Martin Audio will present its flagship product portfolio at this year’s ISE2013 at the RAI, which they will exhibit on stand 3-C128.
Although pride of place will go to the MLA Compact, which makes its ISE debut, the company will also display its OmniLine micro-array, which returns to the scene where it FIRST picked up a coveted innovation award five years ago.
However, all eyes will be on the MLA Compact. Aimed at a wider range of touring and installed sound applications than the original MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array), in a smaller and lighter version, the MLA Compact delivers the groundbreaking cellular technology to a wider range of applications that do not require the full power and throw of the full-size MLA, or where a smaller, lighter system is required.
Sharing the same sonic attributes of the flagship MLA the new system’s compact size (W: 788mm x H: 280mm x D: 500mm) belies its output capabilities. Scalable and versatile, the array design combines with fast, automated Display 2.1™ intelligent software to deliver a dramatically increased level of performance and coverage consistency. Bringing together the latest technologies in acoustic design, amplification, DSP and optimisation software, MLA Compact arrays can be remotely controlled from the supplied wireless tablet running the latest VU-NET™ control software (V1.2.0).
Already a major success in applications where a discreet solution is required (such as houses of worship), OmniLine delivers consistent audio coverage with unprecedented accuracy, using just one amplifier channel per array. By utilising a complement of unique, Martin Audio designed drivers, and mechanical alignment techniques, simple EQ and limiting is the only processing required.
An OmniLine module uses a line of five custom-designed dome tweeters, with a spacing of only 21mm between each element. The result is sidelobe-free vertical dispersion from the high frequency section. The “cones’ of the two custom-designed LF drivers are sculpted from a light, stiff material and follow the ideal contour of the HF horn walls. This provides constant horizontal directivity from low mid, up to extreme high frequencies.
Rather than applying DSP to a traditional column, OmniLine’s vertical beam-forming is achieved by physically articulating individual array modules to curve the array. The array configuration for a specific venue is determined by powerful, optimisation software.
Another popular addition to Martin Audio’s new generation portfolio is the DD6 — an ultra-versatile and compact, multi-angled enclosure based on Differential Dispersion™ horn technology aimed at the touring, AV and theatre segments.
The custom-designed Differential Dispersion horn yields a dispersion pattern which covers typical audience planes in the near- and mid-field in a much more consistent manner than a conventional X by Y degree horn.
To achieve this, the DD6 enclosure is loaded with a 90°-120° (H) x 60° (V) rotatable HF horn and direct-radiating 6.5′ bass/mid driver with neodymium magnet and high linearity mechanical and motor system. Tool-less horn orientation adjustment and clever cabinet design offer a choice of portrait, landscape, ceiling/surface mount and stage monitor deployment.
Finally, Martin Audio will show its new XD12 and XD15 for the touring and theatre sector, launched at PLASA last September. This sets out to define the ultimate in performance and versatility for fixed-dispersion, two-way loudspeaker systems.
The two XD models have been designed to deliver higher output levels and more extended frequency range than is normally associated with similarly-sized systems. Both models combine a full, rich sound and an accurate 80° x 50° dispersion pattern in a compact, multi-angle enclosure suited to a wide range of uses – from distributed sound reinforcement and portable AV events, to dancefloor and stage monitor use.