MAG MUST Technology Review in LightSoundJournal
In the LightSoundJournal — the first and the biggest multilingual network for professional light and sound equipment — has been posted another review of the innovative technology MAG MUST, based on the compact line array WASP. At this moment, the online journal has editorial teams in such countries: USA/UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia.
Enjoy reading the English language version on our website, or find the original article (in Russian) at LightSoundJournal.
The Triumphal Debut of the Innovative Scalable Technology MAG MUST at Ukraine’s Biggest Stadium
MAG Audio, the largest speaker manufacturer in Eastern Europe, has presented MAG MUST – the state-of-the-art technology which allows to achieve exceptionally smooth sound coverage across the venue of any size, from a little bar to a stadium. The presentation took place at the biggest arena of Ukraine - the 70,000-seat NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, on September 6, Kyiv.
What is MAG MUST
MAG MUST (short for Multiple Uniform Sound Technology) offers to rental companies the benefit of using only one line-array format instead of many different ones, therefore eliminating the need for bothersome stock and complex logistics. The groundbreaking technology is based on the scalable 8 ” MAG Wasp line-array, which allows to create uniform sound coverage across the venue of any size, whether it’s a small bar venue or a large stadium.
“We intended to create the technology that can change approach to using small format line arrays,” explains Igor Sydorenko, systems engineer at MAG Audio. “Today manufacturers offer lines of products depending on the target event size – starting from compact arrays and up to the large-format ones. But we consider this approach outdated. So we decided to design the technology that can serve the needs of any client, regardless of the event’s demands.”
The art of positioning
The MAG MUST consisted of 2 line arrays (24 MAG Wasp tops and 12 Wasp S-12 subs per each side of the stage) as PA; two line arrays made up of 16 MAG Wasp tops each as out-fills; 48 x H28 subs lined in the end-fire configuration; and 8 MAG Wasp tops deployed as front-fills. 4 tops MAG Wasp and 2 x Wasp S-12 on each side were deployed as side-fills; 4 х Focus 12, 4 х Focus 15 и 2 х Focus SUB ensured monitoring on stage.
In addition, 8 delay towers ensured smooth sound coverage over the entire venue. Four delay towers provided sound to the back of the field (fan zone 2) and consisted of 8 x MAG Wasp tops and 3 x Wasp S-12 subs each. The other four towers had to provide sound over the grandstand, so each of them consisted of 16 x MAG Wasp tops and 8 x Wasp S-12 subs.
All the systems were amplified with 32 Powersoft Amplifiers: a total of 20 Racks with 22xX8 Dante, 4 x X4 Dante, 6 x T604. Signal routing through all the amplifiers was made by Dante Network which provided excellent sound quality and reliability.
One system for various venues
MAG MUST saves rental companies the trouble of purchasing a range of sound systems to fit venues of various sizes. A scalable system simply takes less space in your stock than a range of small-, mid- and large format audio systems. Moreover, it makes the logistics easier. Let’s say, you do a small concert hall and a large festival in sequence. If you load a truck with a full set at once, it will obviate the need to come back to the stock for large format systems, sparing your precious time and money.
Another great advantage of scalable system is that you don’t have to face a new deployment challenge every time you work with it. Every different type of system needs a different way of setting up, operating and maintaining it, but thanks to MAG MUST it only takes to train the equipment technicians once, after which you don’t have to get back to it!
Uniform sound coverage
Based on the scalable line array MAG Wasp 8 “, the solution became the first to create uniform sound coverage across the listening area with just 1.5 dB of SPL variation and subsequently broke the national record for “the minimal SPL variation at one location”.
Such great even sound coverage was achieved by increasing the number of sound sources. The MAG Audio engineers set several delay lines and increased the number of acoustic systems in every line array. This way, a seemingly compact system MAG Wasp 8 ” filled a surprisingly large venue, carrying to the back of the stadium even better than conventional large format systems.
All the elements in the system are preapproved in order to ensure their matching and easy adjustments. This way, rental companies can purchase additional equipment which will be 100% compatible with their current products.
A true turnkey solution for the clients, MAG MUST is the total package, complete with every piece of equipment necessary for the customers’ audio needs – from speakers and amplifiers to cases and cables, not to mention free training and technical support. All the elements are fully compatible and make an integral system.
In addition, MAG MUST offers all needed presets for the tops and subs to fine-tune any listening environment. The presets go together with the ArmoniaPlus software from Powersoft Kit and are available for download from the MAG Audio website.
The triumphal debut at the stadium concert
The technology made its debut the next day after the presentation, during the READY.STEADY.FAVORIT concert at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium, on the occasion of the 20th birthday of Favorit Sport bookmaker.
The concert hosted over 40,000 attendees and featured a range of popular artists, including the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 drag queen Verka Serduchka & Band, the winner of Ukrainian National Selection for Eurovision 2019 MARUV, and Berlin Music Video Awards 2019 nominees MOZGI band, as well as Max Barskih, Olegg Vynnyk, Olya Polyakova, DILEMMA, TAYANNA, and Dzidzio.
“I liked the coverage and great sound clarity,” adds Oleg Shevchenko, sound engineer of MOZGI band. “Nevertheless that stadium is the troublesome type of venue, the sound was exceptionally impactful and intelligible. The positioning of the systems, the delay lines – everything was so well-thought-out that altogether it ensured amazing sound experience for listeners. Very proud of MAG Audio!”
“It was the first time when such a large-scale project was equipped with the acoustic systems of the Ukrainian manufacturer, and I can say – things have worked out really well,” noted Serhii Holovin, sound engineer of Olegg Vynnyk.
“The idea is super! MAG MUST helped to achieve refined sound and ensured the distribution of even sound pressure throughout the venue. All the occupied sectors at the stadium were uniformly covered with clear sound”, concludes Nikita Shkuropat, sound engineer of Max Barskih and MARUV.