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By W E Audio, Aug 14 2013 12:48PM

With the sale of an MLA Compact System 36 to Oxford-based W E Audio, Martin Audio has boosted its UK-based network of Multi-cellular Loudspeaker partners to four.

W E Audio’s experienced MD, Wayne Barker, has long favoured new technology adoption, and by becoming the first UK customer for this flown Compact system the company has kept that reputation intact.

Deciding it was time to retire their existing front line system he first discussed his options with Tim Bamber, who handles technical sales at the Birmingham office of LMC Audio Systems, the Martin Audio dealers.

Remembers Bamber, "When Wayne initially discussed the possibility of a new loudspeaker system, I believed it had to be a solution that would match the quality of service that W E Audio offers. I knew that an investment in a technology-led, multi-cellular array system such as MLA Compact, as well as giving them a step-up in size and capability, would benefit W E Audio for years to come, and give them a unique place in the pro-audio rental market.”

And when Barker visited Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt this spring with co-director Rylan Machin — and met Martin Audio MLA advocate Simon Honywill — he was immediately convinced of the wisdom of this recommendation.

The meeting with Simon Honywill had been particularly poignant. For Machin had earlier studied for his degree in live sound at dBs Music (formerly Deep Blue Sound) in Plymouth, where Honywill and Jim ‘Tiger’ Parsons had been his tutors. “Once we started talking to Simon it immediately backed up Tim’s suggestion and made perfect sense to invest in a pioneering new system rather than one that had served its time,” said Rylan.

W E Audio’s reasons for adopting MLA, with its unique controllability, had been entirely logical. “We specialise in providing site public address and noise abatement — and so we needed a system that was musically versatile, with an output that belied its size, and would open up a lot of doors,” says Wayne. “We believe that ownership of this system will enable us to undertake more contracts in the sector and become a benchmark for local authority work.”

Specialising in this sector — and having seen MLA’s impact in controlling offsite noise pollution at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park — they knew that a system that had been sanctioned by both Westminster Council and noise measurement consultants Vanguardia would be noted by local authorities up and down the country.

That event was particularly poignant, since it also became the first outing for W E Audio’s MLA Compact — sub-hired to Capital Sound for use as the rear delay sound towers.

As for LMC Audio, they have been W E Audio’s ‘go to’ supplier for a number of years. “They have provided us with a lot of our kit from digital mixing desks to accessories. The support we receive is phenomenal — they are real deal-makers,” says Wayne.

LMC Audio MD Paul Hinkly, recalls. “Transacting the complex quarter million pound deal was challenging — yet the real excitement is still to come, as we witness W E Audio’s deployment of MLA Compact’s unique capabilities across their portfolio of clients and applications.”

After debuting the MLA system at Hyde Park it immediately went out to Summer Pops at Buxton Opera House and then onto the high profile Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, where six stacks of four MLA Compact and two DSX subs were groundstacked in a networked ring around the 680m circumference site. It then headed to the Bournemouth Air Festival — where once again it formed the core of WE Audio’s site-wide public address system.

Summing up, Wayne Barker says, “This system is pure black magic. With it we will now be able to do any type of show — from a small town hall to the Royal Albert Hall.

“It’s great to be a Martin Audio partner — in fact the wheel has turned full circle. It was Pete Skan (Pete Howard) who first introduced me to Martin Audio all those years ago — and I’d like to dedicate the purchase of this system to him.”

By W E Audio, Feb 22 2013 11:00AM

The annual Four Four Time Festival that took place at the Buxton Opera House continues to flourish a vast genre of acts and audiences alike to this stunning venue. During the ten daylong event we supplied our Turbosound Flex Array Line array speaker system and Midas Pro2 digital consoles that were placed at both Front of House and on Monitors for the entirety of the event.

Headliners to the festival included: Cast, Richard Hawley, Steve Harley and the Cockney, Rebel Ginger Bakers Jazz Confusion, Heaven 17, Oyster Band, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Juan Martin Flamenco Ensemble. All visiting engineers that used the system left having a successful and well received show by all the audience.

By W E Audio, Dec 21 2011 03:00AM

W E Audio, based in North Oxfordshire, have just received delivery of the first of two Midas PRO2 consoles they have purchased from LMC Audio.

With a pair of always-in-demand Heritage H3000’s already in stock, which have been used on all of the festivals they have supplied this year, Wayne Barker, MD of W E Audio, and his team are familiar with the audio quality of Midas products. “We have always loved what Midas put into their consoles, especially the XL3 & XL4 and of course the H3000”, explains Rylan Machin, Project Manager at W E Audio, “so when we saw what Midas had done with the PRO2, bringing out a console with a small footprint, a respectable channel count, and the same Midas quality and attention to detail, we knew there would be high demand for hire on this console again.”

Wayne and Rylan made the decision to invest in PRO2 at this year’s PLASA Show, where they took full advantage of the PRO2 demo sessions available on the Midas stand throughout the show. Rob Hughes, UK Customer Support Manager at Midas & Klark Teknik comments, “It’s great to see long standing Midas customers like W E Audio making the move over to Midas digital, and I am sure the Pro 2 consoles will be a huge success for them. The demand for the Pro 2 and Pro 2C consoles has been fantastic, and is set to become one of the fastest selling Midas consoles of all time. It’s set to be a very high demand console in 2012 and beyond.”

