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South Korea's Shin Kwang Church Offers Versatile Performance Space with Meyer Sound MILO
More than 63 years after holding its first service, the growing congregation of Shin Kwang Church in South Korea's Jeonbuk Iksan City is celebrating its new home outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting, video and sound, including a powerful Meyer Sound MILO line array loudspeaker system.
Shin Kwang's modern, spacious facility has been designed to be a multipurpose venue, and has quickly become a nexus for the local community, hosting a wide cross-section of services, meetings, performances and cultural events. As systems engineer Eric Han of Seoul-based Avix Tech explains, the church elders approached planning the new facility with high standards. "They looked at the best churches in the US as a benchmark. They visited many churches including Willow Creek, Prestonwood, Tabernacle in New York and others, and had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve with their new home."
FOH Engineer Han Sae Jin agrees: "We did quite a bit of research, which enabled us to incorporate both acoustics and technology design into the early stages of construction. And we have achieved a superb level of sound quality."
The system comprises left, center and right arrays, each containing six Meyer Sound MILO and one MILO 120 line array loudspeakers. Low-frequency coverage is provided by six 700-HP subwoofers under the stage. Six UPA-1P loudspeakers provide frontfill, while balcony seating is covered by 22 UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers. System drive and processing is handled by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors.
"The convenience of the Galileo enables us to quickly configure the system for a variety of uses, from sermons to musical performances," says Han Sae Jin. "This was an important consideration for us to create not simply a church, but a cultural center."
Onstage monitors are mixed directly from a Digidesign VENUE FOH console, with a selection of UM-1P and UM-100P stage monitors providing foldback for performers.
"As we did our research, it became clear to all of us that the Meyer Sound system was an essential part of the plan," says Han Sae Jin. "There was no other system that could deliver that level of intelligibility and versatility."