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Martin Audio and Capital Sound pair up to install MLA speakers at London venue Scala

London venue Scala has upgraded its house PA system to a Martin Audio MLA Compact, designed by Capital Sound.

Capital Sound operations and development director Paul Timmins approached the King’s Cross venue as it acquired a new digital console as part of an upgrade.

Scala’s technical manager David Preston introduced Timmins to the venue’s owner Ryan Bissett and operations director Lee Hazell.

Commented Timmins: “We recognised that this is a difficult venue, with a big reflective glass wall at the back, and we felt that MLA Compact would offer the ideal solution. The sale was concluded over a course of meetings.”

The installation at the new ‘flagship venue’ comprises six MLA Compact elements per side and three stacked DSX subwoofers on either side of the stage. In addition, they have provided two of Martin Audio’s Coaxial Differential Dispersion CDD-LIVE12 — one for centre fill and one for balcony fill — all operating under Vu-Net system control.

Capital Sound head of development Robin Conway said: “MLA is set with a flat frequency response to deliver clean and identical sound everywhere in the venue — and this will enable it to overcome some of the inherent difficulties it faces. At the same time, the fact that it is now state of the art will make it more attractive to engineers coming in.”

“MLA Compact is a 100° box so there is already plenty of horizontal coverage. It made sense to fill any holes [in the coverage pattern] with a separate CDD-LIVE rather than using MLA for balcony coverage.”

Capital has provided a new cabling infrastructure and the installation has been carried out in such a way that it is semi permanent, and can be used as a training facility. It has been supplied on a long-term rental basis.

The fast-track installation was carried out over a two-day period, supported by Martin Audio’s product support engineers, Nigel Meddemmen and Simon Purse, and house engineer David Preston, who has subsequently joined Capital’s development team.

Timmins concluded: “MLA has been increasingly evident in all the big, high profile festivals Capital has supported, particularly in London. We therefore felt it was time one of the major London venues had its own MLA system, which will also provide access to take potential customers along, and allow them to hear a system before they use it.”

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