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Church Gets One of First Midas Boards

SaRang Community Church Installs One of First Midas XL8 Live Performance Systems

The SaRang Community Church, located in central Seoul, South Korea, and among the city’s largest churches, has become home to one of the first Midas XL8 live performance systems in Asia, supplied by local distributor Young Nak So Ri Sa. The system provides both FOH mixes and numerous monitor mixes, and has been installed into the church’s central broadcast suite, which relays services throughout the building.

The SaRang church, which was established 28 years ago, has a main hall that can accommodate a congregation of 2,300, with 12 auxilliary rooms seating between 300 to 1,000 each. Depending on the service, anywhere between 4,000 and 8,000 people can participate in each one, and there are six services every two hours. On a typical Sunday, this means that the church attracts a total of around 33,000 worshipers. Each service features a 120-piece gospel choir, a full orchestra, 13 vocalists, drums, percussion and various other instruments, requiring 50 mic input and 30 line input channels.

“For some years, we have been looking for a digital mixing system that could handle the very specific and complex demands of our application,” says broadcasting director and chief sound engineer Mr Ki Min Koo. “Other digital consoles on the market were difficult for us to operate, as we were only experienced in using analog consoles. Up until now, we haven’t been comfortable using digital consoles to solve the problems that can occur in a live situation. That was until we heard about XL8, and we decided that it was worth waiting a year, until December 2006, when it became available.”

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