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South Korea’s Bethel Church Goes Digital With Solid State Logic

Hanseo Broadcast & Music Tech replaces analog systems for congregation of 20,000 with SSL L500 Plus live console and SSL stageboxes.

Bethel Church in Ilsan, South Korea, has invested in a new Solid State Logic SSL L500 Plus live console and SSL stageboxes for front of house duties. The system was supplied and installed by South Korean SSL distributor Hanseo Broadcast & Music Tech.

Bethel Christian Church has two chapels, one in Ilsan and one in Paju, Northwest Seoul. The Bethel Church pastor travels between the two, delivering a sermon from one, which is transmitted live to the other. Daily attendance at the Church is 8,000 – 10,000 people, with six services on a Sunday and a total congregation of around 20,000 people.

The input channel count on a typical service at Bethel Church is 64, with drum kit, bass, two guitars, keyboards, piano, orchestra, choir, soloist, and pastor from stage. These go from SSL SuperAnalogue stageboxes, through the SSL BL II.D Blacklight II MADI Concentrator, and to front of house via a redundant optical pair. The console itself has an additional touch screen connected, as well as the SSL SOLSA online/offline control PC application.

Ilsan Bethel Church picked the SSL L500 Plus console after a carefully considered move from an older analog front of house console to a new digital replacement. Tae Young Kwon, chief engineer at the church notes: “We looked at a lot of consoles from all the main manufacturers. Our criteria included reliability, scalability, intuitiveness, price, and service…. It was a difficult process, but in the end the deciding factor was sound quality. We chose the L500.”

He also notes remote control as another aspect, as there is no dedicated monitor position at the church. “It’s a big church, but we operate with only a few staff,” he explains. “Except for Sunday worship, we often work shifts alone, which was very difficult with the analog console – continuously moving from stage to the front of house to check monitors. Now we can easily adjust the monitor balance on stage with SSL’s TaCo – the remote tablet application.”

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