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South Korean church chooses ‘solid’ DPA microphones for large congregation reach

A South Korean church has invested in DPA microphones to amplify its choir and musicians that regularly accompany services.

The Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul chose the mics for their ‘solid yet clean’ tone that would reach out to the large congregation during sermons.

“The biggest reason for choosing DPA was the solid yet clean tone its microphones deliver,” said Jung Kim, Yoido’s sound director. “Other brands also have various adaptors and options, but for us, DPA microphones were the best.”

The church now has nearly 500,000 members making it the largest Pentecostal Christian congregation in South Korea.

It has invested in eight D:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, one D:fine 4088 cardioid headset microphone, four D:dictate 4011 cardioid recording microphones and two D:factor vocal microphones.

Kim said: “I have previously used DPA for live events and in other churches, so I was aware of the quality of the brand.

“When the time came to upgrade our microphones, I chose DPA because they deliver great results and offer the reliability we need in terms of installation, microphone characteristics and minimal interference between microphones that are being used near to each other.”

For the main part of the church where most services take place, Yoido has chosen the DPA 4011F D:dictate gooseneck microphone solution, which features the versatile MMC4011 cardioid capsule.

The 4011F Podium Microphone solution has been installed via a DPA TSM4001 table shock mount. This configuration is ideal for pastors because the 4011F Podium Microphone solution offers exceptional speech intelligibility via its linear on-and off-axis response.

Pastors and visiting lecturers also have the option of using the D:fine headset microphone, which gives them complete freedom of movement. Yoido’s selection of D:vote instrument microphones are used by the orchestra to amplify piano, string and brass instruments, while the church’s choir is amplified with D:dictate 4011A cardioid microphones.

“We also use our D:vote instrument microphones for bands and for other purposes, depending on the occasion,” Kim added. “We are now looking to replace the microphones we use for satellite broadcasting and radio production and once again DPA will be our first choice.”