Las Vegas, NV (March 15, 2021)—There’s no question that Las Vegas is its own little world, but its new art and entertainment AREA15 is a couple of worlds. Behind the looming exterior façade, the vast, 200,000-square-foot interior houses a collection of themed retail and entertainment options, most notably a space called “The Portal” where visitors are surrounded a 360-degree projection-mapped video experience supported by immersive audio enabled by Meyer Sound’s new Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool.
The 6,584-square-foot Portal was initially conceived primarily as a large meeting and event space with projection systems designed for four-wall coverage, allowing surround video for either the entire space, or for one or two walls when the room was subdivided into smaller spaces.
The opening of AREA15 was delayed by the pandemic, and when the public finally was admitted the total numbers had to be limited to about 25% capacity. That put most meetings and party events out of the picture. Fortunately, with a boost from Spacemap Go, the Portal was transformed into an immersive experience where visitors could stay distanced in the spacious room.
Some basic spatial sound trajectories were incorporated into the first experience in The Portal, Gallerie 360, a 30-minute sound and light exhibition by digital artists Darpan and Max Cooper. “We’ve just scratched the surface with Spacemap Go,” says David Johngrass, production manager at AREA15, “but over the coming months, as we move toward full reopening, we will be using it big time as we start pumping out more theatrical shows where we can fully utilize these tools.”
The overhead Meyer Sound system supporting Spacemap Go along with the other presentation modes comprises 12 ULTRA-X42 loudspeakers in a 3 x 4 grid pattern. Deep bass is augmented by two 750-LFC low-frequency control elements, while the GALAXY 816 Network Platform, originally specified only for loudspeaker processing, now also accommodates Spacemap Go’s spatial sound mixing.
In addition to the overhead system, the pre-COVID-19 plans also called for a direct reinforcement system suitable for both meetings and nightclub-style celebrations. For this application, a Meyer Sound system is used, anchored by 10 LEOPARD line array loudspeakers bolstered on the bottom end by four 1100-LFC and two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Rounding out the system are four ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers for fills, four MJF‑210 stage monitors and a second GALAXY 816 for system drive and optimization.
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