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Martin Audio anticipates ‘high demand’ for new monitors after first outing at Japanese rock festival

Martin Audio Japan deployed its MLA speakers for the Rock in Japan music festival over two consecutive weekends this month.

The manufacturer’s new XE500 floor monitors were seen for the first time in the Asia Pacific region during the festival, used on the main Grass Stage and powered by the similarly new iK42 amplifier.

More than 272,000 people attended the sold-out festival. Monitor engineer Tomo Nishigawa mixed rock band Dragon Ash on the opening day. He commented: “When I tried [the monitors] before the show, I felt it was really suitable for a female singer with a whispered voice. We went in without any rehearsal onstage but the monitors caused great excitement. In fact after the show, the band musicians described the experience as ‘really superb!’

“The XE500 monitor could reference the sound so clearly that each of the musicians could define whether the sound was coming from the monitor or the DJ set during the show. We have never experienced such a faithful reproduction before,” he added.

On the Grass Stage, the PA was made up of main hangs of 22 MLA elements on each of the two main hangs, with 18 MLA outfills each side. A further eight MLA were deployed on the right side only as the park layout is non-symmetrical.

Martin Audio Japan now says it expects “high demand” for the XE500 monitors as it begins shipping to clients.

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