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L-Acoustics Immerses The Flyer At San Francisco’s Pier 39

X12 and 5XT loudspeakers with SB18 subs and LA4X amplified controllers reinforce attraction offering bird’s eye view of the city with HD film footage.

By PSW Staff May 13, 2019

The Flyer - San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 39 features an L-Acoustics loudspeaker system specified by Québec-based Triotech

The new flyover theater attraction, The Flyer – San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 39, gives both tourists and locals alike a bird’s eye view of the city using cinematic artistry and HD film footage captured with the help of drones and helicopters, and blended with computer-generated imagery.

Visitors may be even more dazzled by the attraction’s audio thanks to an engaging cinematic soundtrack played back through an immersive sound system from L-Acoustics.

The soundtrack and sound effects were written, created and produced by Mathieu Vachon, audio director for Triotech, the Québec-based company behind The Flyer – San Francisco. Triotech’s latest creation follows a fast-paced point-of-view narrative that both documents the city and brings it vividly to life using the same jib, track, drone and other types of cameras employed by Hollywood films.

The Flyer – San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 39 (Credit: Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

At The Flyer – San Francisco, three coaxial L-Acoustics X12 loudspeakers are positioned in an LCR array across the front of the attraction’s theater, behind its 1,100-square-foot (50×22-foot) screen.

Two rows of tiny 5XT loudspeakers are mounted on the rear walls for the surround elements—one pair per side, covering and upper and lower seats—while four SB18 subwoofers compete the discrete 5.1 system, which is powered and processed by two LA4X amplified controllers.

Montréal-based Solotech integrated the audio complement for Triotech in conjunction with L-Acoustics’ Andre Pichette, who performed the final system calibration via the manufacturer’s LA Network Manager software.

When The Flyer experience begins, 28 seated guests, suspended on an active-motion platform, embark on an immersive, high-definition “flight” through some of the Bay Area’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Marin Headlands, Chinatown, the Castro and more, propelled by Vachon’s energetic score brought to life on the L-Acoustics sound system.

“The soundtrack is extremely dynamic and exciting, and it also follows the emotions of the film very closely,” says Vachon, who adds that it took three months to envision, compose, record and mix. “But once we were finally on site at Pier 39 and I heard it played through the L-Acoustics sound system, I thought, ‘Wow.’ It was even better than in the studio. The score is huge and orchestral, and these loudspeakers make it feel so alive. The highs are crisp and clear, and the subs deliver a nice solid low end. Combined with the video, the final result is breathtaking, and the L-Acoustics system is a big part of The Flyer’s success.”




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