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European debut of the Dolby Lake processor at Plasa 2006

Dolby Laboratories will demonstrate the Dolby Lake Processor at the Plasa 2006 show, London, booth BB12. Launched in the US in February 2006, the Dolby Lake Processor has already been incorporated into many of the summer's leading world tours including those by Madonna, Widespread Panic, Tool, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Slayer, Tom Jones, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The Dolby Lake Processor, the first live sound product released by Dolby, which acquired Lake Technology in September 2003, enables sound engineers to improve the quality of sound management while saving time in the setup and handling of loudspeaker systems. The processor provides better control and flexibility of complex speaker systems throughout setup and during events, improving the sound of the system so audiences have a better experience. Additionally, the software application provides centralized control for a network of these hardware processors. Based on Lake's trusted sound reinforcement technologies, the new system includes an easy-to-use interface for real-time management, an advanced loudspeaker processing system, and unique Iso-Float ground isolation technology.
The Dolby Lake Processor includes a patent-pending Portal display that allows for sophisticated front-panel metering and easy control and monitoring of the system. The processor's panel contains four Portals, each capable of representing multiple audio channels of level and limiter metering along with text labels and mute controls. Additionally, the system includes the Dolby Lake Controller, a software application that enables engineers to optimize the audio from any seat in the house at any point in the show with a wireless tablet computer.
The Processor is a configurable hardware platform, designed to deliver maximum application flexibility. Starting from the base digital platform, engineers can configure it to provide up to eight independent channels of Lake Mesa EQ or up to four-by-twelve channels of Lake loudspeaker processing. There are five factory configurations available, and any configuration can easily be upgraded or reconfigured to fit specific requirements. The system provides user-configurable signal processing that allows for both loudspeaker processing and EQ processing within the same processor. An end user can quickly change between loudspeaker processor and EQ modes, and can also run loudspeaker and EQ processing at the same time. The LimiterMax system is a new limiter technology that couples a true-RMS limiter and a peak limiter capable of instantaneous attack time. The system produces a limiter that does not allow a loudspeaker amplifier to clip, even when all outputs and inputs are clipping under heavy signal saturation conditions. Iso-Float provides all of the benefits of transformer-isolated inputs and outputs for avoiding ground loops in audio systems, without the expensive upgrades. Iso-Float is built into all new converter cards and provides superior performance to transformers.
In addition to providing a dynamic solution for live events, the Dolby Lake Processor is a useful tool for engineers working in the studio, enabling audio equalization with a unique set of specialized Raised Cosine Equalization tools for mastering, broadcast, and recording.
In addition to celebrating the debut of the Dolby Lake Processor in Europe, Dolby is also welcoming five new European distributors to its international network: Audmax Ltd. (Hungary), Avitel de Vitor Alves Luís (Portugal), Moto Audio Sales ApS (Denmark), ProTechnica Ltd. (Bulgaria), and Soundata Oy (Finland).
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