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W E Audio purchases first UK MLA Compact

With the sale of an MLA Compact system to Oxford-based W E Audio, Martin Audio has boosted its UK-based network of Multi-cellular Loudspeaker partners to four.

Oxford-based W E Audio has purchased the UK’s first MLA Compact system from distributor LMC Audio, increasing Martin Audio’s UK-based network of Multi-cellular Loudspeaker partners to four. Deciding it was time to retire the company’s existing front line system, W E Audio’s MD, Wayne Barker (pictured standing, right) cited MLA’s controllability as a key deciding factor: “We specialise in providing site public address and noise abatement – and so we needed a system that was musically versatile, with an output that belied its size, and would open up a lot of doors,” said Barker. “We believe that ownership of this system will enable us to undertake more contracts in the sector and become a benchmark for local authority work.” Specialising in this sector – and having seen MLA’s impact in controlling offsite noise pollution at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park ­– Barker knew that a system that had been sanctioned by both Westminster Council and noise measurement consultants Vanguardia would be noted by local authorities up and down the country. That event was also the first outing for W E Audio’s MLA Compact – sub-hired to Capital Sound for use as the rear delay sound towers. As for LMC Audio, they have been W E Audio’s ‘go to’ supplier for a number of years. “They have provided us with a lot of our kit from digital mixing desks to accessories. The support we receive is phenomenal – they are real deal-makers,” said Barker. LMC Audio MD Paul Hinkly (pictured, seated), added. “Transacting the complex quarter million pound deal was challenging – yet the real excitement is still to come, as we witness W E Audio’s deployment of MLA Compact’s unique capabilities across their portfolio of clients and applications.”