Kwangju dances to the tune of JBL technology

South Korea's latest dance venue accepts 'sound advice'.
JBL, Jon Won Lee, Kwangju, Kwangju CD, Line array, Nightclub, Pro audio, Sovico AV, VerTec, News, International News


One of South Korea’s largest venues, the Kwangju CD nightclub, was recently kitted-out with the latest line arrays from JBL’s VerTec DP series.

The technology was installed by systems integrator Sovico AV, with assistance from Sovico R&D, the firm’s acoustic research laboratory, which specialises in acoustic measurement, sound design and system tuning.

With over 36,000 square feet of floor space, a unique architectural design and a spectacular stage setting with extensive lighting capabilities already in place, the venue’s sound designer Jon Won Lee faced a tough challenge.

"With such an extensive hall size, [the venue] required a powerful system to support the variety of performance activities taking place in this space," said Lee.

"The sound system in the club must serve five specialised DJ teams, two different house bands, three dance teams and two performance art teams."

Twelve VerTec VT4889ADP powered full-size line array elements and eight VT4880ADP powered full-size arrayable subwoofers with ultra-long excursion 2269H 18-inch transducers form the core of the pro-audio installation.

Interestingly, the octagonal overhead ceiling of the venue is divided into separate moveable parts, each of which opens mechanically to support a wide variety of special effects, including artificial snow and artistic lighting.

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