London, UK (July 11, 2012)—RG Jones Sound Engineering recently fielded a Martin Audio Multicellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system at four concerts held in conjunction with the Olympic Torch Relay.
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola has been staging special concerts at locations across the country featuring live performances from UK artists. These celebrations have coincided with the journey of the Olympic Flame as it travels around the country while also honoring 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, providing audio for such 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.
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—the company also fielded six Martin Audio W8LC outfills and a delay mast with eight W8LCs set back 393 feet.
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 center of the stage for the Olympic torchbearer.
“Having the subs in this configuration gave us greater width––and great projection,” summarized Carr. “I was also very surprised by the throw distance of the MLA itself—I simply didn't believe such a smooth sound was possible over that distance. We checked at 393 feet and 492 feet, and it maintained its body, detail and structure with no variation. 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.”