The East Wintergarden’s in Canary Wharf is notoriously bad for sound and having a highly reverberant room. At 25m high, the glass atrium looks beautiful but trying to control the sound is virtually impossible. The installed Meyer line array struggles to cope with the acoustics but for Martin Audio MLA Mini – it was a breeze.
Old Barn Audio Ltd were asked to demonstrate the MLA Mini, at a Christmas party for Shell UK staff, due to this problematic room for promoter Ranako Daily. Ranako, owner of Upallnite Promotions, were looking to partner with a professional audio company for all current and future work and was urged by their sound engineers to opt for Martin Audio MLA Mini for smaller events and Martin Audio MLA Compact for larger events. Being the UK Distributor for MLA Mini, Old Barn Audio was the natural choice.
Old Barn Audio took four MLA Mini elements and one MSX sub each side of the stage and then bolstered the sub frequencies with a pair of Martin Audio WS218X subs powered by a Martin Audio MA12k amplifier. Monitoring was supplied by an array of Martin Audio F12+ cabinets powered by a Martin Audio MA2.8q amplifiers.
The band, a reggae/ska/funk outfit from London, said “they were so impressed with the system. The lack of front of house sound on stage was fantastic and made hearing the monitoring so much easier than traditional systems.” The glass balcony and rear wall were designated as hard-avoided via the MLA design software which aided the taming of this problematic room.
For more information on Martin Audio MLA Mini, please contact Old Barn Audio on 01892 752246 for all sales and hire.