The LM 26 processor from Lake helped to deliver audio for recent performances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra held in the picturesque surroundings of Leeds Castle in Kent.
The unusual layout of the site headed the list of challenges confronting Outline UK, which specified the loudspeaker sound system through SRG Group of Kent. Britannia Row was also closely involved in the project.
“The situation with this site is actually very complicated,” said Peter Barnard, managing director of Outline UK. “It’s not a square site like many other events; it actually goes off to a left hand dog leg at the far end of a sharp incline. It is very, very long – the furthest seating position is 354 metres from the stage – so we needed precise control and processing of the delay towers, which is where the LM 26 comes in. We made full use of the LM 26’s Dante capability giving us full redundancy; it has become the foolproof protocol to use at the moment. One of the delays will be configured via radio link, purely because of the distance involved.”
Ultimately, the team specified 24 Outline GTO full-range cabinets and 42 Butterfly cabinets, all controlled by Lake LM 26 and Lake Controller software. “LM 26 is definitely the one that has risen to the top of all processing systems over the past year,” said Barnard. “The original DLP became a great favourite with the industry, and the LM 26 has quickly become what could be called the new industry standard, such is the level of use across the board nowadays.”
Tech-Serv Audio Consultants director Ian Barfoot served as orchestral mix engineer at the shows. Overseeing the audio from his preferred Allen & Heath iLive, Barfoot praised the feature set of the LM26 – not least its Dante capability.
“Dante was a thing that I jumped on quite a lot in the earliest days, because I love the idea of it and as transport medium I think it’s great,” said Ian. “We did some work, with a lot of assistance from Simeon Ludwell [Lab.gruppen/Lake UK sales manager] on a huge show here last year. The sort of event where your first job is to row 200 metres across a moat with a fibre cable, because your PA gear is on an island in the middle of a moat, and your control position is 250 metres the other direction! Using Dante over the fibre made it much easier for us to do this event than using the typical copper multi-core.”