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K-array flexible speakers provide audio for fairytale re-enactments

Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park in Norway has opened a new outdoor exhibition re-enacting a familiar Norwegian fairytale with K-array KAN200 Anakonda flexible array speakers selected for the PA system.

The exhibition takes visitors through the park’s forest for a live re-enactment of ‘Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen’ (Climbing Mouse and the Other Animals in the Hunchback Wood) by Thorbjørn Egner. The ride is an open-air train that travels through the woods with several stopping points along the way to watch the most famous scenes from the book acted out by a cast of 30 actors.

TL Production, the company that provides technical solutions for the park, contacted the Danish installer MAVT Midtjysk to create an integrated sound system linking the different stages while providing clear and competent speech without interference from the trees and other outside elements.

The KAN200 Anakonda was selected for the main PA on the exhibit’s four-wagon trains with two of the flexible speakers on each wagon paired with a KMT12P subwoofer powered by a KA24 amplifier. An additional set was installed as a monitor in the central control station to provide the sound tech with synched audio.

The Anakonda is K-array’s flexible, 2m array element with eight 1in Neodymium magnet transducers with a 0.75in voice coil that can handle up to 150W of power with a maximum SPL output of 102dB.

The audio system was developed in Denmark where sound designer Jan Juul Hansen created a customised, 6m built-in compartment on the overhead trellis of the wagon to house and hide the Anakondas. It was then shipped to the train facility in Haren EMS, Germany, where they were assembled on the trains, before being sent to the Norwegian zoo.

Once the trains were ready for implementation, the Anakondas were linked to a complex system that mixed the actors’ speech with music tracks for final audio output and that the actors can remotely control.

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