El Paso, TX (March 17, 2016)––Imagine a “mobile stage” and it’s easy to picture a small effort—maybe a glorified garden shed on wheels with some speakers on sticks for a PA. That’s nothing like what the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center did recently when it combined a Stageline SL260 mobile stage with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system for its various events and festivals.
Owned by the Tigua Indians of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Speaking Rock is a venue known for local shows featuring a variety of artists ranging from heavy metal to Spanish pop, hip hop and vocal bands at skateboard festivals.
Speaking Rock’s MLA Mobile system consists of 7 MLA and one MLD (downfill) cabinets per side with four MLX subs ground-stacked in front of the stage. Consoles include Midas Pro Series for FOH and Avid Profile for monitors.
Production manager Scott Brown recalled, “Speaking Rock has two other venues with a different brand of loudspeaker. I had read up on MLA, liked the technology behind it and wanted to check it out. I first heard MLA at a Franklin Graham Crusade event and thought it sounded amazing. Turns out it worked within our budget and the technology far surpassed the other systems we were looking at, so we decided to go with MLA.
“The sound quality alone—the fullness, richness and intelligibility—is unbelievable. And MLA’s control is very helpful because when we do the outdoor events, we’re surrounded by residential neighborhoods and now we can make sure the sound doesn’t bleed past the audience area. We don’t get any complaints, but the audience still gets the full show. More importantly, the first time my boss who runs the Entertainment Center got to hear it, he turned around and gave me a huge thumbs up. So that was definitely a good thing.”