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MAPP 3DSystem Design and Prediction Tool


MAPP 3D

A Smarter Way to Visualize Sound System Performance

A New Dimension in System Design

MAPP 3D, a free software application for macOS and Windows, is a powerful, multipurpose sound system design tool that delivers precise, high-resolution predictions of sound energy distribution in a three-dimensional sound field. From preproduction to post-show analysis, work faster and smarter with the ability to streamline processes and consolidate designs in one simple, accurate 3D model.

Prediction on a Whole New Plane

Three-dimensional modeling brings new levels of detail and ease to system design, making it easier to visualize complex models, measure off-axis response, and compare performance across sections of a venue. In addition to traditional calibration signal sources, MAPP 3D supports M‑Noise, an emerging industry standard for determining the maximum linear SPL with music.

Seamless Workflow, from Design to Integration

With MAPP 3D, system design, prediction, optimization, and control are brought together in one streamlined workflow, thanks to seamless integration with Meyer Sound’s Galileo GALAXY Network Platform and Compass control software. Now, it’s easy to sculpt a system and hone design ideas offline before even setting foot in the venue. Create full system layouts, connect and sync to virtual or physical GALAXY devices, then use MAPP 3D or Compass to make real-time changes to output processing.

Inside an Intuitive Interface

From system design to on-site optimization to post-event analysis, MAPP 3D simplifies workflows and streamlines crew resources. MAPP 3D’s intuitive interface supports multiple loudspeakers, arrays, and measurement microphones. You can input multiple systems, build immersive systems, model gradient subwoofer arrays, and other custom configurations. Layer-management features make quick work of refining models. MAPP 3D software relies on local processing; no Internet connection is required.


Take Your Ideas From Concept to Reality

Full Design Visualization

No venue drawings? No problem. Build and refine three-dimensional designs down to the smallest detail with MAPP 3D’s suite of sophisticated design tools, from a built-in drawing program to a collection of design objects representing a range of traditional stage shapes. MAPP 3D can import CAD, and SketchUp files, and can snap to objects within the imported files—there’s no guesswork, no tedious typing in coordinates.

Precision You Can Trust

You’ll be making fewer onsite adjustments, thanks to superior accuracy in every step of system design: 3D loudspeaker performance is based on more than 65,000 three-dimensional measurement points, taken in 1/48th-octave resolution in Meyer Sound’s anechoic chamber. Predictions are accurate across a full frequency bandwidth, extending as low as 12.5 Hz. In short, your results with MAPP 3D’s virtual microphones will be the same as results achieved using physical microphones.

Predict Linear Performance with M‑Noise

Highly linear sound systems deliver consistent response at any output level. In addition to traditional testing signals, MAPP 3D uses M‑Noise to predict headroom and linear peak SPL with music. MAPP 3D’s ability to store and recall traces makes it easy to view combined systems and verify headroom. Because MAPP 3D includes sensitivity data for all Meyer Sound loudspeakers, it can display predictions as real-world SPL as well as attenuation.

Leveraging the Advantages of Powered Systems

MAPP 3D leverages the inherent advantages of working with loudspeakers that are self-powered and manufactured to extremely tight tolerances for uniformity of performance. Self-powered systems remove prediction variables such as amplifier type, amplifier output configuration, and loudspeaker cable length, which translates to a simpler, more accurate design process.

    

Full Design Visualization

No venue drawings? No problem. Build and refine three-dimensional designs down to the smallest detail with MAPP 3D’s suite of sophisticated design tools, from a built-in drawing program to a collection of design objects representing a range of traditional stage shapes. MAPP 3D can import CAD, and SketchUp files, and can snap to objects within the imported files—there’s no guesswork, no tedious typing in coordinates.

 

Precision You Can Trust

You’ll be making fewer onsite adjustments, thanks to superior accuracy in every step of system design: 3D loudspeaker performance is based on more than 65,000 three-dimensional measurement points, taken in 1/48th-octave resolution in Meyer Sound’s anechoic chamber. Predictions are accurate across a full frequency bandwidth, extending as low as 12.5 Hz. In short, your results with MAPP 3D’s virtual microphones will be the same as results achieved using physical microphones.

