The specification process commences, suggests Levison, with “a good understanding of the performance goals and a strong attention to detail. For example, determining the sound pressure levels and then the coverage for the audience will dictate the type of speakers used and their position. If done early in the process the ride designers work hand-in-hand with the
including environmental speakers hidden among foliage or speakers built into the fabric of the ride,” remarks Holley. Withstanding the elements –
both real and invented (!) – around the clock calls for robustly-protected, weather- resistant speakers. Fortunately, specifiers appear to be spoilt for choice here: from Community’s R-Series and WET Series II,
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unusually high levels of dust or moisture may be present”. For those applications where
onboard audio is preferable, the development of more powerful, Class D topology amplifiers – thereby requiring fewer devices and less space in often highly cramped environments – has been hugely beneficial. Kocks says: “With the use of Class D amplifiers like Powersoft and
Community R Series loudspeakers are installed in the water park area, The Boardwalk, of Hersheypark, Pennsylvania
Netherlands-based audio supplier and installer TM Audio, and has been involved in a number of theme park projects. As he perceives it, thinking carefully and rigorously about the nature of the ride itself is priority numero uno.
“The ride determines how audio will be provided to the audience,” he says. “It can be onboard audio if the carts on the ride are suited to build a sound in; it can be audio provided by source along the track; or a combination [thereof].”
“Creating a convincing sonic environment to push the ‘story’ [...] makes the overall experience even more immersive”
Johan Wadsten, Merging Technologies
audio integrator to ensure maximum performance and maintain the proper look or sightlines for the show.” In this regard, discreet speaker solutions with minimal – or non- existent – visual impact can be distinctly advantageous. “Concealed speakers work well,
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which pair all-weather ability “with well-defined coverage angles and throw capabilities”; to Tannoy’s DVS Series, whose certification to IP64, remarks Copeland, makes it “a perfectly capable performer in challenging interior areas such as water parks or general outdoor areas where
more advanced digital playback systems, the power consumption, weight and dimension of onboard audio systems is reduced.” But while it is now easier to specify products off-the-shelf, the exacting requirements of individual rides mean that customised solutions are
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