Tim Bamber, Technical Sales for LMC Birmingham, who advised W E on their acquisition, comments, “W E Audio have been looking into new Midas consoles for some time now, so when PRO2 was launched it made perfect sense for them. Coming with such a recognised “Midas Sound”, in a small format and with a great price tag, plus its intuitive way of working and exceptional monitor features such as MCA’s and GEQ/FX features, it was a no brainer.”

As well as adding the desk to their hire stock for touring and events, Rylan informs us that W E will be offering what they call “The Bus Package” aimed, in particular, at those tours requiring a small footprint console with the quality of a Midas on a tour bus with a trailer. “The Bus Package will include our fully patchable stage box that we are very proud to have incorporated into the Midas DL251 with satellite boxes and breakouts, so that the console can be put into house systems and local supply.” He adds there will then be an option to take out a microphone package with all the necessary cable and microphone stands. “We hope that this package will offer a quick ‘get-in’ and ‘get-out’ option to engineers who are touring through different venues with a limited amount of space in a trailer.”

W E Audio and LMC Audio’s relationship goes a long way back, and once again, Rylan and the team were impressed with the service from LMC. “LMC pay great attention to detail; the staff at LMC are like no other, and having the salesman-client relationship, especially when on the road, is imperative.

When we decided we were interested in purchasing the Midas PRO2 we knew we wanted to do it with LMC. Tim Bamber made the decision easy for us with a pristine demo back in October, keeping us up to date all the way down the line.”

Rylan has worked with W E Audio for almost three years. Starting out as a student of Jim Parsons’, previously of Tiger hire, at Deep Blue Sound in Plymouth, he met Wayne Barker, MD of W E Audio Ltd, during one of his modules and they hit it off straight away. Wayne offered Rylan a Summer of work and soon afterwards a full time job. Since becoming Project Manager, Rylan has headed up a number of W E ‘s accounts including Alex James Harvest & the Tall Ships Races, and has taken on various other tasks including designing systems and looking after front of house and client/artist liaison.

Article sourced from LMC Audio Ltd

Written By Louisa Hinkly

By W E Audio, Sep 15 2011 09:00AM

The world renowned Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, held for the 33rd year this year, attracted around 500,000 spectators watching up to 100 balloons of all shapes and sizes ascending into the air above Ashton Court.

W E Audio supplied a full public address system for the event over the entire site as well as a Turbosound TQ system for the band stage.

The finale event The Nightglow where 30 or more balloons glow in time to music was enhanced this year by the addition of a full Turbosound Aspect system encircling the main arena. Designed specifically to cover the full audience area the system proved to be the icing on the cake for the event and made sure that the climax to this year’s event was a night to remember.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

By W E Audio, Sep 9 2011 10:00AM

2011 saw the third year that WE Audio has supplied the full public address system and entertainment systems on the main stage to the Tall Ships Race event, this year held in Greenock, Scotland.

Employing our now legendary public address system to cover the site, utilising nearly 200 horn loudspeakers and 8 kilometers of cable, the 15,000 strong crowd were assured of an intelligent and clear commentary whilst the system doubled as a voice evacuation system for the event.

On the main stage we supplied our Turbosound Aspect TA-890 system for the diverse acts that appeared during the day from Lulu to The Magic Numbers and all points in between, culminating on the last night with a rabble rousing gig by famed Scottish act Deacon Blue.

One of the visiting engineers using the main stage system commented:

“Nice to turn up to a gig with a competent sound crew with a well put together system including Midas, XTA and Turbosound gear, pleasure to use it and pleasure to be here, I was well looked after” Another satisfied customer…

By W E Audio, Apr 14 2011 10:00AM

The Pigeon Detectives’ FOH engineer Andy Hawkins specified W E Audio’s Turbosound Aspect system for their show at the Manchester Ritz and with a capacity crowd it was loud and vibrant to say the least and provided the band with the necessary audio impact that they required.

The FOH system included Turbosound Aspect TA-890 with TSW-218 subs. On stage W E Audio provided Turbosound TFM-450 wedge monitors with a Turbosound TQ system for side fills.

By W E Audio, Feb 19 2010 11:00AM

W E Audio are pleased to announce our fifth consecutive year returning to The Buxton Opera House for the annual Four Four Time festival. The festival has a diverse genre of bands from rock, pop, blues, jazz, folk, and world music.

This year’s event included artists such as:

The Wonder Stuff,

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest

James Pearson & Friends

The Imagined Village

Cerys Matthews


Cara Dillon

Nick Lowe

Heaven 17

The front of house audio system incorporated our Turbosound Aspect TA-890 concert touring system with TSW-218 subs then Turbosound TQ-445 as infills. On stage the system included Turbosound TFM-450 wedges.

Consoles used on stage and at front of house were Midas Heritage H3000’s along with a compliment of XTA control and dynamics. Effects included the Lexicon 960 system, among others.