Comprehensive HK Audio installation for South Korea’s Nam Seoul Grace church

South Korea’s Nam Seoul Grace church has made a major upgrade to its sound system with the installation of a comprehensive HK Audio setup based around COHEDRA, CONTOUR, VORTIS and ELEMENTS Install products.  

The 1,800 capacity building – which measures 32 meters wide, 32 meters long and 14 meters high – is used as a gymnasium and event hall during the week, and as a church at weekends.  

Because of the venue’s size and the varied events that take place in it, the owners had been searching for an audio upgrade for some time. The previous sound system could not sufficiently reach the church’s upper balcony level, and long delay times meant unclear speech reproduction was common.  

After an HK Audio demonstration from Sama ProSound (HK Audio’s official distribution partner in South Korea) during a Sunday worship service, however, the solution became clear and a new system was planned.  

The installation is composed of COHEDRA and CONTOUR as the main front PA, with VORTIS covering that challenging upper balcony space and ELEMENTS filling in around the sides of the venue.  

For an in-depth case study on the installation see the following report in Worship AVL magazine: https://tinyurl.com/hkaudioinstallation-southkorea  

Equipment list
Main speaker system:

16 x HK Audio COHEDRA CDR 208 S/ T  
8 x HK Audio CDR 210 SUB
4 x HK Audio CT 108
1 x HK Audio FirNet
3 x HK Audio CPQ 10
1 x Lab.gruppen IPD 2400
Balcony speaker system:
2 x HK Audio VR 10810
5 x HK Audio VR 11214
1 x Lab.gruppen IPD 1200
2 x Lab.gruppen IPD 2400
Choir and monitor speakers: 
6 x HK Audio E 435
2 x HK Audio E 110 SUB AS
2 x HK Audio EP1
2 x HK Audio EF 4
6 x HK Audio CT 112
2 x Lab.gruppen IPD 2400 


HK Audio at Integrated Systems Europe 2017

German sound reinforcement firm HK Audio will have a stellar presence at the ISE 2017 show in Amsterdam in February, with the best of its pro audio installation portfolio on display throughout.

Among the lines visitors will be able to check are the VORTIS range, along with the accompanying Lab.gruppen IPD controllers, and the ELEMENTS INSTALL series. Portable PA enthusiasts will also be able to get hands-on with the compact LUCAS NANO 608i, the first ever all-in-one-PA with an iPad-enabled mixer.  

HK Audio’s product specialists, application support and sales team will be on hand throughout the show to give attendees the lowdown all the products on display, as well as any other information they may require, and the firm’s burgeoning Business Solutions division will be present to offer customers a range of professional installation solutions.

Andreas Marx, HK Audio’s Head Of Marketing Communications, said: “We’re looking forward to another strong showing at ISE in 2017. With our nearly 40 years of made in Germany heritage and experience in the pro audio field, we’re proud to now be expanding our expertise in the installation field too with our HK Business Solutions team, who will be welcoming all installation inquiries at the show.”

The HK Audio stand at ISE 2017 is situated in Hall 7, at Location Q195.

For more information, visit the ISE website: www.iseurope.org/exhibitors/?permalink=hk-audio


HK Audio joins forces with König & Meyer for new accessory range

German music industry powerhouses HK Audio and König & Meyer are joining forces from 2017.
HK Audio’s globally renowned range of pro audio systems will – as of spring 2017 – benefit from a range of accessories tailor-made in Germany by König & Meyer.

The first available product is the Stereo Stand Add-On option for the compact LUCAS NANO 600 series systems, which has been introduced at the 2017 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, with more to follow over the coming months.

Nils Stamer
, HK Audio’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re extremely happy to be able to partner with König & Meyer. Just like us, they value their decades of ‘Made In Germany’ heritage, and just like us, their products are internationally recognized as the best in their class. Together, we’re looking forward to injecting all our collective knowledge and knowhow into this new range of accessories to help make 2017 the best year yet for HK Audio and our users!”

Gabriela König
, CEO of König & Meyer, said: “We are proud to be collaborating with HK Audio. Together, our companies have over 100 years of tradition and experience in the music business, with both brands being synonymous in their respective sectors for sophistication and high-quality, innovative products. I look forward to us now being able to pool our resources to improve the HK Audio experience for the brand’s customers and users worldwide.”

