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Martin Audio’s largest Compact debuts in France

Franck Sono is France’s first MLA Compact customer, deploying the largest rig to date for a six-hour marathon concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

The largest MLA Compact rig to date made its debut at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (POPB) for a French Caribbean festival including Admiral T, Kreyol La and Akiyo.
Nemours-based events specialist Franck Sono is the first French customer for Martin Audio’s new MLA Compact System. At the arena, Franck Sono rigged 24 MLA Compact elements per side as the main array, with 24 DSX subs, designed in a broadside progressive array across the front. An additional eight W8LC and eight W8LM provided outfills while 12 of Martin Audio’s LE1500S floor monitors provided the artistes with their reference sound on stage. Martin Audio’s Nigel Meddemmen, who provided on-site support, commented: “Since the objective was to provide coverage without delays we simply doubled the size of the rig. It was the first time in the world that we have flown 24-box MLA Compact hangs and it sounded superb — the coverage was excellent. Everyone was really impressed that so much sound was coming from these tiny enclosures.” Bruno Dabard, technical director of Audia/Algam (Martin Audio’s distributor in France), added: “Using just the optimisation process we were able to achieve very smooth coverage of the system across the 90 metre throw distance, and up to the back rows, 18 metres high, where the presence of the sound was just as obvious. This included the left and right top of the bleachers where the delay systems are generally set up. “In fact this was probably the smallest cabinet format ever used for a concert in the Bercy arena.”