The third generation of the Multicellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) control technology will be introduced to the installation market at ISE 2014.
MLA Mini offers a budget price and ultra-compact footprint, light weight and specialised design. As an example illustration of the system capabilities, a 12-box array has a throw of 35m to deliver live music in venues of 750-1000 people.
At the heart of MLA Mini is the MSX mini-sub power plant, which complements the main system and houses the amplification, networking and DSP necessary to power and control itself and four MLA Mini enclosures. Each MLA Mini enclosure houses two 165mm/50mm voice coil LF drivers and a vertical column of three 35mm aluminium dome HF drivers on a 100-degree horizontal dispersion horn. The system can be flown, ground-stacked or pole mounted. The 380mm reflex loaded MSX can be integrated into flown arrays or ground-stacked separately.
In the simplest configuration, four MLA Minis can be pole-mounted above the MSX with precisely adjustable tilt angle, and function as a plug-and-play system, with the user recalling onboard presets instead of using computer control. At the other end of the scale, up to 16 MLA Minis can be flown in an array and powered by four ground-stacked MSX units.
MSX also contains nine channels of Class D amplification to provide cellular drive while the onboard DSP interacts with proprietary Display2.1 intelligent software for accurate array optimisation. With each individual cell under software control, ‘hard-avoid’ areas can also be programmed in to reduce sound spill, and vertical coverage can be fine-tuned electronically in-situ without the need to re-rig the array. Arrays and MSX units can be remotely controlled from a laptop or wireless tablet running Vu-Net control software, so eliminating trial and error tuning.