MARTIN AUDIO RECRUITS CHRIS PYNE AS APAC SUPPORT
World class sound engineer will provide further boost for MLA users
Martin Audio has appointed one of the world's leading sound engineers as its new technical support specialist for the Asia Pacific region (APAC).
Chris Pyne, a veteran on the major international touring circuit spanning three decades, will takes up his new role with immediate effect, having decided to quit touring in favour of 'a more normal life' with his family back in his native Australia.
Based in Melbourne he will represent Martin Audio throughout South-east Asia, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Pyne joins the Martin Audio technical application support team, which includes Andy Davies and his counterpart Jim Jorgensen in the United States. His role will provide him with an exciting challenge as the premium MLA platform continues to gather global momentum.
As FOH sound engineer and system tech his client roster reads like a who's who of showbiz and includes artists such as Kylie Minogue, Il Divo, Jennifer Lopez and Westlife.
He accepted the new position after being introduced to Technical Applications Manager, Andy Davies by Paul Timmins from Martin Audio rental partner, Capital Sound. 'With my experience of Martin Audio touring systems it seemed a very easy decision to make,' he continued.
Commenting on the appointment, Martin Audio MD, Anthony Taylor, said, "I am excited that Chris has elected to join Martin Audio. His depth of experience and knowledge will be a great addition and completes the initial phase of ensuring we have on the ground technical support in each of the key regions. Our goal is to ensure we are providing leading edge service and support to complement what I believe is the best performing touring system in the world.'
After running an MLA demo rig at the 02 Arena in London for the first time in late 2010 he was sold. 'As most engineers know this venue is a major test of any speaker system, and that MLA was something special was evident from the moment it was switched on.'
More recently he attended an MLA Compact demo, which he said represented 'a great demonstration of the surface avoidance settings and the fact you can steer the array electronically to cover areas that may not have been in the initial seating plan … which is a just brilliant.'
Prior to that Chris Pyne had toured and system teched many festivals in the UK and special events with Capital Sound, using their W8L Longbow (and other line array derivatives) over a ten year period. And during his formative years as a sound engineer he also toured clubs and pubs with the legendary Philishave.
'It's rare these days that revolutionary products like the MLA appear,' summarised Martin Audio's new recruit. 'To provide sound engineers and system techs with the ability to manipulate sound in the ways you can with the MLA VU-NET [software] is quite astounding.
'I look forward to helping Martin Audio's client network and distributors in the APAC region with MLA and other products and their applications … as well as representing them at various trade shows throughout the region.'