Martin Audio Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL)
Martin Audio is adding to its Wavefront Precision Series with the Longbow (WPL) edition. The 2017-launched Wavefront Precision Series (WPM and WPC) harnesses the optimisation technology behind Martin Audio’s self-powered MLA Series systems in a new line array format with a scalable approach to external system amplification. It’s seen by the industry as a more affordable way of getting into MLA’s sound and coverage consistency. It’s become the Martin’s fastest selling line array series.
Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) now brings the performance of the Wavefront Precision Series to large-scale touring and installation applications. It’s designed as a complete system with external iKON multi-channel amplifiers, automated DISPLAY optimisation software and VU-NET control platform and will be of interest to stadium concert, outdoor festivals, arenas and large house of worship installations.
WPL is a full-scale line array that is capable of exceptionally high output for its modest size and weight. A three-way, bi-amped system, WPL’s very high output is achieved by using Martin Audio’s trademark horn-loading technology across all frequency bands — increasing the acoustic output of the low frequency section as well as the midrange and HF.
It incorporates 2 x 12-inch drivers with Hybrid horn/reflex loading, 2 x 6.5-inch cone drivers on a midrange horn which covers the vocal frequency range from 300Hz to 4kHz, and 3 x one-inch exit HF drivers operating from 4kHz upwards. Each section features innovative horn-loading techniques and refinements which raise the acoustic performance of WPL to a superior level — both in terms of output and smooth 90° horizontal coverage patterns of the mid and HF horns. Sonically, WPL’s horizontal dispersion pattern translates to a very consistent frequency response off-axis, with minimal variation from the on-axis response.
The maximum peak outputs of the LF, Mid and HF sections are 139dB, 140dB and 145dB per enclosure at 1metre and 6dB crest factor respectively — ensuring that a WPL array will meet the most demanding requirements for throw and clarity in the largest venues and outdoor events.
Dom Harter, Managing Director, added, “Martin Audio enjoyed a record sales year in 2018 and we will strive hard to continue this trend in 2019. WPL is a compelling proposition combining superlative sound, optimisation and control with quick deployment and trucking efficiency, all in an affordable package that we believe will delight customers. Importantly, this is also a shipping product with the first systems having already been delivered to two new US customers and we have taken orders for more systems around the world.
“Details of all these customer acquisitions will be announced in due course, but suffice it to say, this is a system ready now for the new touring season alongside many installation opportunities.”
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