Korea’s Top Mastering Engineer Cheon Hoon relies on Neumann and Merging Throughout
Sonic Korea is a new reference for immersive audio in Asia
South Korea has a very active creative community, which is getting worldwide recognition, with movies like Parasite winning multiple Oscar Awards and K-Pop invading Western charts. Of course, Korea’s music scene is much richer than “just” K-Pop and ranges from folk to heavy metal. In the midst of all this is Sonic Korea.
Founded more than 30 years ago, it was Korea’s first mastering facility. To this day, Sonic Korea is considered the No. 1 mastering studio in South Korea, with an impressive track record of 50,000 albums for more than 3,000 clients.
Sonic Korea’s director and chief engineer is Cheon Hoon, a highly respected figure in the international mastering community. He mainly works in the immersive room, which boasts a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos setup of eleven (!) Neumann KH 310 front/rear/surround and ceiling speakers, as well as a powerful KH 870 subwoofer.
Cheon Hoon’s monitor controller and audio interface is a Merging Anubis combined with a Merging Hapi II multichannel converter. His digital audio workstation of choice is Pyramix, also by Merging Technologies. Cheon Hoon, thus, is among the first to experience reference quality end-to-end workflow with Neumann and Merging! And he’s also impressed with Neumann’s open-back headphone NDH 30.
Learn more about his views and choices in this video: