Kalahari creates soundscape with Renkus-Heinz
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
rhkalahari-intEvery Kalahari location is different
USA - Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is known for its waterparks, family-friendly vacations, and comprehensive meeting and events facilities. Kalahari is also known for effectively tying all these uses together through a unified experience. This is done with curation of custom artwork from African artisans, music sourced from across Africa, and top-of-the-line technology and entertainment.
“Every Kalahari location is different,” says 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 223,000sq.ft indoor waterpark - the firm relied on Renkus-Heinz to provide impressive and intelligible sound.
“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 says. “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 you want it 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 IconyxIC8-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.
“When you turn it on and hear it, you find yourself incredibly impressed by the clarity and quality Renkus-Heinz provides,” Fuchs adds. “We’ve integrated a 27-by-36ft video wall in one area that overlooks the wave pool. The plan is to utilise 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 cenre. The bowling alley has two TX82 two-way, Complex Conic loudspeakers and two TX112S high performance subwoofers. The fun centre 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 says. “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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