Korea’s Yongin Leading Church chose d&b audiotechnik to cover every inch of the multi-purpose Glory Chapel.

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In 2019, Yongin, one of the largest cities in South Korea, chose d&b audiotechnik to bring powerful sound to its worship services and in-house performances when it constructed the Yongin Leading Church. Unlike traditional churches that only cater to one specific religion, Yongin Leading Church is a cultural space that welcomes worshipers of all kinds.

This large five floor venue is an extraordinary place of worship. Built as a free-open space the church welcomes local residents, and includes community amenities such as libraries, amusement facilities, and gyms, along with the Glory Chapel.

The Glory Chapel serves not only as a chapel but also as a grand performance hall. The entire entrance of the Glory Chapel is installed with eye-catching LED light displays that seek to draw attention when worshippers first enter the chapel. To match this unique light display, the chapel needed a sound system that could deliver high-quality, beautiful sound throughout the venue.

When the church considered a new sound system, they knew they needed a powerful installation that could reach every inch of the venue. The church ultimately chose to install d&b V-Series line arrays, 8 V8s and 2 V12s per each side, to provide a wide range of coverage. Additionally, 4 SL-SUBs were flown and placed next to the main array along with a V10P as side-fill loudspeaker for the wide horizontal plane and a Y10P front-fill speaker. For intensive low frequency, additional SL-SUBs were stacked on floor on either side of the stage. The venue also installed Y10Ps as delay speakers and E8s under the balcony. As for monitors, the MAX2 Monitor wedges along with the in-ear monitors systems were chosen to provide a broad variety of sound possibilities for worship leaders and performers. All loudspeakers within the venue are driven by d&b 10D and D80 amplifiers.

One major challenge with the sound installation was the unusually wide stage with a huge LED screen. “One of the main issues was that the display made a flutter-echo in the room, which we had to improve by very carefully altering the height and angle of the arrays,” said Henry Lee, System Engineer, d&b audiotechnik. “The area to position the speakers was also very limited. We utilized ArrayProcessing, comparing and measuring the characteristics of each seat's response to the initial speaker position to help us determine how to best configure the system to give great coverage for the whole audience.”

Not only the venue utilizes the space for performances but also various worship sessions, ArrayProcessing made it much easier to switch between the vastly different applications.

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During the week, the church hosts several worship sessions that cater to different audiences including separate sessions for the older generations and the younger generations. During these sessions, the church alters the different genres of worship music they play, ranging from classic choirs to Contemporary Christian Music to Electronic Dance Music.

One of the focuses we had when choosing the sound system and design was that we wanted it to be able to serve various purposes and music genres during our services, whether it was being used during a worship session in the chapel or used for another performance.Hyung-Jin Kim, Director of Production, AFRO Sound

“During the sound renovation, the church made sure to stay focused on its purpose and on how to use the proper systems to best communicate with the local residents,” said Pastor Byung-Sun, Yongin Leading Church. “Now that the system is complete, we are thrilled to share our new, powerful sound with the whole community.”

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