Roger Dennis, Systems Engineer, RMB Audio
Some describe it as magic, but in its simplest terms each MLA Compact array has up to 120 individual acoustic elements [cells], each with its own onboard amplifier and DSP, which can be optimised by software to deliver the sound across the audience to meet the sonic goals required for any space.
MLA technology is the only technology on the market to allow multiple sonic goals to be prioritised and optimised accordingly. For example, not only can MLA Compact generate an even sound field over the audience, it can contain it as well — significantly reducing the influence of the room.
Hard Avoid® areas ─ such as behind and below the array, ceilings, balcony edges and beyond the venue perimeter ─ can also be programmed in. Vertical coverage can even be fine-tuned electronically in-situ to cope with changing environmental conditions and last-minute changes in rigging height, without having to re-rig.
With incredibly easy-to-use and highly accurate predictive software [DISPLAY] doing all the grunt work with the system, the engineer retains full artistic control and can enjoy mixing the show in the full knowledge that the sound created at the mix position will be heard everywhere throughout the audience.
Such is the confidence that MLA Compact can bring, that significantly less time is spent setting up the system and less time is spent walking the room to verify results.
“DURING ONE PARTICULAR SCENE, SIX HIGHLY AMPLIFIED SINGERS ARE ELEVATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE CENTRE ARRAY WHICH MAINLY HANDLES VOCALS. THE AMAZING REDUCTION IN BACKSPILL OF THE MLA COMPACT MASTERS THESE CHALLENGES IN A VERY IMPRESSIVE WAY. THE OTHER ASPECT, OF COURSE, IS MLA’S OUTSTANDING TONAL QUALITY.”
Georg Hentschel, System Engineer, Starlight Express, Bochum’s Stadionring
“THE SOFTWARE WAS ALSO A MAJOR PLUS IN HELPING THE SYSTEM TECHS REFINE THE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE BASED ON TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY IN THE VENUE AS WELL AS CHANGING THE START AND STOP POINTS WITHOUT RE-HANGING BOXES. IT’S A VERY POWERFUL TOOL.”
Wayne Sowder, FOH Engineer