Lake expands LM Series
Lake Processing has introduced a new standalone system processor, the LM 44. Identical in many respects to the LM 26 Digital Audio Loudspeaker Processor, 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 ‘Mesa EQ’ configuration, using four Mesa modules, each with an independent input mixer and output signal processing chain.
With this configuration, the manufacturer reports that the 1U LM 44 is ‘ideally 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 4 × 4 input configuration, one or more LM 44 units can reportedly replace the now-discontinued Dolby Lake Processor in most applications.
Additionally, LM 44 can be operated in Contour mode configuration (two contour modules) allowing for utilisation as a loudspeaker crossover processor. 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.