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Meyer Sound System Installed in South Korean Church
The new Ju An Presbyterian church in South Korea has installed a sound reinforcement system based around self-powered loudspeakers from Meyer Sound. The system is one of the largest ever to go into a church in South Korea, a country noted for its extensive Christian population. The Ju An church, whose design was inspired by Noah's Ark, is located in Incheon City, to the west of South Korean capital Seoul. It has nearly 8,000 seats and will be used to serve a total congregation of approximately 40,000 Christians.
The system was designed, supplied and installed by Meyer Sound's Korean distributor Avix Tech. Avix received the commission in October 2001 to provide the sound system for a multi-purpose facility that would hold church services as well as concerts and revival meetings.
"Current churches being built in South Korea require sound systems for both speech and music," explains Jinho Jung, assistant manager of Avix Tech's church department. "Self-powered speaker systems help simplify the sound reinforcement chain, reducing some of the need for sophisticated engineering experience, while still allowing the client to get the same high-quality results. They also help eliminate wiring mistakes, level-setting mistakes and other common errors of less experienced users that degrade system performance as a whole."
More than 50 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers comprise the new system. These include two clusters of nine cabinets — six MSL-4 Horn-Loaded Long-Throw loudspeakers and three PSW-2 High-Power Flyable subwoofers — as the main left and right clusters. Other components include twenty-three UPM-1P Ultra-Compact Wide Coverage loudspeakers as balcony speakers and eleven UPM-2P Ultra-Compact Narrow Coverage loudspeakers installed as ceiling speakers on the third floor. Two UM-1P Narrow Coverage Stage monitors and two UM-100P Wide Coverage Stage monitors serve as monitor loudspeakers for the choir.
Meyer Sound's Asia-Pacific technical support specialist, Eddy Vermeersch, was on site to provide assistance for the three days of rigging the system. Initial system alignment was then performed using Meyer Sound's SIM System II FFT Analyzer by Avix Tech engineer and certified SIM Operator, Je Kook Lee. Avix Tech engineers, Young Joo Kwon and Jae Min Hwang, assisted Lee in the system design and installation. Consultant and SIM Engineer Dave Dennison performed the final alignment of the system.
The Ju An Presbyterian Church opened, filled to capacity, with its first service on October 6. The opening was then celebrated with a two-week long program of daily revival meetings and concerts.