Korea’s Biggest Singing Competition Powered by Point Source
Daon SD in Seoul partners with KV2 Audio to bring high quality audio experiences to Korea; Mr. Trot and Huge K-Pop Arena Show
Loudspeaker manufacturer KV2 Audio has been working with recently appointed Korean distributor, Daon SD, to establish the brand in the Korean market. Based in the Korean capital of Seoul, Daon SD distributes a number of well-known audio brands in both the commercial AV and live entertainment sectors and supports its customers at every stage of their project, from system design through to production, installation, logistics, technical support and financing. KV2 is a welcome addition to the portfolio, offering high quality audio solutions to a variety of applications.
“KV2 has opened up a huge number of possibilities for us,” says Daon SD Director, B.S. Koo. “We’ve been working for some time with a team that performs system design and optimisation for venues and other multi-purpose spaces using BIM design. We work closely with the team to ensure acoustic devices produces the best results, perform algorithm-based optimisation simulations, and determine the design of a sound system to best fit the room.
The BIM-based design process starts the process by providing the client with construction specifications of an optimised architectural design, and at the same time determines a significant amount of the process load early on. We have found that for most scenarios, a LR stereo configuration of a high quality point source system is the best solution. Therefore, we needed to find a supplier of point source systems with good response characteristics. After much research we concluded that KV2 Audio was the only alternative that matched our thinking, and we went from there.”
Since then, Daon SD has deployed KV2 systems on a large number of events, including the reality TV singing competition, Mr. Trot, currently the highest-rated show ever in the history of cable television in South Korea. “This was a great showcase for us and KV2” says Koo. “Over the course of six recordings, we were able to experiment with different configurations as production requirements evolved. One configuration comprised a main system of two VHD2.0 with four VHD2.16 and four VHD4.18 subs with ESM 26 stage monitors, whilst on another occasion we used four ES1.0 systems for mains supplemented with four ES2.5 subs. In both cases we had four ESM 26 monitors on stage plus two EX10s in the video production area and an EX6 as control booth monitor.”
After the finals of Mr. Trot, the winners went on to perform alongside an impressive roster of the country’s headlining K-Pop acts at the Korean War 70th Anniversary Memorial Concert that was finally able to take place at Haeinsa Temple last June. This was the first large-scale event that was able to take place in Korea in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that saw events worldwide cancelled en masse. The space is able to accommodate a seated audience of 5,000 but social distancing rules dictated a maximum of 1,000 spectators at a distance of 2m from each other. The entire concert was recorded for broadcast on national television.
Located in the stunning Gaya Mountain National Park in South Gyeongsang Province, Haeinsa is one of Korea’s Three Jewel Temples and home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the complete Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,350 wooden printing blocks. In addition to being classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Haeinsa is of immense national importance, and was therefore a fitting backdrop for the 70th Anniversary Korean War Memorial concert. To host the event, a stage was constructed in 50 x 100m natural arena at the highest point of the temple grounds. The main system comprised a flown LR system of one VHD2.0 long throw mid-high enclosure, one VHD1.0 mid-high/downfill and two VHD2.16 subs per side supplemented by a further four VHD4.18 and ES2.5 subwoofers in total. Two ES1.0 delays and a pair of EX10s complete the system. Control and amplification was handled by two VHD2000s, two VHD3200s and six EPAK2500/Rs.
“Once again, the KV2 systems performed flawlessly and we received many compliments on the quality of the sound,” says Koo. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better showcase with a live event of such national importance and many of the country’s most popular artists. It is our task to bring the excellence of KV2 Audio to as many people as possible, especially within the K-Pop scene which is flourishing here, despite the pandemic. We have witnessed for ourselves the smiles of both the audience and the sound engineers when they hear what we can achieve with these systems. We hope to see many more world-class shows and musicals being performed with KV2 in the future.”