For more information, visit the following websites.
LUCAS NANO 602: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=465
König & Meyer:



HK Audio has unveiled LUCAS NANO 602 the latest and most affordable member of their LUCAS NANO 600 series of professional, portable PA systems.

LUCAS NANO 602 is the ideal compact PA for any musician or DJ who prefers to use their own external mixer. Featuring one stereo input, it delivers the LUCAS NANO family’s standard “professional sound to go”, and can be set up for its optimized use as a 2.1 stereo system in seconds. It also combines easily and quickly with any other 600 series NANO to form a powerful Twin Stereo system where even more power is required.

Weighing in at just 16.3 kg/36 lbs, LUCAS NANO 602 can be transported in just one hand, with the satellites mounted inside the subwoofer. And despite its small size, it houses a number of groundbreaking HK Audio technologies. These include the Multicell Transformer, which delivers the quality performance of a large high-frequency horn at a fraction of the size, and Anti-Resonance Bracing, which ensures that the subwoofer uncompromisingly converts every single watt of power into pure low-end energy.

Rüdiger Forse
, HK Audio’s Senior Product Manager, said: “LUCAS NANO 602 continues the NANO family philosophy of offering an incredible sounding and versatile PA in an ultra-compact and lightweight format. It’s so simple to use – setting it up is an absolute breeze! With its amazing sonic power, crystal-clear response and up to 130 dB SPL, LUCAS NANO 602 is the perfect way to bring your music to life for up to 200 people!”

Experience LUCAS NANO 602 in the flesh at the HK Audio booth (Hall A #6440, KORG) at NAMM 2017, and get the full lowdown on the official HK Audio website now: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=465


Powering Angelo Kelly’s Irish Christmas 2016 Tour

Long-time HK Audio devotee Angelo Kelly played his biggest set of solo shows to date in December 2016 – the Angelo Kelly & Family Irish Christmas Tour – so he needed a system that could keep up.

After discussing his needs with the HK Audio team, a comprehensive system was built up to deal with the varied 1,000 to 3000-capacity venues the tour would stop at, and a busy stage show featuring a variety of acoustic instruments and six vocalists.

The main PA comes courtesy of COHEDRA, with a set of CONTOUR near fills and onstage monitoring looked after by the PREMIUM PR:O D range.

We visited Angelo and crew for the band’s show in Limburg on December 14. Angelo and sound engineer Sean took us through the system and told us all about life on the road with HK Audio:


ELEMENTS: the perfect rehearsal studio PA

A renowned Belgian rehearsal studio has kitted out its main performance space with a series of ELEMENTS Line Base systems.

ST Events, which regularly plays host to some of the country’s most famous musical performers and acts, decided to replace its previous sound systems for musicians, and invited a number of companies to show them the best solution for the future.

The clear winner for pure acoustic sound was ELEMENTS, as ST Events explain: “We tested a lot of different systems in different price categories. HK Audio’s ELEMENTS was the best… no discussion about this! We loved the ‘warm’ sound, the styling and the fact that it's a very compact system.”

“In particular, the sound of the vocals was the best of all the systems we tested. And that’s very important in rehearsal studios. AB Music, HK Audio’s Belgian distributor, was very supportive in helping us in making the right decision.”

There is now an ELEMENTS Line Base system (each made up of an E 110 SUB AS subwoofer and two E 835 mid/high units) in every corner of the rehearsal room, resulting in a superb, clear sound no matter where the musicians are standing or sitting. And, if they need to boost the bass for any reason, an extra passive E 110 SUB unit is also on hand.

Learn more about ELEMENTS Line Base here.

For more information on ST Events, visit their website: www.st-events.be  


ELEMENTS the perfect PA for PRS 2016 Music Makeover Awards winner

When The Tooth & Claw venue in Inverness, Scotland won the PRS Music Makeover Pubs 2016 award, the natural way to spend the £10,000 prize was on a comprehensive ELEMENTS setup.

The pub was picked by PRS – the UK’s Performing Rights Society – as the winners from over 230 entrants across the country, all of whom had submitted videos explaining why they should receive the award.

The jury included the likes of GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Levine, who also advised the pub on the best prize to suit their premises: an ELEMENTS BIG BASE stereo system for the live band area and an ELEMENTS SMART BASE stereo system for the second, smaller live room.

The Tooth & Claw’s Lee Gripton said: “Words cannot describe what this means to us. We’re now in a position to really set our dream in motion. We’ve worked extremely hard to just get to where we are at now. The help from PRS means we can achieve our goals perfectly and really contribute to the ever growing music scene in Inverness!”

