Celebrating at Lab.gruppen
Were (l-r): Carl Rohdell,
Project Manager; Håkan
Engineering Manager; Tomas
Lilja, CEO; Emil Tirén,
Software Engineer; Klas
Dalbjörn, Product Research
Kungsbacka, Sweden (January 13, 2009)– Lab.gruppen has acquired the Dolby Lake Processor (DLP) technology and the “Lake” name.
Dolby ended production of the DLP in September, 2008, despite the fact that it was a leading unit in its product category. The move was widely seen as in keeping with Dolby’s core business model is as a licensor of intellectual property.
Lab.gruppen, a Swedish professional audio equipment designer and manufacturer that is part of TC Group (which in turn also owns TC Electronic, TC-Helicon, and Tannoy), already had a history with Dolby and the DLP. Even after the closure of Dolby’s DLP manufacturing, Lab.gruppen continued its on-going OEM licensing agreement to market its PLM 10000Q series of powered loudspeaker management systems with integrated DLP technology. Tim Chapman, Lab.gruppen’s head of marketing, commented to Pro Sound News at the time that his company’s development of the PLM Series would continue apace with full support from Dolby: “While we acknowledge that the DLP’s discontinuation marks the end of an era, it is also the beginning of a new one. The move to integrated systems is well underway, and with PLM, we have a proven platform to lead this transition.”
Now, with the technology and Lake sobriquet under Lab.gruppen, the Dolby name will be dropped from the products. Te technology, currently referred to as “DLP technology” as used in the PLM Series, will be called “Lake technology” or “Lake Processing”. The Dolby Lake Controller (DLC) PLM Edition software will be forthwith known as “Lake Controller software,” as new versions of the software are expected to be compatible with both the stand alone DLPs as well as the PLM Series products.
Lake technology is used in several products, including the original Lake products, Mesa Quad EQ and Contour; the Dolby Lake Processor from Dolby Laboratories and the PLM Series Powered Loudspeaker Management systems. Specifically, this agreement allows Lab.gruppen to further develop the Lake Controller software and firmware and to utilize the Lake brand name and allied technologies in Lab.gruppen-branded and stand-alone products for use in the Touring and Permanent Sound Reinforcement markets as demands dictate.
Lab.gruppen has secured exclusive access to the source code and algorithms for these markets that are at the heart of the DLP and PLM and expects this will allow the company to create further generations of the programs for use with existing Dolby Lake Processors and with the company’s PLM Series of Powered Loudspeaker Management systems.
“This is a significant step for our company,” stated Tomas Lilja, managing director at Lab.gruppen. “Having the exclusive rights to the Lake technology in these markets allows Lab.gruppen to continue developing the Lake software and firmware for use in our own products and all the thousands of DLPs out there. We are sure the market will be happy to hear that.”
“Lab.gruppen is extremely pleased to have acquired the very well-respected Lake brand name,” continues Lilja. “We see this as very important to the future growth of Lab.gruppen. Although the Lake brand will be developed separately from Lab.gruppen, the technology will have its own life within our organization. Lake technology will form the backbone of all future iterations of our unique Powered Loudspeaker Management systems. We are also very aware of the demand for stand-alone processing and assessing this market is high on our agenda. We are hoping that, through our support of the existing DLP user base–with software updates and new features–and via the increasing number of PLM customers, we can swiftly research new product development possibilities.”
“Over the last few years, Lab.gruppen has been a trusted partner of Dolby and we have recognized their commitment to supporting the live sound industry,” said John Carey, vice president, Worldwide Sales, Products and Services, Dolby Laboratories. “As we pass the live sound torch to Lab.gruppen, we are confident that they will continue to innovate and evolve the technology and brand many have grown to love in this industry.”