Sama ProSound upgrades iconic Korean theatres
KOREA: After launching an initiative to address much needed sound upgrades in art centres across the country, as well as prepare for impeding frequency changes, Sama ProSound has outfitted several iconic cultural centres in South Korea with Shure ULX-D Digital Wireless Systems. The installations took place at KT&G Sangsang Madang, Anyang Foundation for Culture and Arts, and Daegu Opera House.
The first phase of the initiative required the distributor to build relationships with venue sound engineers. ‘The engineers at art centres in Korea consider not only the sound quality, but also the RF stability and product durability,’ explained Carl Park, principal engineer of Sound Technology Laboratory from Sama ProSound. ‘Traditionally they are inclined to be very careful about what products they purchase.’
With this in mind, Mr Park and his team invited leading engineers to seminars and road shows with the goal of educating them about Shure technologies, product details and how the wireless systems could address common problems with dated equipment. The demonstrations ultimately led to ULX-D installations at three iconic Korean cultural centres.
With a goal of providing its 400 capacity audience with uninterrupted clear sound, KT&G Sangsang Madang – an independent culture and arts venue in the centre of Seoul – worked with the Sama team to upgrade the wireless system. To support the venue and simplify RF management, a total of 12 channels of ULX-D24/Beta58 were selected for the hall.
‘I’ve been using the SLX system for a while as our main system, but I needed to upgrade to assist the increase in shows, especially for broadcasting,’ said KT&G Sansang Madang venue director, Kyunghwan Lee. ‘I selected the ULX-D Digital Wireless System because it can suit multiple needs while delivering clear, high-quality sound. In my experience it is perfect for live recording and broadcasting.’
Likewise, the 24-year-old Anyang Foundation for Culture and Arts, which had undergone a number of renovations, was due for an audio upgrade. According the venue’s main engineer, regardless of the frequency band, the system would lose RF stability when overheated. After considering the working environment, four ULX-D4Q series systems, with four KSM9 and 12 Beta87A handheld microphones were installed for use across the different halls.
‘I gained confidence in ULX-D as soon as I saw the demonstrations,’ sated Janghyun Koo, Anyang Foundation’s chief engineer. ‘It’s a very impressive system – with its high channel capacity, quick and easy sync function and most of all, the battery charging option.’
Daegu Opera House, which is host to a variety of shows ranging from music and ballet to large-scale orchestra, was also not immune to the RF challenges faced by the other two theatres. The venue’s head engineer, Jee Jang-Hwan, turned to Sama in search of a wireless system able to support a variety of different performances.
‘With RF output power set at 10mW and additional antenna gain set at +6dB, ULX-D supports us with the number of channels required by each show, without any interruptions,’ Mr Jang-Hwan explained. ‘The ULX-D SB900 rechargeable batteries provide much longer run times than two AA alkaline batteries, helping me save money and that’s impressive. Once I fully charge the batteries, I can use them from rehearsal through to the end of the show.’