tools and vital accessories or musician in home and project recording and live performance situations.

MSRP for AS16: $99, AS22: $129

For more information about CAD Audio, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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