Meyer Sound announced the release of MAPP 3D, the largest upgrade to its system design tool since the original MAPP Online software program was introduced in 2001. MAPP 3D works on both the Mac and Windows platforms, employs local processing (no Internet connection required) and is now available as a free download from the Meyer Sound website.
MAPP 3D provides three-dimensional renderings of predicted sound system performance within wire-frame venue drawings. MAPP 3D now offers complete integration with the GALAXY Network Platform and Compass control software for a workflow from initial design through on-site 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.
In addition to traditional calibration test signal sources, MAPP 3D supports M‑Noise, an emerging industry standard 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.
The combination of a user-friendly interface and integration with GALAXY processors — and easy import of SketchUp (SKP) and AutoCAD (DXF) files — will afford 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 defined, even within complex architecture. Line arrays can be configured and automatically splayed for uniform coverage, and multiple system options can be evaluated simultaneously.
In addition, MAPP 3D 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 synchronize these settings 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.
Because MAPP 3D includes precise sensitivity data for all Meyer Sound loudspeakers, it can display real-world SPL and attenuation predictions. The inclusion of sensitivity coupled with M-Noise compatibility also provides highly accurate predictions of system headroom. Accurate headroom predictions alleviate any tendency to overdesign systems, leading to greater cost efficiencies in the final specification.
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. Also, MAPP 3D predictions are accurate across the full bandwidth of all loudspeakers, including as low as 12.5 Hz for the VLFC low-frequency control element.
The upgraded graphics and user interface in MAPP 3D provide options for design and performance analysis. System designers can insert simple 3D geometry to reveal array behavior outside the audience area. Layers can be turned on and off to speed workflow. Prediction planes are quickly created from imported drawings with a “Snapping” tool. In addition, multiple prediction planes in large venues with symmetrical sections can be created quickly using linear and angular extrusion combined with the “Mirror” and “Align” tools.
MAPP 3D is compatible with most recent computers running either Windows 10 or Mac OS versions 10.5.6 Catalina or later. A quad-core processor and at least 8 GB of RAM are recommended as well. MAPP 3D is available as a free download as of Aug. 19, 2020.