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chairman and Music Makeover Judge, said: “We regard pubs as an essential component of our popular music culture; they provide unparalleled opportunities for emerging musical talent to develop their skills and their popularity. Our Music Makeover award gives PRS for Music an annual opportunity to encourage music-loving venues to support local talent and enables them to improve the quality of the music experience for both performers and their audience.”

Click here to learn more about the ELEMENTS range: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?sid=15

Click here to see all the winners of the 2016 PRS Music Makeover Awards: https://www.prsformusic.com/users/customer-portal/rewarding-you/music-makeover/Pages/music-makeover.aspx


Lounging with LUCAS NANO 600 in Beirut

 A stylish new rooftop lounge in bustling Beirut found a creative way to overcome city center sound spillage problems: a PA built up of six LUCAS NANO 600 units.

Fabrk, the newest and coolest hangout in the Lebanese capital, looked to Audiotec Group (HK Audio’s distribution partner in the country) to provide them with an installation solution that would provide first-class sound without annoying the neighbors.

Ralph Choueiri, Audiotec’s Managing Partner, said: “The setup was quite complex as the rooftop is located right in the middle of a building cluster, so lowering sound spillage as much as possible was a prerequisite from the owners.”


In an inspired move, Choueiri and his team installed the six LUCAS NANO 600 speakers around the perimeter of the bar. The result is an incredible sound for Fabrk patrons, an extremely happy Fabrk management team, and a quiet night’s sleep for everyone else in the neighborhood.

 For his part, Choueiri is incredibly pleased with the solution, and to be part of the HK Audio Soundmakers family. “We have been distributing HK Audio for over a year now, and are very pleased with the flexibility that their line of products offer,” he said. “The LUCAS NANO 600 is extremely compact and light, yet extraordinarily powerful. It is packed with technology that makes this small system so flexible: it’s just unbelievable what this small speaker can do!”

Find out more about LUCAS NANO 600 here: http://hkaudio.com/products.php?id=414


HK Audio powers a world record-breaking orchestra at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena

A vast HK Audio COHEDRA system helped power the biggest orchestra ever assembled to a new world record at Frankfurt’s Wir Fuellen Das Stadion (We’re Filling The Stadium) extravaganza.

The COHEDRA setup had to keep up with more than 7,500 musicians (7,548, to be exact) and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt orchestra as the record was broken, and it performed admirably in the face of such an unusual application, helping provide an unforgettable experience for the 30,000 people present in the Commerzbank-Arena.

After the world record was achieved, a celebratory concert featuring some of Germany’s biggest popstars brought the evening to a suitably grand close.

HK Audio’s presence around the arena was strong throughout the day, with large LINEAR 5 setups powering two live music stages, and an HK Audio Soundmakers zone where musicians and fans could experience the brand, get up close and personal with products like the LUCAS NANO 608i, and take photographs of themselves against a giant green screen.

Stay tuned for more information and video footage from the day!


HK Audio powers mammoth stadium summer of events in Frankfurt arena

HK Audio is set to power a huge month-long extravaganza of events at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena this summer, culminating in a world record-breaking weekend on 9/10 July.

Throughout June and the first week of July, a sizeable COHEDRA system will provide the sounds for a series of Euro 2016 public viewing experiences that will be shown on a 550m² screen (the largest in Germany), as well as a number of one-off shows and performances.

The final weekend will see a world record attempt by the world’s largest orchestra – potentially up to 10,000 musicians – at the We’re Filling The Stadium event on Saturday July 9, followed by a concert featuring some of Germany’s leading artists, while the climax of Euro 2016, the tournament’s final, will be shown in the stadium on Sunday July 10.

Such a high-profile program requires a PA to match, making COHEDRA the ideal solution. HK Audio’s expert team has prepared a truly impressive setup for the occasion, with the main PA – backed up with an HK Audio CONTOUR sub array, delay lines, outfill and nearfield elements – set to be installed at the end of May.

Nicolas Petit, HK Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be soundtracking this remarkable month-and-a-half of events. There will be literally hundreds of thousands of people attending the Commerzbank-Arena over the June and July period, and we’re committed to delivering them an incredible aural experience. With a venue of this size, and such a wide ranging program, it’s a challenge we will certainly relish.”

For more information, visit the relevant websites.

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