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By W E Audio, May 12 2015 09:00AM

Oxford-based W E Audio has recently extended its inventory of MLA Compact and MLA Mini to meet the rising demand for this multiple awarding winning series across open air/festival applications, whilst increasing their system capabilities for large touring purposes.


W E Audio was the first rental partner in the UK to invest in MLA Compact back in 2013, and their most recent investment has included another 24 MLA Compact, bringing their stock to a total of 48 elements. In addition, the recent purchase also included four more DSX-F Flying double 18” subs and four MLX Hybrid double 18” subs that will be used as ultra-sub extension and support dry hire market demands.


Furthermore, the order extended to an additional six MLA Mini enclosures, taking their stock to eight complete systems. This comprises a total of 32 MLA Mini elements and eight MLX single 15”subs. Finally, 12 DD6s, that are gaining a strong reputation for their excellent coverage and powerful punchy sound from such a small box, were also added to W E Audio’s inventory, to support their corporate sector business.


W E Audio’s experienced MD, Wayne Barker, has long favoured new technology adoption, and this comprehensive additional inventory continues to keep that reputation intact. “We specialise in providing site public address and noise abatement so we knew that having such a leading system would open up a lot of doors for us, and this has proven to be the case.”


After debuting their MLA Compact system as part of a dry hire solution for Hyde Park in 2013 it has gone on to reinforce many shows and events in its own right, including Summer Pops at Buxton Opera House, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bournemouth Air Festival, The London Marathon and most recently a UK and European tour with Rumer that featured both MLA Compact and MLA Mini. For that tour, Mike Timms FOH engineer said: "We received first class service from W E Audio for the Rumer UK tour, with some tricky venues handled very nicely by their Martin Audio MLA systems.”


As W E Audio co-director, Rylan Machin, commented:, “This investment is vital to round out our offering for larger venues, events and tours to include outfill, infill and, on stage as side fills. Equally, our ability now to meet second stage requirements, alongside the demand of an ever increasing number of conference and corporate events that we supply, gives us added flexibility and revenue opportunity.”


Luke Ireland, managing director for Martin Audio summarised: “Our partners are seeing increased demand for MLA technology and WE Audio has recognised the opportunity that this represents by expanding their rental stock significantly.”

By W E Audio, Jan 31 2015 03:00PM

Bristol is the first city in the UK to be given the Green Capital status and the "Bridging the Gap" event that opened the year long status, taking place between the tabacco warehouses, nr Cumberlin Basin.


The penultimate attraction at the event was Jade Kindar-Martin from Cirque Bijou cycling on a tightrope with trapeze artist Karine Mauffrey hanging below.


W E Audio supplied complete concert audio to audience areas with a live sound track that was composed and performed by Dom Coyote during the 12 minute show reinforced with Martin Audio MLA-Compact and Mini systems.


The MLA systems offered an "Eco" audio solution due to the efficiency of the speaker design with the whole system pulling less than 20 amps of power over the whole event site.

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, Dec 21 2012 05:00PM

This year’s Bath’s Christmas Light Switch On was hosted by the BBC’s One Show as part of their live show. The event was hosted by presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker with guest on the show including John Bishop, this event also tied in with The Children In Need, Rickshaw challenge that the show had been following from its parting.


Working closely with the BBC this event incorporated our typical Special Events profile that included our experienced engineering services and high quality Pro Audio equipment supplied to the stage, then with a secondary Voice Evacuation Public Address system that snaked its way up the high street for welfare announcements and the distribution of the live broadcast on the stage.


This was one of our last events of 2012 and was a great way to end giving all the crew a festive feeling in time for Christmas.


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…