Warren, WI (June 6, 2006)–Once upon a time, Jellystone Park was a fictional place where Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo stole picnic baskets and basically drove the ranger crazy. These days, folks head to Wisconsin to visit the real thing; maybe there’s no criminal-minded bears on hand, but the resort garners many visitors all the same, in part due to the Three Bears Indoor Water Resort, which sports a Community loudspeaker system.
Community’s R.5-94TX loudspeakers overcome the aquatic ambient noice at Jellystone Park in Warren, WI.The indoor water resort is a 48,000 square foot indoor facility with a lazy river, wave pool, indoor/outdoor pond and activity pools. “Probably the biggest challenge was to create a system that could overcome the ambient noise level, and was intelligible without being overpowering,” said Scott Miller, president of Orono, MN-based WAVS, Inc.
Indeed, the sound generated by the splashing of thousands of gallons of water, combined with the pumps and other mechanical equipment and the rides is amply augmented by the acoustics of the building itself. “It’s a big indoor space with high ceilings, plenty of glass and lots of laminated wood,” Miller noted. “There’s a background noise level of anywhere from 81 to 88 dB, even before you add in the sounds of several hundred screaming and splashing kids.”
The sound system, designed primarily for background music and paging purposes, features 42 of Community’s R.5-94TX loudspeakers, set up in clusters throughout the space, on poles and replicated trees. The speakers, running in 70V distributed mode, are powered by QSC CX series amplifiers. A pair of R.5-99TX speakers are mounted outdoors by the hot tub area as well. A Symetrix auto-leveling controller handles signal routing, while a Rane processor covers DSP and equalization chores. Music playback is courtesy of an Onkyo unit playing MP3 DVD disks.
“We had originally looked at the Community R.5 because it was an outdoor speaker, and even though it’s an indoor space, we figured it would be a good choice, given that the environment had a lot of chemicals in the air,” Miller recalled. “But once we looked at the R.5 more closely, it was clear that it was ideal in other ways as well. It’s got a very pure pattern control, which is great for such a live space. And it’s got a great, full image sound quality as well. It’s not easy to find a speaker that offers that level of throw and intelligibility and can still deliver good, full-range sound.”
The new venue opened its doors this spring, and Miller reports both client and guests are exceptionally pleased with the system’s performance. “Of course, they’re all too busy making noise to notice how good it sounds,” Miller joked.