Recent months have seen SSE Audio deploying Lake’s LM Series LM 26 and LM 44 digital audio system processors on high-profile tours by Arctic Monkeys and Example.
Both tours allowed SSE engineers to work with the company’s recent purchases of the new LM 44, integrating the units into their existing inventories.
The LM 44 provides four analogue inputs 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 with full dual redundancy, while the devices are ‘stackable’ for larger multiples of analogue i/o. The LM 44 benefits from the latest implementation of Lake’s ‘Mesa EQ’ configuration, utilising four Mesa modules, each with an independent input mixer and output signal processing chain.
On the Arctic Monkeys tour, SSE engineer Mark Pantlin had an LM 44 out front taking AES from a VENUE Profile digital console, and clocking externally from an Antelope Isochrone OCX. The audio was then transmitted via Dante to two LM 26s either side of the stage, over SSE’s bespoke Cisco/Neutrik fibre optic digital returns system, with an analogue backup in place. This set-up was used to drive an L’Acoustics K1 system.
Simon Gladstone, technical manager at SSE, commented: “The Lake Processors are in a league of their own. Number one is the sound quality, but then there’s the flexibility of the product, and also, to have such a good graphical interface that is really intuitive to end-users is a big selling point. One of the best things about Lake for us is that the units are so modular. [As a result] we can piece together a system using different processors, and if we need more output on one side, we can add another unit and link them all together with Dante, so it really does give us an added flexibility that is vital.”