Built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Seoul’s Sangam Stadium recently played host to the League of Legends final.
Some 45,000 thronged to witness this online sport or ‘e-game’ that has swept the globe, with an estimated 40 million people watching around the world — either online, in cinemas or on the ESPN3 sports channel.
Seoul-based Rhino Sound Systems were brought in to design the sound reinforcement inside the bowl and they assembled a vast battalion of Powersoft amplifiers to power their new EAW Anya system (and KF740/KF730 speakers).
System engineer Gwon Seung Cheoul (also known as Mr. Paman) said that after several simulations the model managed to remove reflections from the back wall, while KF740 delays ensured that the sound carried evenly to all parts of the stadium.
Mr. Paman designed and configured his amp racks back at the company warehouse, deploying 80 of the powerful K10 and 43 x K3: “We used Powersoft’s DSP so I could control and monitor all the amplifiers from my laptop using the Armonía software.”
Rhino featured a 32-box Anya system, believing this to be the first worldwide deployment of two 16-element hangs — all controlled by dedicated Resolution 2 software, operating over Dante. This automatically configured the best performance parameters and conditions. A second laptop was used solely to control the EAW Resolution 2 software driving Anya. Subs comprised 20 each of EAW’s SB1002 and SB2001 (in an end fire set up).
Powersoft provided EAW Greybox-specific plug-ins for the Armonía software. “We drove the EAW MW12 and MW15 stage monitors using this plug-in loaded onto the Armonía and Powersoft DSP, and it sounded f***ing great!” reported the system tech.
At Sangam Stadium, all Powersoft amps received the audio signals from an EAW UX8800 controller on a combined network so everything could be controlled from FOH via the 11 UX8800 controllers.
In summary Mr. Paman said that the League of Legends World Finals had been the most challenging event he had ever designed a control network for. “But the success was due to the Powersoft technology — not only the external Powersoft amps, but also the Powersoft modules in Anya itself.”