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Jean-Pierre Coetzee

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« on: July 13, 2011, 04:06:33 am »

Have any of you worked with the MLA system from Martin Audio. They are making some interesting claims in their ads and I would like to know how this system performs in the real world.

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 05:57:08 am »

Have any of you worked with the MLA system from Martin Audio. They are making some interesting claims in their ads and I would like to know how this system performs in the real world.

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I, too, am interested in how this actually performs. I understand the basis is individual processing for every loudspeaker? Is each setting generated from models, or calculated from measurements? But mostly, real live performance?
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 07:32:38 am »

Have any of you worked with the MLA system from Martin Audio. They are making some interesting claims in their ads and I would like to know how this system performs in the real world.

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Its just another kick ass speaker system. I heard it as a delay system to a Vertec rig and the outer delay was an older martin system. What's there to say, ALOT has happend in "+10 years" of speaker design.. Sounds good, rigs nice, measures good and offers a lot of new possibilities. Im sure Ferrit or Preston can write a nice review.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 10:51:27 am »

Have any of you worked with the MLA system from Martin Audio. They are making some interesting claims in their ads and I would like to know how this system performs in the real world.

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I was given a tour of this system when the Zach Brown Band came through Albuquerque. I would have to say: it does exactly what they are claiming. It is very impressive and I thought it sounded excellent. It is not, by any means, "just another loudspeaker system".
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 04:09:45 pm »

I heard through the grapevine that it takes almost a half hour for the computer to calculate the settings. Is that true ?
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 04:12:53 pm »

I heard through the grapevine that it takes almost a half hour for the computer to calculate the settings. Is that true ?

I don't remember exactly how long it takes, but yes, it takes a while and may be a half hour. Each individual driver in the array is being fed by it's own amplifier with it's own DSP-prepared signal. After determining the coverage pattern desired, the system tech inputs these parameters and then the computer models, through a process of iteration (successive tests) candidates for the setup. The best candidate that gives the closest approximation of the desired result is then used. It's a lot of computing power and time required. Probably could not have been done in any practical way just a few years ago.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 05:05:36 pm »

I heard through the grapevine that it takes almost a half hour for the computer to calculate the settings. Is that true ?

Also keep in mind that that is only the calculations.  You can calculate multiple presets and each preset can be implemented within a matter of a few seconds so ... calculate with and without balcony coverage or a morning vs. afternoon vs. evening coverage and then change them between acts or even while someone is speaking (does not sound O.K. to change it during music).
Also remember that coverage calculations include those areas that you don't want covered.

I made this comment in Preston's thread but, A few months ago I had the chance to talk briefly to Robert Scovill about MLA and I asked what he thought of the system.  He had had a chance to hear them but not do a tour with them, His comment was "It's a game-changer".

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 06:50:26 pm »

Also keep in mind that that is only the calculations.  You can calculate multiple presets and each preset can be implemented within a matter of a few seconds so ... calculate with and without balcony coverage or a morning vs. afternoon vs. evening coverage and then change them between acts or even while someone is speaking (does not sound O.K. to change it during music).
Also remember that coverage calculations include those areas that you don't want covered.

I made this comment in Preston's thread but, A few months ago I had the chance to talk briefly to Robert Scovill about MLA and I asked what he thought of the system.  He had had a chance to hear them but not do a tour with them, His comment was "It's a game-changer".

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hey Guys,
We just worked on the optimisation engines, typically the "first-pass" for array angles and "spangles" is under 3 mins depending on array size and the space your in.
The Elemental EQ optimisation" second-pass" is now about 5 mins depending on processor speed, array size, space size, etc.
And yes we are manipulating the sound field not just in coverage, but outside as well.

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ferrit
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