Soundwebâ„¢ London components offer more sophisticated programming capability, which is crucial for smooth one-day changeover
Wet â€˜n Wild, which was the worldâ€™s first water-themed amusement park when it opened in Orlando in 1977, is having its park-wide distributed audio and paging system completely replaced, with BSS Audioâ„¢ Soundwebâ„¢ London components at the heart of the new system. That system, designed and installed by Orlandoâ€™s Techni-Lux, which specializes in theme-park system design and integration, includes a BLU-80 signal processor, eight BLU-32 I/O expanders, six BLU-3 wall-mount controllers and two BLU-10 programmable controllers.
Wet 'n Wild pioneered the concept of the water park and remains one of the areaâ€™s most popular destinations. Wet â€˜n Wild's world-class thrill ride attractions include The Bomb Bay, Der Stuka, and Blue Niagara water slides, as well as The Storm and Mach 5 water chutes, the Hydra Fighter water swing ride and the Black Hole raft ride. However, the parkâ€™s distributed audio and paging system, which dated back to the parkâ€™s opening over 30 years ago, needed a complete overhaul, one that would bring it more modern capabilities such as independent zoning. Complicating the project further, local codes and Homeland Security Department regulations dictate that the parkâ€™s paging system must remain operational at all times. In a park open 16 hours a day, 365 days a year, that is a major challenge. â€œItâ€™s one weâ€™ll meet, says Tony Hansen, Head Designer at Techni-Lux, citing the companyâ€™s long history of creating sophisticated systems at theme parks. â€œAnd the Soundweb London equipment will help us meet that goal.â€?
When the installation is complete in May, Wet â€˜n Wild will have nine â€œpavilionâ€? zones. Paging and distributed audio can be configured in any manner desired throughout all of them, thanks to Soundweb Londonâ€™s programming flexibility. â€œBefore, if the park held a special event in one area that required its own audio, they would have to set up a completely separate sound system, which is not cost-effective at all,â€? says Hansen. â€œThis new system allows for completely independent audio zones, with a BLU-32 in each zone.â€? The system, which uses fiber-over-Ethernet and a CobraNetâ„¢ interface to accommodate the use of digital audio mixing consoles if desired, is designed to be able to grow as the park itself expands. â€œBSS Audioâ€™s Soundweb London delivers critical things that this project needs:â€? says Hansen, â€œflexibility of configuration, ease of use, dependability, cost-effectiveness and of course, audio quality.â€?
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