Dec 15, 2020 IPM News Attractions, News, North America, Technology & Media, Themed Resorts/Hotels, Water Parks, World markets Comments Off on Renkus-Heinz technology steers sound towards Kalahari Resort guests
Well known for its waterparks, family-friendly vacations, and comprehensive meeting and events facilities, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions also has a reputation for effectively tying all these uses together through a unified experience. This is accomplished with custom artwork from African artisans, music sourced from across Africa, and top-of-the-line technology and entertainment.
“Every Kalahari location is unique,” said Rebecca Fuchs, Senior Design Consultant with Conference Technologies Inc. “Kalahari has made it a point to create an authentic and impressive experience at every location within a resort. That includes everything from the art and souvenirs, to the water temperature, to the AV they use.”
Conference Technologies Inc. recently completed a full integration of the newest Kalahari resort in Round Rock, Texas. And for many locations on the premises – including the 223,000 square foot indoor waterpark – the firm relied on Renkus-Heinz to provide its sound solution.
“Inside the waterpark you have high ceilings, high volumes of people in the space, and you’re trying to cover an extremely large area,” Fuchs said. “The ask here is that you have music and sound that is not just fun but creates an element of emotion and excitement. You need to connect with it. And to do that, you need it to be intelligible. It can’t just be really loud sound coming out of the speaker. It has to be strategic. So, we turned to Renkus-Heinz.”
The waterpark leverages multiple Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers within the space – many of which make use of the company’s impressive digitally steerable solutions. Digitally steerable beams allow for sound to be positioned precisely where they’re wanted most: on the audience. This is a critical consideration for large locations such as a waterpark, where traditional loudspeakers are apt to bounce sound off reverberant surfaces and result in decreased audio quality.
Renkus-Heinz steerable solutions within the waterpark include: two IC Live F-DUAL-RD arrays, seven ICONYX IC8-RDO arrays, and four ICONYX IC16-RDO arrays. The installation also makes use of two ICL-F-215S-RN subwoofers and eight P3-64 high directivity, high output loudspeakers that use Renkus-Heinz’ Complex Conic technology. All arrays are weather resistant to withstand humidity within the park.
The result is sound placed precisely where waterpark visitors are located.
“When you turn it on and hear it, you find yourself incredibly impressed by the clarity and quality Renkus-Heinz provides,” Fuchs said. “We’ve integrated a 27-by-36 foot video wall in one area that overlooks the wave pool. The plan is to utilize the great sound in conjunction with a vast library of music videos and custom Kalahari content. The Renkus-Heinz speakers are going to make for a very impressive experience.”
Renkus-Heinz solutions are also integrated in an on-site bowling alley and a family fun center. The bowling alley has two TX82 two-way, Complex Conic loudspeakers and two TX112S high performance subwoofers. The fun center has 13 ICONYX IC8-RDO arrays providing perfectly positioned audio using digital beam steering.
Renkus-Heinz provided on-site commissioning of the arrays, ensuring precision placement of the digitally steered beams.
“The moment the system commissioning was complete it sounded just absolutely incredible,” Fuchs said. “We talk about how Kalahari wants to create an experience. The reality is a well-crafted experience creates memories. And Renkus-Heinz is providing the sound that will make a lot of memories.”
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