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NEXO GEO M12 arrays unite ancient and modern in South Korea

With its signature strengths of vocal clarity and musical detail, the GEO M12 line array system was the right match for a rare concert of ‘Chosun Pop’, created by fusing the Pansori genre of traditional Korean music with pop styles and modern instruments.

This special event was held in Jeonju City, a region in western South Korea which has made a very significant contribution to the country’s cultural traditions during its 500-year Joseon Dynasty. Also written as Chosŏn or Chosun, this was the last dynasty of Korea, out of which, in the late 17th century, a new form of musical storytelling evolved. Pansori began as folk entertainment, but, over recent years, has been merged with other genres, including classical and rap.

The star of this mini-concert was Seo Jae Hyun, a South Korean singer-songwriter who, performing as sEODo Band, has popularized Chosun Pop, the fusion of pansori with pop music.

The well- known audio rental house PLAN24 was in charge of the stage system for the event, providing a ground-stacked system of NEXO’s GEO M12 line array with MSUB18s for subbass, and the new NEXO P12 point source cabinets as vocal monitors. The combination delivered a powerful clear sound which drew praise from the audience and performance officials, as well as Seodo, the main vocalist.

“I could really feel the presence of the M12 Series,” said the FOH engineer, “particularly on the band sound, where the system was able to express fine adjustments. It is hard to believe that a single 18” cabinet (MSUB18) can contribute such tight and punchy bass. Also I was impressed that I only had to set up and align the sub with a delay, and I was able to create a great sound using the provided preset. No special tuning was required, which is a great satisfaction.”

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