Leading UK rental company, RG Jones Sound Engineering, has announced it is to be the first UK company to invest in Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA series.
RG Jones started trialling the active Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) on a number of high-profile events. They were so impressed by the kit that they confirmed—on the first day of this year’s ProLight+Sound event in Frankfurt—that they were to purchase a System 36.
The System 36 kit includes a total of 24 fully-integrated MLA top boxes complemented by 12 MLX subwoofers. In addition, it comes with six dedicated amplifiers and DSP channels per enclosure.
The purchase means that the Martin Audio MLA kit is ready to do sterling service at a vast variety of high-profile shows as they look set to debut at the end of April and beginning of May this year.
Already—during the trial period—RG Jones have tested the Martin Audio MLA kit at Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Tour, Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular and on shows with Katherine Jenkins in Ireland.
From the outset of the trialling period, Simon Honywill (RG Jones’s sound engineer charged to evaluate its full dynamic range and consistent delivery) was clearly impressed: “We’ve made a massive leap forward with the MLA … the results are remarkable.”
Martin Audio tech has always been on RG Jones’ inventory and the new addition of the MLA series was widely welcomed by the company.
“We have been involved with Martin Audio for many years,” explained RG Jones’ Project Manager, Steve Carr. “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.”
An added benefit is that RG Jones already extensive W8LC Compact Line Array tech will work seamlessly with the new MLA additions. As a result, RG Jones will be able to provide delays or outfills as required for the larger shows.
“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,” added Martin Audio’s Director of Sales, Simon Bull. “We are delighted that they have decided to make this investment and we will be looking to support them every step of the way.”
The investment certainly seemed a certainty due to the flexibility the MLA tech has for a rental company.
“It’s the first self-powered system we’ve owned and provides a major truck-space solution as it is not necessary to employ amp racks,” added RG Jones’ Joint Managing Director, Andrew Williamson. “That’s a major advantage.”
“We felt committed to buying when we could see a demand for it over the first year,” continued RG Jones’ Joint Managing Director, John Carroll. “We’re thrilled to be the first UK sound company to invest in the system and we’re quite sure that we won’t be the last.”
RG Jones’ new Martin Audio additions will certainly receive a baptism of fire as they are wheeled out for the spring shows and are already confirmed to be used at the next War of the Worlds arena tour starting in November 2012.