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The 900X Audio Repeater can deliver your prerecorder audio effects accurately on time or on demand. Actors can trigger audio repeater themselves or sync with your prop animations.

As many of you haunters know, your audio can play a huge part in setting a great ambiance within your haunted attraction. And perhaps just as important, if not more important than the background audio of your haunt, is the audio or audio effects that go along with your haunt props or when your actors and actresses execute their scare. That audio can be so important in building up to your scare. I just can’t stress enough how each scare needs to have some type of audio to go along with it. But keep in mind it must be something that fits the scene or at least fits the scare that’s about to take place.

So what do I mean by audio that fits the scene or scare? Pretty simple I think…let me try and explain. So you got your spooky haunted house music playing in the background, which may or may not be right for the scene, but that’s not what this post is about. Your patrons enter your haunt room which lets just say is a boiler room or some type of mechanical room of a building, so you got background sounds of some type of equipment running on a loop, but that’s not what this post is about either. Your guests are now right in the middle of your haunt room. They are aware that they are in some type of buildings mechanical room. They hear a heating system or something running. And for the most part all seems well. But just then, this new sound emerges. It’s kind of faint but sounds as though the plumbing pipes are clanging together. It seams to be getting louder and they think the plumbing pipes are starting to come apart. As it gets louder, it’s now sounding as though some type of high pressure relief valve is purging and it continues to get louder yet. And finally, all the sudden this horrifically loud crash just as your actor or actress comes jumping out of a dark corner behind the boiler, scaring the tar out of your patrons. That’s what I’m talking about.

The point of this type of audio effect is not just to add to your background audio, but to add another element to your guests experience in your attraction. This new element allows you as the actor to activate at just the right time, to build up the intensity and anticipation of your up and coming scare point. Just like in a horror movie with the tense audio leading up to the scare, this additional audio effect can take your second or two of scare time, and stretch it throughout the duration of your added audio effect. Not to mention making the actual scare point even better. This happens do to the fact of delivering unfamiliar sounds to your guests. Upon first entering the room, they had already formed a general impression of the room. Seamed like a normal mechanical room. Then the new sounds began making the guests aware that perhaps things weren’t quite as they initially seamed. And finally, the executed scare.

These additional audio or sound effects can be delivered with precision timing by means of an audio repeater. An audio repeater is simply a device capable of storing your prerecorded audio track and playing it on demand, when the audio repeater is triggered. It can be triggered by several means; pressure switch, a motion sensor, passive infra-red, or by a switch operated by an actor or actress are some common methods. NOTE: This switch could be activating a prop or some other type of effects while at the same time triggering the audio repeater, depending on how the trigger is connected to whatever it is controlling.

Audio repeaters typically have an output which is “line level”. So in nearly all cases will require the repeater be used with an additional amplification sound system such as a PA system or a perhaps just a home stereo. Their trigger system, which it likely supplies its own power for, will need to be wired out to some type of switching devise such as a push-button or motion sensor. Their input voltage in many cases are 115 volts AC, however some companies offer a version that can be power by DC voltage using batteries.

Haunt audio in general is such an over looked area in many haunts. And using audio effects as part of your scares in many cases is just plain forgotten or never thought of. As I began this post, the audio you choose can add so much to a haunt room, but being able to add additional audio effects on demand to go right along with your scare makes the experience that much better. Your actors will be able to sync their grand scare point right into the audio effects with a little practice. Or you can adjust your props animations to fit the audio as well. Give it a try this next haunt season and let me know how you utilized additional audio effects with your haunt.
-Kelly