A GLASS wall at the back of the venue presented a “difficult” audio challenge to installer Capital Sound when it designed a new in-house PA for London’s The Scala (cap. 800) in Kings Cross.
The company’s head of development Robin Conway selected an MLA Compact system by manufacturer Martin Audio, for the project for its ability to avoid unwanted reflection from the wall and to appeal to visiting artistes.
“MLA is set with a flat frequency response to deliver clean and identical sound everywhere in the venue,” he says. “It is state-of-the-art and will be attractive to engineers coming in.”
The installation comprises six MLA Compact elements per side and three stacked DSX subwoofers on either side of the stage. Two of Martin Audio’s Coaxial Differential Dispersion CDD-LIVE12 units are operated under a Vu-Net system control, one for centre fill and one for balcony fill.
Since reopening 18 years ago the venue has hosted artistes including Ed Sheeran, The Killers and Foo Fighters. Upcoming shows include The Hoosiers, Shed Seven and The Rasmus.