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RG Jones debuts MLA system at London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay events

RG Jones Sound Engineering has debuted their newly-acquired Martin Audio Multicellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system for London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay events, which were presented by Coca Cola.
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RG Jones Sound Engineering has debuted their newly-acquired Martin Audio Multicellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system for London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay events, which were presented by Coca Cola. As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Coca Cola has been staging special concerts at five locations across the country — featuring live performances from some of the UK’s top music artists. The celebrations have coincided with the journey of the Olympic Flame as it travels around the country as well as honouring the achievements of local Future Flames — inspirational teens selected by Coca Cola to become Olympic Torchbearers for London 2012. Under the project management of Steve Carr, RG Jones fielded PA hangs and control in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds, helping to enhance such headline acts as The Wanted, Friendly Fires, Eliza Doolittle, Dizzee Rascal and You Me At Six— and a special guest appearance by Emeli Sandé at two of the events. The company was working alongside a production company specialising in branded musical festivals — and technical director Ben Price of WNY, with whom they have collaborated on high profile events in the past. Carr confirmed that conveniently, the acquisition of their new MLA system had coincided with winning this contract. “It then became a no brainer to launch it on these shows,” he said. “With high profile bands appearing at each event, it was an opportunity to showcase it to a number of FOH engineers, all of whom wanted to experience this pioneering system … and we received great response back.” RG Jones fielded an identical main PA configuration at all four sites — with 14 elements of MLA each side of the stage. In Birmingham — where Sir Cliff Richard handed over the Olympic Torch to Kiran Sahota — they also fielded six Martin Audio W8LC outfills and a delay mast with eight W8LC’s set 120 metres back – highlighting the system’s ability to create a coherent soundfield that drops in level by only 3dB over long distances . RG Jones also fielded 14 MLX subs in broadside configuration along the stage apron, split into two pairs of seven to allow steps up the centre of the stage for the Olympic torch bearer. “Having the subs in this configuration gave us greater width — and great projection,” said Carr. “We were averaging around 98-100dB over 15 minutes — which delivered both the FOH engineers’ and audience expectations and provided us with the opportunity to put the system through its paces outside,” he said. www.martin-audio.comwww.rgjones.co.uk

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