Sydney, Australia (January 28, 2004)–Lake Technology Limited has announced the immediate availability of the Lake Contour Pro26D, a new version of the company’s digital loudspeaker processor that incorporates a stereo AES/EBU digital input and output as standard. The fully digital signal path of this latest Lake Contour model offers improved overall audio system quality through the elimination of an unnecessary D-A/A-D conversion at the console, which can otherwise color the sound.
Supporting sample rates from 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz at 24-bit resolution, the digital input and output of the Lake Contour Pro26D is enabled through the Lake Controller software’s new Stereo Insert program, and is available for all existing module programs. An Input Autoselect function provides signal redundancy. If the digital locked signal is interrupted or lost, Lake Contour instantly switches from digital to analog in order to maintain a continuous signal.
The two input, six output Lake Contour and new Lake Contour Pro26D incorporate a unique set of powerful DSP-based equalization and processing tools, including crossovers, dynamics and delays, that allow the optimization of performance sound speaker systems. Additionally, the new, fully digital Lake Contour Pro26D may be utilized as a high quality EQ, delay and dynamics channel processor when inserted into any full bandwidth digital or analog audio path.
Lake Contour’s D-to-A converters have achieved a reputation for sonic purity. The fully balanced signal path benefits from the highest-quality film capacitors, galvanic isolation, special power supplies and a host of special engineering features. The new Lake Contour Pro26D model now adds a pure digital path in and out via AES/EBU.
Justin Baird, Contour product manager, comments, “Keeping the audio signal in the digital domain ensures optimum sonic quality all the way through the speaker processing stage. In combination with the growing number of digital live sound mixing consoles, Lake Contour Pro26D offers a noticeable improvement in audio quality by eliminating an entire stage of D-to-A and A-to-D conversion. Our clients have been surprised at just how much the converters in their consoles actually color the sound, and are impressed with how great their systems sound by maintaining a fully digital path through Lake Contour Pro26D to the last possible link in the signal chain.”
The news of the new Lake Contour Pro26D follows the company’s recent announcement of a series of new software enhancements for the Lake Contour digital loudspeaker processor. The release of Contour Controller version 2 software includes full integration with the new Lake SmaartLive Controller v5 software, which is also now shipping and is available as a 30-day, fully functional demo on the new Lake Contour website.
Lake Technology Corporation