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Martin Audio XE500 Monitors Unveiled At Rock In Japan Festival

New floor monitors, powered by new iKON iK42 amplifier, debut at four-day event alongside MLA arrays and MLX subwoofers.

By PSW Staff September 8, 2017

Rock In Japan Festival

Rock in Japan is one of the biggest open-air events of its kind in the country, and is held on four days over two consecutive weekends in August. Once again, crowds of more than 68,000 people assembled on each day, totaling over 272,000 people in all. Tickets sold out in advance, and many TV stations reported how successful the event was.

Martin Audio Japan has deployed its MLA loudspeakers for this event for many years, and once again they covered the main Grass Stage with their equipment for the 2017 edition. While this again included the MLA series, all attention was focused on the new XE500 floor monitors along the front edge of the stage, seen for the first time in Japan and Asia Pacific, powered by an equally new Martin Audio iKON iK42 amplifier.

As monitor engineer, Tomo Nishigawa who mixed rock band Dragon Ash on the opening day, comments, “When I tried it before the show, I felt it was really suitable for a female singer with a whispered voice. We went in without any rehearsal onstage but the monitors caused great excitement. In fact, after the show, the band musicians described the experience as ‘really superb.’ The XE500 monitor referenced the sound so clearly that each of the musicians could define whether the sound was coming from the monitor or the DJ set during the show. We have never experienced such a faithful reproduction before,” he adds.

Not only Nishigawa, but many other musicians and sound engineers expressed their surprise at the quality of this monitor during the festival. 

In fact, the XE500 combines high output capability with sonic performance, coverage control and consistency. From a touring perspective, the drivers feature neodymium magnet structures, both to maximize performance and reduce weight.

There were seven stages at the event in total, and Martin Audio products featured on four of them. On the Grass Stage, the PA was made up of main hangs of 22 MLA elements on each of the two main hangs, with 18 MLA outfills each side. A further eight MLA were deployed on the right side only as the park layout is non-symmetrical.

Martin Audio loudspeakers were also featured on the Lake Stage, with main PA hangs of 12 MLA on each side, and 12 mono MLX subwoofers installed in front of the stage. Meanwhile, Park Stage and Forest Stage each saw 10 MLA elements hung on each wing, with complementary sub arrays, the former also with 10 MLA Compact.

Following the festival, Martin Audio Japan said it was anticipating high demand, as it delivers the first batch of XE500s to its Japanese clients.

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