Japan's Hibino Corporation - the largest enterprise for the entertainment industry in Japan - has made its first investment in Martin Audio's Multicelluar Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system.
Making up the Hibino Corporation are four divisions — Hibino Sound, Hibino Pro Audio Sales, Hibino Visual and Hibino Chromatek. The MLA acquisition was authorised by the Sound Division, which has been a market leader in international touring for many years, supporting many of the world’s leading artists with premier loudspeaker systems.
Their investment is for four System 36 rigs, plus an additional four MLA and four MLX subwoofers. This gives them a combined inventory of 92 x MLA, 8 x MLD (Downfill), and 52 x MLX — providing a large capability.
The decision to invest was apparently brought about by a need to provide consistent stadium coverage up to 200 metres depth (such as Tokyo Dome), without the need for delay towers — enabling them to deliver clear sound right to the back of the venue and at the same time solve any noise pollution and sound spill issues.
Speaking of this latest development, Ryoichi Hashimoto, Managing Director, Hibino Sound, explained. “We decided on the MLA investment because the promoters of summer outdoor festivals are increasingly demanding the absence of delay towers from festival sites and a need to solve offsite noise issues.”
MLA also benefits from its size and weight ratio, which given regulations in Japan mean that the system provides no obstacles for its deployment.
“In Japan, the weight of the rigging is strictly regulated, but MLA’s weight is similar to systems we have used in the past — even though it is powered. So, it is good for us to be able to plan as we did before.”