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Drawing on the research and technology behind MLA Series, the Wavefront Precision Series is a new generation of multi-purpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s legendary sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets.
Comprising the WPC and WPM, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with external iKON® multi-channel amplifiers and optimised by automated DISPLAY software.
Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
With exceptional line array performance guaranteed by the acoustic design itself, scalable resolution unlocks the full potential of a Wavefront Precision array and provides an adaptable pathway into the world of advanced optimisation.
The greater the resolution of the array in terms of individually driven enclosures, the more precisely DISPLAY can fine-tune audience coverage and hold the frequency response and SPL’s throughout the venue within a tight window specified by the user.
For the first time in the marketplace the decision on the level of resolution and control that is right for the install, client, event or budget is yours.
Standard line array results vs. Scalable resolution
DESIGN AND MATERIALS
It’s not only the consistent coverage, flexibility and scalable resolution that set Wavefront Precision line arrays apart. Their exceptional sonic performance and exemplary horizontal pattern control are born from Martin Audio’s trademark, innovative approach to high-efficiency acoustic design.
Wavefront Precision enclosures are constructed from plywood and finished in durable, easy-to-maintain textured paint, with fabric-backed protective steel grilles. Discreet side pocket handles and rear grips are provided to assist handling and splay-angle adjustment, while integrated three-point rigging systems assure efficient and safe construction of arrays of up to 16 enclosures.
DISPLAY is incredibly powerful. Based on an acoustic model accurate to within ±1dB of measured data, it provides a virtual environment in which arrays can be configured and optimised and delivers unrivalled coverage consistency over the audience — right from switch-on..
By reducing sound impacting non-audience areas, rear walls and ceilings, the detrimental influence of the room can be significantly ‘dialled-out’ — increasing clarity and intelligibility in challenging acoustic environments.
DISPLAY leaves nothing to chance and takes the guesswork out of array design and deployment — generating predicted frequency responses throughout the venue and providing comprehensive rigging information, including mechanical safety analysis.
Array DSP parameters calculated by DISPLAY are easily uploaded to the iKON amplifiers via Ethernet, using Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ real-time control and monitoring software.
AMPLIFICATION, DSP AND NETWORKING
Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with dedicated, high-performance iKON multi-channel Class D amplifiers. Both the iK42 4-channel amplifier and iK81 8-channel amplifier are capable of very high power outputs and feature high-speed Ethernet communication for system control and monitoring via VU-NET, plus Dante™ digital audio networking. With the option to transmit digital audio over a single CAT5 cable, quality is maintained over long cable runs and integration with other devices in the sound system is straightforward.
Because the amplifiers are external to the loudspeaker enclosures, the resolution of the array can be increased as required by simply adding more amplifier channels to drive more array enclosures independently — increasing the level of control available to DISPLAY to fine-tune coverage and reduce room influence. External amplifiers also facilitate ease-of-servicing in fixed installations.The complete system approach not only guarantees that Wavefront Precision arrays perform repeatedly and effortlessly to their design maximum, but also that they are compatible worldwide.
Both the iK42 and iK81 provide powerful DSP processing of up to 1000 FIR filter taps @ 48kHz on each output channel. This high number of taps is essential to implement DISPLAY’S wide bandwidth optimisation capabilities.
The WPC and WPM can be augmented by ground-stacked SX118 and SX218 subwoofers. Installation-specific subwoofers such as the CSX118/CSX218 may also be used.
Cardioid operation can be achieved by arranging the subwoofers in forward and rear-facing pairs, and the iKON amplifiers deliver the correct drive characteristics to the subs via onboard DSP presets for a variety of system configurations.
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