It’s pretty funny. 16 years ago Disneyland Paris opened the first roller coaster in the World with an on-board sound system. That ride was not Space Mountain, it was a kiddy coaster called Casey Jr. Le Petit Train du Cirque.
And now here we are in 2010. The Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the entire World, and should have relatively limitless resources. Yet they can’t put a proper on-board audio system on their flagship ride. Instead they resort to a cheap off-board system that sounds like a broken merry-go-round.
Talk about progress 🙂
I rode it on Monday and I like the sound. I don’t think it sounds cheap. It does have a “night club” feel. The Omega side was louder and better than the Alpha side. That is of course my opinion. I only had the opportunity to ride each side once. Overall it is a nice addition.
Good point. I only had a chance to ride one of the two available sides – as you approach from the queue, it was the left one (not sure if that is Alpha or Omega). I’ll have to try the other next time and see if it sounds any fuller. I like the music and the sound, just not the empty gaps between them.
The new music makes me so sad! I loved the old, weird discordant music!
Ummmmmm, excuse me Alex…. There never was music in this ride before….hence the reason it is news!! I am not sure what you miss?? Honestly, I thought there was music before but I then realized Its all the screaming that I remember, yep, defiantly no music before! I just went on it today and I personally loved it!! So did my teenaged kids. I am hoping to get a cd with it or a download because it’s Disney…very happy mood making music! Certainly did NOT make me sass at all, I couldn’t get that upbeat song out of my head all day! I suggest before people knock it, try it!
I think Alex is talking about the exit music not the music on the ride that he misses
Something I want to add, Ricky, your on-ride audio recording came out really well. Great job. Have you made some upgrades to your equipment, or is it just an experience with a lot of positional audio changes, that records well in binaural?
Thanks. I rode through 3 times and selected the recording that came out best. I also used wind screens on the mics to ensure that the audio would come through. Other than that, no changes.
Are wind screens those little black foam buds that Paul Barrie always has in his ears? They definitely created a more professional sound to your recording. Even walking through the queue, it sounded more like a professional production and less like a typical vacation video. Have you used them before, or was this their inaugural trip?
Yes, except mine are skin tone, not black. The color helps disguise them a bit more. 😉 I very rarely use them, as they do look a bit odd and I try not to attract any unneeded attention toward myself while recording in the parks. But if you noticed that much of an improvement, perhaps I should use them more often.
Thanks for the answer. Yes, you should definitely use them more often, because they really make a different to the sound quality. It would be interesting to hear some of the other fast rides (such as Expedition Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster) recorded with them.
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