Renkus-Heinz Adds Immersive Audio to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Cutting-Edge Theater

Credit Courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific has opened its “aquarium of the future,” called Pacific Visions, which features a breathtaking immersive theater, multiple interactive art installations, and hands-on multimedia displays. Key to making the immersive component of the 300- capacity theater work is perfectly positioned sound provided by Renkus-Heinz.

“To create something that truly impresses people today you can’t install just one thing,” said Brian Edwards, owner of Edwards Technologies, the integration firm that designed and installed the theater AV and FX system at Aquarium of the Pacific. “You need to understand the enabling technologies at play. You have to look at it from an IoT (Internet of Things) and network level, and you need to understand how the visual and audio components work together to create the memories people take with them when they leave the space.”

Brian said he approaches all of his installations with the idea that stories—and the way they are told—are crucial to the human experience. A well told story, he says, spreads an idea, entertains, and inspires. For the Aquarium of the Pacific, the goal is to engage with visitors in a way that immerses them within the vision of a future where humanity has used innovation to address pressing environmental concerns.

One critical component to achieving that experience, Edwards says, is the sound. To provide an immersive audio experience, the theater installation features multiple Renkus-Heinz products—including 29 speakers from the company’s cutting-edge ICLive X Series.

The ICLive X is Renkus-Heinz’ flexible and scalable solution for precision positioning of sound. The high-output, digitally steerable arrays can be arranged into combinations up to 12 cabinets tall and feature RHAON II beam-steering and control.

The installation also features nine Renkus-Heinz speakers from the company’s C-Series, a Strong/MDI Screen & Frame, Panasonic PT-RQ22KU 4K Laser Projectors, a Seventh Sense Infinity-4-3600 Media Server, Medialon Showmaster LE show control processor, Blackmagic Design ATEM video presentation processors and ATEM console, an Extron SMP 111 Streaming Media processor, a QSC Q-SYS Core 510 audio processor, and a Yamaha QL-1 audio mixer.