Allen & Heath mixers deliver audio for 17th Asian Games

An Allen & Heath iLive digital system and GL2800 analogue mixer were installed at Korea’s new Incheon Asiad stadium in time for the 17th Asian Games.

Taking three years to construct, the stadium is capable of holding up to 62,000 people and was used for the Games’ main sporting events, as well as shows before the Games, such as Korean Pop concerts. As many as 13,000 athletes from 45 countries competed.

The organiser was looking for a stable but flexible multi-purpose audio system, which would satisfy the need for both digital and analogue technology. Allen & Heath’s South Korean distributor, Sama ProSound, suggested an iLive-144 Control Surface with iDR-48 MixRack to serve as the main system, with a GL2800 as the sub system.

“iLive was chosen because it has both the capability and flexibility to manage the audio system, and it can be controlled remotely with the MixPad app, enabling the user to roam around the huge stadium while monitoring and controlling the system, so it delivers a time-saving convenience,” said Carl Park, principal engineer at Sama ProSound.

The iLive-144 surface is connected to the iDR-48 mix rack and its 24 outputs are connected to the network system to distribute the input sources to the entire speaker system in the stadium, as well as handle broadcasting duties.

For smaller events, the venue required an analogue console for less experienced users who are more comfortable with analogue desks. A 48-channel GL2800 was selected for its sound quality and design. It also connects to the network system to distribute the audio.

“The stadium is huge and manages a lot of important large scale events so we needed a digital console that can handle its demands. That is why we chose iLive and GL, which are very flexible, easy to use and have a great sound quality at a reasonable price range,” commented Jungchan Lee, director of Desco.