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Capital Sound opts for ‘powerful’ Martin Audio’s MLAs for Hungary music festivals

Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeakers featured in Capital Sound’s main stage set-up at two festivals in Hungary this summer.

More than 100,000 people attended Volt, a five-day festival with headline acts including Linkin Park, Ellie Goulding and Paramore.

Capital Sound was also contracted to provide audio on the shores of Lake Balaton for beach party Balaton Sound the weekend after. The sound company sent crew chief Kevin Smith to supervise both shows, along with system sound tech Luke Murphy.

Murphy said: “The MLX subs can really handle a lot of power, and everyone was impressed with how far they could push it. Linkin Park’s engineer was running at 106dB and there was still available room to turn it up.”

At Volt Festival, the main PA consisted of an MLA PA (18 per side, including an MLD Downfill), with 36 MLX subwoofers in a cardioid broadside setup. Outhangs consisted of eight MLA (stage left) and five MLA (stage right). Delays comprised two masts, each with six Martin Audio W8LC line arrays, with a further 12 W8LC as front fills.

At Balaton Sound, the PA design consisted of 15 x MLA (and a single MLD) per side, with 36 MLX subwoofers, eight MLA per side as outfills and six W8LC line array elements per side. Front fills were again composed of 12 W8LC cabinets.

For the most part Capital followed a proven formula, although at Balaton this year they changed the arcing on the subs to obtain more punch at FOH.

Murphy conclude: “MLA displayed a lot of bite in the high mids, and tonally it produced a really tight sound at both festivals.”

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