Leading theme park technology company, Tejix, has provided the onboard audio system for a Tom & Jerry spinning coaster ride at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.
Tom & Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin is a highlight of the mega indoor theme park’s Cartoon Junction world.
Ride manufacturer, Zamperla, asked Tejix to design an onboard sound system that would playback the thundering soundtrack in synch with the coaster’s twists and turns.
According to Tejix, there were a number of challenges:
“The difficulties were the limited available space on board, as well as the need to lock the spinning vehicle precisely once in the station, to enable contact with the charging pads,” explains the company.
The embedded logic was specially designed for the attraction, ensuring the soundtrack is precisely synchronised with the track layout.
The system was designed in Tokyo, where engineer, Akio Takeda, mapped out the best strategy regarding the choice of loudspeakers and their locations in the vehicle.
System performs ‘beyond our expectations’
“After careful thought, I finally opted for a bi-amplified system using powerful coaxial speakers,” explained Takedo. “I also designed a subwoofer assembly that fits at the back of the seats.”
The energy required to run the system is stored in powerful capacitors. They power the amplifiers, audio player and the logic circuitry. It takes less than 30 seconds to recharge the capacitors to full strength while the train is stopped at the station.
The initial tests were carried out at Zamperla’s engineering works in Italy. Final touches to the programming and audio tuning were carried out onsite in Abu Dhabi.
“These tests have shown that performance goes beyond our expectations, both in terms of audio, charging and discharging times,” reports Tejix. “Assembled from a handful of proven components, the system is very simple to operate and maintain.”
Main image courtesy Warner Bros. World