The new Statue of Liberty Museum, which opened in May this year, sought the help of QSC’s Q-SYS Ecosystem to create an immersive audio experience for visitors.
The Museum is located on Ellis Island Jersey City and is expected to host over 4 million global visitors annually. Managed by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the museum will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn the story of the iconic symbol of immigration in the United States.
A Q-SYS Enterprise Core processor processes and routes network audio throughout the three main galleries in the 26,000 ft² museum. “The design of the sound system was critical to the overall success of the project,” explained Steve Haas of SH Acoustics. “Q-SYS has a seemingly endless number of tools to direct the audio experience.” The tour begins in the Immersive Theatre, where visitors are immersed in both information and supporting soundscapes as they are guided through the history of the Statue of Liberty. All audio tracks are stored as .wav files on the Core processor’s onboard media drive and played back via its built-in multitrack player through a huge matrix mixer that routes the tracks to the appropriate loudspeakers in the exhibit.
Sound effects were used to further enhance the overall immersive quality in the galleries. For example, oral histories from one gallery are punctuated by cannon shots from another gallery. “Q-SYS offered more than enough flexibility for what we were trying to create,” said sound designer Jeremy Bloom. “Each individual piece of the exhibit features a unique soundscape that complements nearby areas. From the complex routing to the equalization options, Q-SYS truly helped us deliver an exciting and educational experience.”
Three global volume settings – one for three possible crowd sizes – were programmed into the design and activated via a third-party control system. This gives staff a ‘one-touch’ volume solution that lets them focus on running the museum.
Additionally, six QSC CX302 amplifiers provide power to the “Becoming Liberty” exhibit. These two-channel low-Z power amplifiers feature a DataPort connector that allows for networked control and monitoring via Q-SYS. “This was a complicated project to design and deploy,” shared Haas, “but the end result is really spectacular.”