Busan Film Centre installs Adamson system

The Busan Film Centre – the dedicated theatre of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in South Korea – has taken delivery of a new audio system from audio specialist Adamson.

The newly constructed venue is located in Centum City in Haeundae District in South Korea and is comprised of three buildings – Cinema Mountain, PIFF Hill and Double Cone – with a combined total floor space of 54,335 square metres. One of its most notable features is its roof, known simply as the ‘big roof’, which is around one and a half times the size of a soccer field 163m×61m (535ft x 200ft) and boasts an underside made up of a series of LED screens providing lighting and video effects.

At the core of Cinema Mountain – the venue’s main room – is a multi-purpose performing arts hall with 841 seats named the Haneulyeon Theatre or ‘Open Sky Theatre’, which acts as the main theatre of the Busan Cinema Centre, hosting a variety of of film screenings. There is also a medium-sized cinema with 431 seats, a small cinema with 212 seats and a cinema preview facility.

The design and installation for the Haneuleyon Theatre was handled by Kang-dong Media in Busan, with sound design support provided by Adamson’s Korean distributor Sound Solution. The consultant for the installation was Sohn Gun Ho, director Kang-dong Media. Ewan McDonald, Adamson’s applications engineer, flew in to take charge of the tuning process.

The main system consists of nine SpekTrix three-way enclosures hung below four SpekTrix double 18” subwoofers, with a three SpekTrix W 15-degree box underhang placed at left and right of the main screen and stage. The location of the speakers was changed from the original design to around a metre wider on each side, as there was an issue caused by reflection of the bass from the acoustic treatment used in the interior ceiling. The slight adjustment in positioning of the main hangs resolved the problem in the initial design.

Meanwhile, the centre cluster features seven SpekTrix with two SpekTrix W underhangs. Four SX subs are placed on the ground and are mobile. 12 pcs of Point 8s supply fills on the balconies, while four M15 monitors are used on the stage. All Adamson speakers are powered by Lab.gruppen FP10000Q, FP6000Q and FP4000 amplifiers, with processing handled by XTA DP products.

Applications engineer Ewan MacDonald commented: “The team at Sound Solution did a very professional job with this installation in what is a world class facility. After some time was spent commissioning the system, we ended up with a very nice sounding system with no more than +/-0.5 dB variation (A weighted SPL) throughout the floor and the mid balcony, which was a testament to the great work the design team at Sound Solution do.”

The theatre’s full time chief FOH sound engineer is Byung Tae Kim.

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