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Audio Takes Wing at SF Attraction

A virtual bird’s eye view of the town completes its vision with sound.

San Francisco, CA (May 13, 2019)—The Flyer – San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 39 is a new flyover theater attraction that provides a bird’s eye view of the city using footage captured created with drones, helicopters and CGI. Accompanying the visuals is a massive audio system created by Triotech, the Québec-based company behind the attraction, that provides the soundtrack and sound effects written, created and produced by Mathieu Vachon, audio director for Triotech.

At The Flyer – San Francisco, three coaxial L-Acoustics X12 loudspeakers are positioned in an LCR array across the front of the attraction’s theater, behind its 1,100-square-foot (50’x22′) screen. Two rows of tiny 5XT speakers are mounted on the rear walls for the surround elements—one pair per side, covering and upper and lower seats—while four SB18 subwoofers compete the discrete 5.1 system, which is powered and processed by two LA4X amplified controllers.

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Montréal-based Solotech integrated the audio complement for Triotech in conjunction with L-Acoustics’ Andre Pichette, who performed the final system calibration via the manufacturer’s LA Network Manager software.

When The Flyer experience begins, 28 seated guests, suspended on an active-motion platform, embark on an immersive, high-definition “flight” through some of the Bay Area’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Marin Headlands, Chinatown, the Castro and more, propelled by Vachon’s score via the L-Acoustics sound system.

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“The soundtrack is extremely dynamic and exciting, and it also follows the emotions of the film very closely,” says Vachon, who adds that it took three months to envision, compose, record and mix. “But once we were finally on site at Pier 39 and I heard it played through the L-Acoustics sound system, I thought, ‘Wow!’ It was even better than in the studio. The score is huge and orchestral, and these loudspeakers make it feel so alive. The highs are crisp and clear, and the subs deliver a nice solid low end. Combined with the video, the final result is breathtaking, and the L-Acoustics system is a big part of The Flyer’s success.”

The Flyer – San Francisco

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