(l-r): Simon Bull (Martin Audio), with John Carroll, Andrew Williamson and Steve Carr (RG Jones)
New York (April 16, 2012)—RG Jones Sound Engineering Ltd has purchased Martin Audio’s active Multi-cellular Loudspeaker (MLA) Array.
The complement of 24 fully-integrated MLA top boxes and 12 MLX subs, with six dedicated amplifier and DSP channels per enclosure, will make their debut on a series of shows at the end of April and beginning of May.
The company’s experienced sound engineer Simon Honywill put MLA through its paces on Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds tour, Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular and on shows with Katherine Jenkins in Ireland during evaluation and said, “We’ve made a massive leap forward with the MLA … the results are remarkable.”
RG Jones’ joint managing director, John Carroll, said the company had been looking for a large format system and MLA came along at the right time. ”We felt committed to buying when we could see a demand for it over the first year.” MLA is again confirmed for the next War of the Worlds arena tour, starting in November 2012.
Added RG Jones Project manager, Steve Carr; “We have been involved with Martin Audio for many years. MLA is one of the most exciting developments that has happened for a long time, so it’s a great opportunity to broaden our client base. With the systems that have already been sold to the US, it was inevitable that it would start to appear on riders.”
A further advantage is that as a consolidated Martin Audio house, RG Jones’ existing W8LC Compact Line Array will work in harmony with MLA should delays or outfills be required on a large-scale show.
Summarizing, Martin Audio’s Director of Sales Simon Bull said, “RG Jones has been one of our most loyal customers over the years, and our presence on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival has been entirely due to them. We are delighted that they have decided to make this investment and we will be looking to support them every step of the way.”