Essex-based Event Sound & Light (ESL) has become the latest partner to join the Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array network after investing in a new MLA Compact System 24. The order was fulfilled by Martin Audio dealers, LMC Audio.
The company already had a long-standing relationship with Martin Audio’s lead product support engineer, Andy Davies. A product demo arranged by Martin Audio and LMC Audio at the Bedford Millennium Studios that convinced them of the sale.
“It was the ability to control the sound, in particular, that interested us, and at this demo we were completely blown away,” says ESL director Paul Galley. “MLA Compact fit our budget and when we looked at the cardioid design of the MLX subs, and hard avoid cancellation in the software, the decision became a no brainer.”
Initially, two demo rigs were provided – for a festival and a religious event. “The latter was in a hangar with extreme reverberation time, and since there was trading taking place on the periphery we had to taper off the sound so the traders could work.”
As a result of this ESL placed an order for 18 MLA Compact cells and six of the large MLX subs. At the same time they purchased four of Martin Audio’s DD12 Differential Dispersion enclosures for frontfills “which sounded as big as the line array in its own right,” according to Galley.
“The word is already out on the street that we have this system and the councils/clients are noticing that we are taking noise control seriously.
“Having MLA means we can now handle bigger events and get the system out on dry hire within the rental network. As for touring, with MLA appearing increasingly on riders, this will put us on the radar. We have 12 MLA certified engineers who are impressed with the ongoing support. It’s reassuring to see that as we have invested in Martin Audio, so they are returning the favour.”
As for LMC Audio, Will Hinkly supported ESL throughout, recommending MLA in the first instance and part-exchanging their old system to help fund the investment.