Meyer Sound MAPP 3D upgrade offers predicted sound performance

Meyer Sound has released MAPP 3D, an upgrade to its original MAPP Online software program introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D employs local processing (so there’s no need for a network connection) and provides highly accurate, three-dimensional renderings of predicted sound system performance within detailed, wire-frame venue drawings.

The free download also integrates with the Galileo GALAXY Network Platform and Compass control software, for a seamless workflow from initial design through to on-site fine tuning. 

Comprehensive processing parameters for complex systems can be optimized using MAPP 3D predictions, with the resulting processor settings pushed directly into multiple GALAXY processors.

The software supports both traditional calibration test signal sources, and the emerging M-Noise standard, used to determine the maximum linear SPL for music. This combination provides the industry’s most accurate prediction of a sound system’s maximum capability when reproducing music, says the company.

As MAPP 3D includes sensitivity data for all Meyer Sound loudspeakers, it can display predictions as real-world SPL as well as attenuation. The inclusion of sensitivity coupled with M-Noise compatibility also promises highly accurate predictions of system headroom.  

MAPP 3D loudspeaker performance is based on more than 65,000 three-dimensional measurement points, taken in 1/48th-octave resolution in the Meyer Sound anechoic chamber. 

“The release of MAPP 3D marks a milestone in the development of sound system design software, not only for Meyer Sound, but for the industry as a whole,” explains Perrin Meyer, Meyer Sound director of emerging technologies. “The detail in the renderings is spectacular and the flexibility of the user interface is unprecedented, but what really sets MAPP 3D apart is the extreme accuracy of the predictions. What you measure with MAPP 3D’s virtual microphones is precisely what you will see in measurements from real microphones.”

The combination of a streamlined UI and seamless integration with GALAXY processors, including the importing of SketchUp (SKP) and AutoCAD (DXF) files, affords time and cost savings in both system design and on-site optimization. With multiple views and fingertip control of a free-rotation tool, audience areas can be quickly defined, even within complex architecture. Line arrays can be quickly configured and automatically splayed for uniform coverage, and multiple system options can be evaluated simultaneously.

MAPP 3D also enables system designers to perform virtual system optimization in the design phase. MAPP 3D includes virtual GALAXY signal processors, allowing the designer to add and configure processors, view prediction results, and later sync these directly to the hardware processors on site. Complete output processing functions of all GALAXY processor models are available, and a copy and paste feature can be used to replicate settings in one or more other processing channels.

“When working with predictions in MAPP 3D, you can be confident that your virtual loudspeakers will behave exactly as the physical models tested in the anechoic chamber,” says Todd Meier, Meyer Sound director of product management, “as will the loudspeakers in the final installed system. In addition, self-powering eliminates variables associated with external powering, such as amplifier type, amplifier output configuration and loudspeaker cable length, all of which add complexity and introduce a potential for error in other proprietary prediction tools.”

Available as a free download, MAPP 3D is available in Windows 10 or Mac OS versions 10.5.6 Catalina or later.