MLA upsets South facing audiences again

MLA upsets South facing audiences again

MLA upsets South facing audiences again

UK – Following the success of the inaugural South Facing Festival at the Crystal Palace Bowl last year, festival director Marcus Weedon has requested the same format for this year’s ten-day event. And that included Martin Audio’s revolutionary MLA speaker array, once again supplied by Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK group).

This met the requirements of a first class bill perfectly, including London Grammar, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jungle, Becky Hill and Richard Ashcroft.

Two other key developments helped improve sound quality, as explained by Solotech project manager David Preston, who worked alongside production manager Julia Bruns and site/production specialists , LS Events. Driven by the excellent feedback and lack of complaints from neighbors last year, he noted that levels in the bowl had dropped from an SPL of 96dB(A) to 98dB(A) for this year, while that the technical team still managed to stay within the limits. off-site thresholds.

The second advantage for Solotech was the extended space on the floating platform that housed the stage. Last year, a lack of front space prevented the mounting of an array of MLX cardioid subwoofers up front.

But in the absence of such issues this year, ten MLX subs have taken center stage, with MLA Compact enclosures deployed as frontfills. David Preston explained: “Having a few extra meters along the front of the pontoon meant we could access a wide cardioid pattern and provide more even under-coverage across the site, and it also gave us better control at low frequencies. .

“The event takes place in a natural amphitheater, which really seems to help us with the audio coverage; the clarity in the rear was similar to that in the front, which was great. As for the MLA Compacts, these offered a sturdier option for front fills and could effortlessly launch across the nearby pond to hit the audience.

Preston led a Solotech team consisting of Rayne Ramsden (System Technician/FOH), Isabella Di Blaise (Monitor Engineer), Harry Garcia and Diego Ternivasio (Stage Technicians).

Ramsden has programmed the DISPLAY software so that sound decreases at the perimeter of the site, ensuring minimum bleeding and maximum containment.

Once again, MLA was a hit with guest sound engineers, including Richard Ashcroft’s sound engineer, Al Davies. He’s been using PA since shortly after it started over a decade ago, when he said with girl group Neon Jungle it was the best sound he’d ever heard at Brixton Academy.

At Crystal Palace, despite the off-axis mix position, he said the sound was balanced, the coverage even throughout and the rear rejection impressive, with no bleeding behind the scenes. The subs also sounded good and not grainy. “Some tend to sound ‘notey’, but the low end was beautifully balanced.”

He added: “Richard likes to be loud, so I was mixing at 97.5 dB, almost to the threshold, never struggling. He was really impressed and congratulated me afterwards.

In conclusion, David Preston said that Crystal Palace is becoming one of the favorite festival venues he looks after during the summer calendar. “It’s a great place for concerts,” he says. “Working with Julia and the team at LS Events is always a pleasure, and I look forward to 2023.

“Martin Audio’s MLA has proven once again that – in terms of noise control – it can do things that no other box on the market can do. For suburban festivals, with limits Delicate noise levels set by local councils, this is the important factor, to ensure that the festival license can be re-granted for the following year.

MLA upsets South facing audiences againMLA upsets South facing audiences again

August 23, 2022

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