 

Predict Linear Performance with M‑Noise

Highly linear sound systems deliver consistent response at any output level. In addition to traditional testing signals, MAPP 3D uses M‑Noise to predict headroom and linear peak SPL with music. MAPP 3D’s ability to store and recall traces makes it easy to view combined systems and verify headroom. Because MAPP 3D includes sensitivity data for all Meyer Sound loudspeakers, it can display predictions as real-world SPL as well as attenuation.

 

Leveraging the Advantages of Powered Systems

MAPP 3D leverages the inherent advantages of working with loudspeakers that are self-powered and manufactured to extremely tight tolerances for uniformity of performance. Self-powered systems remove prediction variables such as amplifier type, amplifier output configuration, and loudspeaker cable length, which translates to a simpler, more accurate design process.

 

MAPP 3D Release Notes

Loudspeaker Data Update: October 1, 2020
  • 1100-LFC
Loudspeaker Data Update: September 3, 2020
  • Acheron 80
  • Acheron 100
  • Acheron Designer
  • Acheron Studio
  • HMS-5
  • HMS-10
  • HMS-12
  • HMS-15 AC
  • X-400C
  • X-800C
  • VLFC
MAPP 3D Application Version 1.0.2

New Features

  • 3D Environment and Workflow: MAPP 3D introduces an improved workflow from its predecessor. Users can create full system layouts, connect and sync to virtual or physical GALAXY devices, use either MAPP 3D or Compass to make changes to output processing allowing for real time verification of the introduced changes. Predictions and system tuning can now be tied together in the same workflow.
  • M-Noise SPL Data: M-Noise is a new test signal that promotes standardized measurement of a loudspeaker system’s maximum linear output. It is a mathematically derived test signal that effectively emulates the dynamic characteristics of music. In any application requiring reproduction of musical content, M-Noise enables a far more accurate measurement of a loudspeaker system’s linear peak SPL than any other existing method. Because a single input type cannot reveal all the headroom capabilities of a loudspeaker on its own, MAPP 3D displays information on available headroom using different input sources. A simple SPL number on a datasheet does not reflect the essential characteristic of highly linear systems: that they do not change their sound when the level is increased. The Headroom Tab in the MAPP 3D Measurement window shows M-Noise and B-Noise for Meyer Sound Products. With the ability to store and recall traces, you can view combined systems with this data, and verify that system designs have sufficient headroom.
  • Gradient Subwoofer Array Configuration Tool: 1100-LFC, 900-LFC, 750-LFC: Meyer Sound’s LF Series products can each be configured in directional arrays to reduce SPL behind the loudspeakers. Each loudspeaker’s linearity ensures that directional patterns behave accurately, even at very high levels. Directional arrays are achieved by placing a mix of low frequency units coplanar to each other (in either a ground stacked or flown array) with some units facing the opposite direction. The output of the reversed loudspeakers cancels the output of the other loudspeakers that is normally present behind the units, while also increasing SPL directed forward. Meyer Sound has provided a tool within MAPP 3D to optimally configure gradient subwoofer arrays. Once inserted into the sound field, they can remain a gradient subwoofer array object that automatically assigns the correct delay time for the second processor channel. To override any of these automated settings, the object can be converted to a flown loudspeaker system. Gradient Subwoofer Arrays are saved in the MAPP Project File.
  • Multi-Level Auto-Splay for Flown Loudspeaker Systems: The Auto-Splay feature provides even distance coverage splay angles for flown loudspeaker systems. Select Auto-Splay from the tools menu, select the loudspeaker system you want to Auto-Splay, assign elements to each prediction plane to estimate the splay angles for the system as a starting point. The splay angles can be fine-tuned from the flown loudspeaker system settings window or from Express Settings when the array is selected. Auto-Splaying multiple arrays can be achieved by selecting a different array and repeating the process all over again. To assist in system design using the Auto-Splay window the user can reposition the array and perform predictions from the Auto-Splay window. The Auto-Splay function now includes the ability to calculate splay angels across multiple Prediction Planes for a single array. In order to produce the best results, users can take advantage of newly adjustable Aiming Factor, Smallest Splay Limit and Largest Splay Limit parameters for each Prediction Plane. To assist with choosing the Assigned Elements per Prediction Plane, an Elements Linear Coverage value is provided per plane that shows the approximate distance between center lines after Auto-Splay has been applied.
  • Measurement View: In the Measurement View, all four IFFT charts are displayed by default. Live traces can be stored and recalled to the four individual memory slots in both Headroom and Frequency & IFFT Response (SIM) modes. Gain offsets are available for Processor, Room and Result. Using the Auto-Set Delay button inserts delay on the source signal so the relative time between the source signal and the measured signal is zero. The memory trace plots display in different colors along with the live trace in all available measurement modes. The traces can be displayed or hidden on demand. Traces are stored in the MAPP Project File. Auto-Set propagation delay compensation values are microphone specific and are retained when switching between microphones.
  • LEO Family Products: LEO-M, LYON-M, LYON-W, LEOPARD and LINA are available in Flown, Ground Stacked and Individual Loudspeaker Systems.
  • LF Family Products: 1100-LFC, 900-LFC and 750-LFC, are available in Flown, Gradient, Individual, and Ground Stacked Loudspeaker Systems.
  • ULTRA-X40/42: ULTRA-X40/42 are available in N-Point and Individual Loudspeaker Systems.
  • USW-210P: USW-210P has been added to the list of available products in the Individual Loudspeaker properties window.
  • PDF Export Options: Loudspeaker System Reports and inventory can be exported as PDF documents.
  • Offline Predictions: One of the requests we’ve had from our user community is to be able to work without requiring connection to the internet. Credentials are no longer required to predict system performance. User credentials are required every 30 days to verify license authorization and to check for updates to the loudspeaker product library and to the application.
  • Loudspeaker Data: MAPP 3D Version 1.0.2 includes the following products:
    • LEO-M
    • LYON-M
    • LYON-W
    • LYON-WXT
    • LEOPARD
    • LINA
    • 1100-LFC
    • 900-LFC
    • 750-LFC
    • UPQ-D1
    • UPQ-D2
    • UPQ-D3
    • ULTRA-X40 (110×50)
    • ULTRA-X40 (50×110)
    • ULTRA-X42 (70×50)
    • ULTRA-X42 (50×70)
    • UP-4slim
    • UP-4slim W/P
    • USW-210P
    • UPQ-1P
    • UPQ-2P
    • UPA-1P
    • UPA-2P
    • UPJ-1P (80×50)
    • UPJ-1P (50×80)
    • UPJunior (50×80)
    • UPJunior (80×50)
    • UP-4XP
    • MINA
    • JM-1P
    • HMS-10
    • HMS-12
    • HMS-15 AC
    • HMS-5
    • Acheron 80
    • Acheron 100
    • Acheron Designer
    • Acheron Studio
    • X-800C
    • X-400C

