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MSI unites Barbee Boys audience with MLA

Japanese rock band Barbee Boys reunited in 2020 for a comeback concert at the Yoyogi National Stadium 1st Gymnasium and MSI Japan had the honour of providing the sound production. Bun Hote, respected for his ability as a system tech as well as a FOH engineer, was charged with mixing the sound. He chose Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA. His solution was to adopt a unique approach to his system design, to achieve consistency throughout the challenging arena and unite the entire audience. On each side of the stage, three arrays were hung from a single H-shaped truss tower, all facing in different directions.

The main array consisted of 13 MLA cabinets and a single MLD Downfill cabinet. The side array was pointing 45 degrees outside of the main array and comprised nine MLA and an MLD. Another array was aiming 90 degrees outside of the main array and consisted of five MLA and two MLD Downfill boxes. A further array of six MLX subwoofers (with a pair facing backwards to create cardioid directivity) was hung from the same tower. Bun Hote described his design philosophy: “First of all, we had little time for set-up, starting at midnight when the load-out of the last show had finished. The H-shaped tower was reused from the previous show, just changing the location of the motor. In this venue it is necessary to build stand-alone towers from the ground, as the roof weight is strictly regulated. After considering those factors, this location plan seemed to be the best.” There is an additional line of subwoofers stacked in front of the stage, besides the rigged subwoofers. Eight MLX subwoofers were aligned horizontally, 4 MLXs were stacked separately onto the subwoofer line, aiming behind in a cardioid broadside subwoofer array arc.

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