Lake Processing has renewed its credentials as a recognised industry leader in digital audio with the introduction of a brand new, standalone system processor, the LM 44.
The LM 44 is a powerful, full-featured digital audio processor based on the acclaimed Lake Processing technology. It builds on the success of the two-year-old LM 26 Digital Audio Loudspeaker Processor, while marking another significant step for the Lake brand under the stewardship of Sweden's Lab.gruppen.
Tim Chapman, VP of marketing for Lake, tells PSNE: “LM 44 was developed in direct response to our worldwide user community’s requirements. Where LM 26 was definitely the right product at the right time when we launched it back in 2009 – it sold more than our expectations, and to a wider customer base than anticipated – the LM 44 now provides the added functionality, flexibility and capability our customers have been asking for. Plus, the LM 44 showcases the same innovative technology and ease-of-use that has made Lake the industry standard for digital audio processing.”
Identical in many respects to the LM 26, the LM 44 is distinguished primarily by a different input/output configuration. The LM 44 provides four analogue input and four analogue outputs, in contrast to the LM 26’s 2-in/6-out. In addition, the LM 44 accommodates 8-in/8-out AES3 and 4-in/8-out Dante digital audio transport. The LM 44 benefits from the latest implementation of Lake’s iconic ‘Mesa EQ’ configuration, using four Mesa modules, each with an independent input mixer and output signal processing chain.
With this configuration, the LM 44 is suited for a wider number of different FOH applications, including as a mix-matrix and full system EQ – sitting between a mixer and virtually any high-end performance loudspeaker system – switching between consoles on large events, inserted EQ for monitor systems, FOH to stage digital transmission, line driver for self-powered systems, and as a Dante break-in/break-out box.
With its flexible 4 × 4 input configuration, one or more LM 44 units can replace the now-discontinued (but much admired) Dolby Lake Processor in most applications. It also offers a cost-effective, scalable alternative to other larger and more expensive processors in situations when only a 4 x 4 analogue I/O configuration (or multiples of this) is required.
Additionally, the LM 44 may be utilised in the Contour mode configuration (two Contour modules) for operation similar to LM 26, such as loudspeaker crossover management. Inputs that are not routed to the processing modules (in each mode) may be passed through to the output router. As with the LM 26, all three signal types – Dante, AES and analogue – are maintained simultaneously, with user-prioritised automatic failover and dual redundancy, eliminating single point of failure.
Chapman notes: “The fact that the LM 44 can be integrated into existing Lake inventories, including LM 26 and Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q amplifiers, as well as legacy products like the DLP makes it extremely easy for customers to immediately take full advantage of its new capabilities. Early feedback from key Lake users around the globe has been extremely positive.”
LM 44 was launched at PLASA 2011 in London and is now available for shipping.