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Martin Audio MLA installed at Norwich’s Epic Studios

The procurement of Martin Audio’s flagship system followed a push by management to establish the venue as the most technologically-advanced in East Anglia

Epic Studios, a TV and entertainment centre in Norwich, has implemented a £250,000 permanent installation of Martin Audio’s MLA PA system.

The procurement of Martin Audio’s flagship system followed a push by management to establish the venue as the most technologically-advanced in East Anglia.

Matt Rabong, technical manager at Epic, commented: “We ultimately chose MLA for its sound quality, particularly the punchy subs and it’s ‘Hard Avoid’ feature, which allows us to steer the sound away from our roof where the most leakage is, as well as our back wall which houses our production gallery.”

The studio’s previous PA had also been a Martin Audio system, comprising Wavefront W8C and WSX subs as well as F12s as stage monitors. “I was very happy to stick with Martin Audio as I trusted the brand to deliver great sound quality,” he continued. 

The new system comprises 12 MLA Compacts (six elements per L/R hang), eight DSX subs, five CDD-LIVE 15s plus a CSX-LIVE 118 sub, and eight LE200 wedge monitors. Epic also invested in upgraded digital mixing desks for FOH and monitors.

The rig was supplied and installed by locally-based Saturn Audio Visual, while Martin Audio’s product support engineer, Ben Tucker, assisted with the install and staff training.

The facility will now be used by third parties as well, and is fully customisable for events of all kinds, including television programmes, sporting events, arena gigs and intimate shows. 

Rabong also said they will be holding MLA training for local sound engineers to get hands-on experience and hear it in action.

Owner and director of the studio, Jonathon Thursby, concluded: “We are now following through ambitions of increasing capacity and installing state-of-the-art facilities to cement our reputation as a world-class small arena and the best in East Anglia, offering the ultimate experience for both the audience and performing artists alike.”

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