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MAPP 3D System Requirements

General Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Windows 10 64-bit

Entry-level Profile

For small projects, simple models/drawings with a low level of detail, simple renderings (such as small residential projects, small theaters, small landscaping design)
  • Processor: 64-bit Intel Core i5 (or AMD equivalent) clocked at 2GHz or better
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • Graphics Card: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 1GB of VRAM or higher
  • Display Resolution: 1440 x 900 or higher
  • Hard Disk: 10GB free disk space is required for a full installation with all libraries.

Recommended Hardware Profiles

Mid-level Profile

For medium-size projects, complex models/drawings with a medium level of details (such as small commercial projects, mid-size entertainment venues, residential site modeling)
  • Processor: 64-bit Intel Core i5 (or AMD equivalent) clocked at 2GHz or better
  • RAM: 8GB-16GB or higher
  • Graphics Card: A dedicated OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 2GB-4GB of VRAM or higher
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or higher
  • Hard Disk: 10GB free disk space is required for a full installation with all libraries.

High-end Profile

  • Processor: 64-bit Intel Core i7 (or AMD equivalent) clocked at 3GHz or better
  • RAM: 16GB-32GB or higher
  • Graphics Card: A dedicated OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 4GB of VRAM or higher
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or higher
  • Hard Disk: 10GB free disk space is required for a full installation with all libraries.


MAPP 3D Documents