Harman solution for Mungyeong Provincial Park
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Mungyeong Saejae is now a major tourist destination
South Korea - TechDataPS and Arnion recently performed a complete overhaul of the outdoor performance venue at Mungyeon Provincial Park, equipping it with an end-to-end Harman audio system.
Mungyeong Saejae, a mountain pass located 642m above sea level on Mount Joryeong, is one of the oldest surviving parts of an ancient road that once connected Seoul and Busan. Three fortified stone gates dating from the Joseon dynasty still stand at the site, making it a culturally significant landmark. Declared an official provincial park in 1981, Mungyeong Saejae is now a major tourist destination featuring hiking trails, a sculpture garden and a stage for open-air performances and other events.
With the venue’s sound system in dire need of an upgrade, park officials hired TechDataPS and Arnion to completely overhaul the stage with a Harman Professional Solutions audio system and all-new rigging. To equip the venue for a variety of events, TechDataPS and Arnion selected class-leading JBL line array loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital mixers, AKG microphones and BSS direct boxes.
“The client wanted us to replace the existing sound system, as well as the supporting infrastructure for it,” said Seok Oh, Kang, sales representative, TechDataPS Co., Ltd. “First and foremost, a high-quality audio system was required to cover multi-purpose outdoor events and performances. Secondly, the client requested an infrastructure with sufficient inputs and outputs for any situation. To meet these requests, we chose to go with the latest and most dynamic JBL VTX A8 systems, which are highly revered for their performance. The quantity and angle of the speakers were determined in the design stage through acoustical simulation.”
The JBL line array system features VTX A8 loudspeakers and VTX B18 subwoofers. The A8 offers JBL Professional’s flagship VTX A Series technology in a compact solution for small to mid-size rental and installed applications.
JBL AM7215/26-WRC two-way loudspeakers provide broad, 90- by 50-degree coverage in front of the stage, and feature weather-resistant construction to survive the elements. JBL Control HST paging loudspeakers were installed to provide broad, hemispherical coverage for communication and all-purpose broadcasting. JBL Line Array Calculator and Performance Manager software allowed the integrators to calculate the ideal speaker placement and angles for the venue.
To power the system, TechDataPS and Arnion selected Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD, I-Tech 9000HD and CDi DriveCore 4|1200 power amplifiers.
To capture clear, detailed sound on stage, the venue at Mungyeong Saejae is equipped with a range of AKG microphones. BSS AR-133 active DI boxes allow instruments such as guitars and keyboards to be easily amplified with pure tone and clarity.
Installed mixing desks are Soundcraft Vi2000 and Vi1000 digital consoles. Soundcraft ViSB 64:32 MO-Vi stageboxes provide plenty of microphone inputs on stage for large events.
“Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park is an admirable cultural hub that truly represents the city,” comments Man Jin, Kim, audio director, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park. “As a result, our expectations for the sound system upgrades were set exceptionally high. The new systems had to deliver world-class sound for all events, and the design had to ensure maximum ease of use for the operators. Having said that, we are very happy with the cutting-edge solutions delivered to us by TechDataPS.”
“The project at Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park was a momentous one, as it involved the first application of the latest JBL systems in an outdoor setting in South Korea,” adds Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, Harman Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank our partner TechDataPS for designing and delivering a cutting-edge solution.”
(Jim Evans)

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