The Hive Partnership and its AV rental division, London Speaker Hire (LSH), have become the first investors in Martin Audio’s new MLA Mini ultra compact multi-cellular loudspeaker array. Having purchased four MLA Mini enclosures (plus MSX mini sub power plant) to cover each side of the stage, LSH debuted the system at Le Book, a two-day creative trade show at London’s County Hall, where two bands performed in the Rotunda in front of around 500 members of the creative industry worldwide.
Director Grant Turner said the acid test was when the sound engineer from Arthur Beatrice – Universal Music’s up-and-coming indie band – who had previously been specifying other front line systems on the rider, immediately requested a quote for MLA Mini. Two days later Athlete bassist, Carey Willetts presented his solo ‘Boxes’ project and management were quick to compliment the sound system, while The Video Geeks, who were supporting the gig, were so impressed with MLA Mini that they immediately asked to hire the system. “They loved the MLA Mini paired with the large modular video panel screen we supplied, and commented in particular on the amount of low end,” said Turner. “The system was only running at about 20%, which tells you a lot about its potential. Hive Partnership says it will be deploying the MLA Mini at “a number of high profile events and festivals” that the company will be covering next year – notably one of the stages at Glastonbury. www.martin-audio.com