Martin Audio calls its new DD12 a multi-purpose two-way loudspeaker system. It combines onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with transducers and Differential Dispersion horn technology. (Differential Dispersion technology, the company claims, delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with X° x Y° horns, providing more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, with close-up horizontal coverage for the front rows).
The DD12 system is designed to meet a multitude of stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements, from touring, theater and portable live sound applications to concert hall and house of worship installations, AV events and stage monitor use. Ideal as the main PA in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems.
Whether configured as part of a stand-alone DD12 system or part of a larger MLA/MLA Compact system, individual DD12s can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via USB or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.
An important feature of the DD12 is its internal memory, which allows factory so-called ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.
In addition, comprehensive accessories support a wide variety of mounting options, including surface, ceiling and pole mount. The DD12’s universal bracket facilitates a wide range of down-tilt and up-tilt angles in both portrait and landscape orientation, and can be mounted directly onto the pole of a speaker stand or attached to a scaffold clamp.