TiMax in control at Treetop Golf Gateshead
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
timaxThe new golf facility is located in Gateshead’s Metrocentre
UK - The fifth Treetop Golf venue - newly arrived in Gateshead’s Metrocentre shopping precinct - represents an acceleration in theatrical vision for the themed leisure brand. The recently completed installation was carried out by Reading-based Full Production - with audio by Dan Roncoroni of RavenAV - and features two 18-hole family-focused golf courses: one a Tropical Trail and the other an Ancient Explorer Trail.
Both courses benefit from high resolution 3D, object-based immersive soundscape environments, as well as show-stopping automated moments, created by the show control capabilities of TiMax SoundHub.
One TiMax SoundHub-S32 with Dante networked I/O manages the three holes per course where the themed appeal is brought to life with lighting and animated immersive audio. On the Tropical Trail area, the scene is set with accurately localised audio objects such as birdsong which travels from shrubbery up to tree level and down to another area of low shrubbery and back again - as well as accurately placed insect and animal noises and actions which are enhanced with tree shakers.
EM Acoustics EMS-41 ultra-compact two-way passive loudspeakers, powered by Powersoft Unica amplifiers, provide the distributed reinforcement, hidden and disguised within scenic birdhouses.
Dan explains: “We used TiMax just to make it special and believable: when you shut your eyes you are in the middle of a jungle. You can hear the content localised accurately anywhere you are in that space, as TiMax does a really good job at handling audio objects. It’s more immersive, the loudspeakers disappear, and you just hear the content. You don't hear where it's coming from.”
To be expected on the ‘stand out’ holes, the win-or-lose moments have a high degree of automation, both audio and visual. Themed characters, such as Baron Von Batwing (the vampire bat) in the Ancient Explorer area, have a wide selection of comments to make about golfing performances.
The AV content - 80% of which is new for the Gateshead site, produced in 4K for spatial audio by sound designer, Dave Shepherd - is executed in randomised loops scripted in QLab on this occasion rather than in TiMax, to help keep the content fresh for customers and staff alike.
Audio consultant and TiMax specialist, Dan Roncoroni’s involvement with Treetop Golf started when Full Production MD, Steve Richardson, approached him for assistance with audio improvements at an existing venue in Birmingham. Full Production had already taken the lighting and visual elements at the Midlands attraction to a whole other level in order to provide a stand-out experience for customers and pushed for audio quality to match.
Steve Richardson commented: “Dan did a great job, as he always does for us. We were keen to push the spatial audio elements on this project following our work together in St Michael’s Cave in Gibraltar (also with a TiMax system).
“The installation on this site ran for around eight months and a lot came down to design and build after system designs and schematics were submitted. Having the flexibility of the TiMax system in our minds gave us a whole other level of confidence that last-minute changes could be dealt with efficiently. Ultimately, we are proud of the product we have delivered - it truly does sound breathtakingly good.”

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