Technical Reports | Talk Shop With John | Research & Development | Q&A

The Sound Lab is Meyer Sound's technology base on the Web. Here you'll have access to articles and papers that help explain the technology, research and design issues surrounding sound reinforcement and reproduction. In the Talk Shop with John section, John Meyer offers his view of the company's products and aspects of its goals and direction. The Research & Development section delves into Meyer Sound's proprietary components, design elements and techniques. Q&A provides important data about Meyer's technology and processes.

 

 

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Whether debunking or verifying new and long-held theories, the following reports promote a higher degree of understanding and awareness of the business of sound reproduction.

 

Comparison of the Directional Point Source Model and BEM Model for Arrayed Loudspeakers (PDF)
There are many approximations to the Acoustic wave equation which can be evaluated numerically which are more and less accurate at modeling different acoustical phenomena and which are more or less computationally expensive. This paper compares the Directional Point Source model and the Boundary Element Method (BEM) for modeling arrayed loudspeakers.

The Design and Performance of the REM Ribbon Emulation Manifold Waveguide
On December 30, 2003, Meyer Sound was awarded a patent for the REM ribbon emulation manifold waveguide, an innovative design at the heart of Meyer Sound's line array and curvilinear array loudspeakers. The REM waveguide’s main advantages over other designs - lower distortion and tighter pattern control - are achieved due to its short length and exponentially increasing waveguide channels.

MAPP Online Low Frequency Polar Data Acquisition
Below 100 Hz, the data collected in Meyer Sound's anechoic chamber has not been sufficiently accurate to give good results in MAPP Online. This paper explains how the use of a technique called Boundary Elements now allows Meyer sound to simulate the polar response of our loudspeakers below 100 Hz.

DSP Beam Steering with Modern Line Arrays
This technical report demonstrates the differences between physically steering loudspeakers and beam steering loudspeakers and identifies the main problems: the 11-octave wide range of human hearing, the near impossibility of steering the sound produced from specialty waveguides, and the unintuitive back lobes and the cone of sound.
Speech Intelligibility Papers
Speech communication systems are subject to more stringent requirements than music systems. These pages discuss speech intelligibility in sound reinforcement - what it is, what affects it and how it is measured.

Do Array Cavities Affect Frequency Response?
Research at Meyer Sound provides information on how loudspeaker arrays interact and also serves as a "proof of performance" for MAPP Online, the company's multipurpose acoustical prediction program.

Can Line Arrays Form Cylindrical Waves?
The common misconception regarding line arrays is that they enable sound waves to combine, forming a single "cylindrical wave" with special propagation characteristics. Under linear acoustic theory, however, this is impossible. The claim is not science but a marketing ploy.

Verification of MAPP Online's Accuracy
To verify the accuracy of Meyer Sound's MAPP Online, Meyer Sound research and development personnel used the program to model the frequency response of an M2D Compact Curvilinear Array loudspeaker system as measured from a specified physical position in a known concert hall. The staggerng results are presented in this paper.
What Is a Curvilinear Array
Pioneered by Meyer Sound in the early 1980s, curved horizontal arrays formed with trapezoidal enclosures have been an industry standard for decades. Recently, the sound reinforcement profession has exhibited considerable interest in new implementations of the line array concept. This technical report elaborates on the positive aspects of this trend.

 

 

TALK SHOP WITH JOHN

From high-drivers to powered subwoofers, John Meyer takes you inside the thinking process that drove these projects.

 
About the MILO HP-4/MILO power amplifier
The development of the MILO high-power curvilinear loudspeaker provided an amplification challenge. Read about how Meyer Sound’s engineers rose to the occasion…
How to Better the Best - The Development of Meyer Sound's High Drivers
The company has invested heavily in the development of an in-house manufacturing facility for high-frequency devices. Here are the reasons why...
More of the Same, Much More - Development of the Powered UPA Series
This article reveals the thought processes behind the creation of the Self-Powered UltraSeries loudspeakers.
Development of the CQ's
The interesting story of the conceptualization of the CQ loudspeaker systems.
Powered Subwoofers
Insights into the unique properties of Meyer Sound's powered subwoofers.

 

 

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND PIONEERING ADVANCES

Meyer Sound's core philosophy is that the goal of any sound reinforcement system is to please, motivate or direct an audience of any size, in any environment. To achieve this end, Meyer Sound has created products or utilized concepts that, in their design or application, are regarded as outside the norm.

 

Meyer Sound's Anechoic Chamber
In November 1994, Meyer Sound began the design and construction of an anechoic chamber — an essential tool that enables the design of loudspeaker systems that perform precisely as specified in critical sound reinforcement applications.

Patents Gallery
Meyer Sound's list of industry firsts includes trapezoidal cabinets, dedicated loudspeaker processors, self-powered loudspeakers, source-independent system measurement, parabolic long-throw transducers, cardiod low-frequency control and high-resolution measurement.
Technological Developments
The company's commitment to research and development has produced a number of true advances in the approach to sound reinforcement and reproduction.
Demystifying the Amplifier
When Meyer Sound set out to design amplifiers for self-powered loudspeakers, its engineering staff recognized that high-quality sound was only the starting point of the overall system requirements.
 

 

Q&A

Our technical support, engineering, sales and service departments are often asked to provide more in-depth data about our technology and processes. Here is a selection of interesting questions. Responses are edited by John Meyer.

 

How does Meyer Sound ensure linearity in drivers and systems?

Does Meyer use true RMS limiting?

What's the offset between RMS and Peak?

How does the M3D-Sub steer without digital delay?

Please further explain the REM ribbon emulation manifold?

Can you provide more technical specifications and a more elaborate description on the crossover in MILO and M2D?

Tech Notes provide detailed information regarding implementation of Meyer speakers in arrays.

 


 

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