Amadeus and SSL support Jarasum Jazz
Thursday, 5 December 2019
koreaBespoke stage monitors from Amadeus were deployed
South Korea - The largest jazz festival in East Asia has selected Amadeus’ newest speaker Series including Diva M², Maestro II, as well as bespoke stage monitors which are to be released in 2020. SSL Live L500 consoles were featured at the event as well.
Jarasum Festival has hosted over 2m attendees since its inception in 2004 and featured performers from 55 countries on its stage. Over 200,000 spectators attended the 16th Jarasum Jazz Festival in October. Elan Tech is the South Korea-based production company in charge of both sound equipment and technical production for the event.
Located in the Gapyeong region, northeast of Seoul, the festival site is an island surrounded by a beautiful city near the mountains and the banks of the Bukhan River. The yearly three-day festival features all types of jazz including swing, fusion, bossa nova, bebop, as well as world music. This year’s festival featured Black String, López-Nussa La Familia, 4-Wheel Drive, Omar Sosa Quarteto Afro Cubano, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and The Danish Radio Big Band & Marilyn Mazur, among many other musicians and groups.
“Because a recent typhoon had hit Korea, we started setting up the sound systems on-site only three days before the festival began,” reports Yongwoon Jeong, CEO and technical director at Elan Tech. “The main speakers and subwoofers used were all made by Amadeus, for a total of 30 units of DIVA M², 12 units of Diva M² Sub, and 12 units of Maestro II.
“We have also worked with Amadeus to develop new speakers - stage monitors - which will be officially released in 2020. A total of 50 of these new speakers have been used for the first time at the Jarasum Jazz Festival.”
The overall audio setup also featured 11-units of X8 DSP+Dante amplifiers designed by Powersoft, as well as L500 Live consoles from Solid State Logic.
Philippe Guerinet, director of international sales for SSL, comments: “We are used to seeing our consoles used in conjunction with Amadeus systems in world-renowned venues including Théâtre National de Chaillot, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra National de Lyon, as well as La Gaîté Lyrique and here, at Jarasum Festival, where we had an SSL Live L500 on FOH. It is wonderful to highlight that we are also seeing some large-format Studio SSL Consoles in use together with Amadeus studio monitors - and whatever the application, we always have great feedback about the overall sound performance and the stunning transparency.”
The new Amadeus speakers, called C12R and C15R, will be a range expansion of the C Series, initially designed for the Paris-based Théâtre National de Chaillot, in France. “We were all fans at Elan Tech of the newly-released Amadeus C12 and C15 point source speakers, which are mainly installation-oriented. We asked Amadeus to think about a more stage-oriented version to be used as stage monitors, optimized for the live field, and featuring the same transducers and waveguides,” says Yongwoon Jeong.
(Jim Evans)

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