Community Pro lands Diggerland USA29 July 2014
Construction-themed adventure park Diggerland USA recently opened in West Berlin, New Jersey, having been equipped with Community Professional R and D Series loudspeakers.
Diggerland – which already had four locations in the UK prior to the US installment – allows visitors to ride on and operate construction machinery, play arcade games and hold birthday parties at the park across the 14-acre site.
Spellcaster Productions of Hammonton, New Jersey, designed and installed the park’s audio systems. Challenges came in the form of varying ambient noise levels and combinations of outdoor, indoor and covered open-air areas. A design based on Community R Series loudspeakers for the outdoor areas and D Series pendant and ceiling loudspeakers for the indoor and open-air areas was found to be the most suitable solution.
Spellcaster’s Mike Shafer chose Community Professional R.15COAX loudspeakers for the outdoor short-throw, fill and walkway areas and R.35-3896 three-way loudspeakers for the long-throw applications.
Diggerland USA’s indoor spaces have dropped ceilings with very little space between the ceiling and the roof deck. Shafer used Community’s D4LP four-inch, low-profile ceiling loudspeakers which fit in the restricted space and left room for wiring. For the covered open-area spaces such as the games arcade, he used DP6 pendant loudspeakers which brought the sound down below the ceiling beams and vibration isolated the loudspeakers from the metal roof. The overall park loudspeaker system is a 70-volt distributed design that used over 12,000ft of loudspeaker cable.
Spellcaster used Ashly amplifiers and an Ashly NE24.24M DSP to manage the park audio systems. The team also added a park-wide Wi-Fi system that allows Diggerland USA technical personnel to adjust the audio systems from any point in the park with an iPad. In addition, Spellcaster integrated the audio system with the park’s CCTV cameras and security systems.
Diggerland USA plays music and advertising messages over their audio system with a live DJ for special events. Paging is available from any park telephone and Shure wireless mics are available for parties and other special events.