From Films to Musicals, Meyer Sound Constellation Maximizes Diversity at Korea's Sohyang Arts Center

The theatre is sonically suited to host a spectrum of events ranging from musical theatre to orchestral and rock concerts.

Dongseo University's Sohyang Arts Center is the

newest and most technically advanced performing arts venue in Busan, the
second-largest city in South Korea. Outfitted with a Meyer Sound
Constellation® acoustic system and sound reinforcement system, the theatre
is sonically suited to host a spectrum of events ranging from musical
theatre to orchestral and rock concerts.

According to the AV systems integrator for the project, the current primary
use of the venue is for musical theatre. However, Song Dae-young, general
director of the Sohyang Arts Center, insisted in planning that the hall
acoustics and sound system be able to handle a wide variety of events. In
light of that requirement, Constellation was a logical solution for the

The Constellation system at Sohyang is designed to create ambient acoustic
environments ranging from an intimate chamber music hall to a vast
cathedral. The system is built on Meyer Sound's D-Mitri® digital audio
platform and uses 40 miniature microphones, 157 small mid-high loudspeakers,
and 12 compact subwoofers.

The D-Mitri core of the system comprises 17 frames, including four DVRAS
processors (for the four acoustical zones) plus additional frames for core
processing, input/output, GPIO, mixing, and WildTracks digital recording and
playback. The precisely positioned loudspeaker assortment includes MM-4XP,
UPM-1P, and UP-4XP loudspeakers, UPJunior™ and UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers,
and the UMS-SM subwoofer, all of which are concealed around the side walls
and overhead.

Acoustic flexibility a high priority for the space, explains Song. "I asked
the Constellation team to provide six presets with enhanced reverberation
times from 1.3 to five seconds," he says. "I know five seconds is not
necessary, but it does demonstrate to some guests how dramatically
Constellation can change the reverberation time."

The Constellation system equips the venue with settings for unamplified
orchestral concerts. It can also be used with the theatre's Meyer Sound main
reinforcement system for anything from jazz to classic rock musicals. The
reinforcement component comprises eight UPQ-1P loudspeakers as left and
right mains, a center cluster of 10 MINA™ line array loudspeakers, and two
700-HP subwoofers. Additional UPJunior, UPM-1P, and UPA-1P loudspeakers
serve as delay and fill. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two
Galileo 616 processors provides signal processing.

Since its opening, the hall has hosted a steady stream of events, including
screenings for the Busan International Film Festival, the musicals Chicago,
Mamma Mia!, and Les Mis©rables, and the Korean musical Kwanghwamun Younga.

"When the Les Mis©rables team visited the hall, they were impressed by both
the Constellation and PA system," says Song. "They decided not to bring
their own equipment for reinforcement."

The Avix Tech team responsible for system integration and installation was
headed by Lee Sung-bok, project manager, with support from Eric Han, senior
engineer, and Tom Jung, who served as project communicator and translator.

Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs
and manufactures high-quality, self-powered sound reinforcement
loudspeakers, digital audio systems, active acoustic systems, cinema sound
systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry.
Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading
worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks,
convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental
operations. Meyer Sound's main office and manufacturing facility are located
in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors
located throughout the USA and around the world. Meyer Sound is a registered
trademark of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.

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