The Sullivan Room, a New York City–based underground dance music club, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a complete makeover, including a new high-end custom sound system from North Carolina's Core Audio Inc. that is managed by a Dolby Lake Processor.
"This is the best piece of audio equipment I've used in the last 10 years," says Bill
Weir, system design engineer at Core Audio. "We're getting the sound we want and this lets it come through without getting in the way. The converters alone are worth the cost of the box. And with the Mesa EQ, I can create one filter where I'd have to use
three or four filters on any other processor to get the same result. This unit is so much more powerful and flexible than other processors, and you end up doing far less to the signal.
"The club owner, Sergei Sklyarenko, tells us that the community regards it as one of the top three club systems in the city, which makes it one of the best systems in the country."
Nagai Stadium in Osaka recently became the first stadium in Japan with a fully digital audio network and control system following a major upgrade that included the installation of seven Dolby Lake Processors for speaker optimization. The project, under the auspices of consultant Yoshiteru Mimura of Archito Co. Ltd., based in Kyoto, with installation by Panasonic, provides comprehensive control and EtherSound audio distribution via a Gigabit network in a redundant ring topology comprising 2.5 km of fiber.
From left: Ryuuji Kasuga, Panasonic System Solutions Marketing (PSSM); Nobuyuki Takezaki, PSSM; Shiyogo Hayashi, Bestec Audio; Yoshiteru Mimura, consultant; and Masaki Hara, Bestec Audio
According to Mimura, "When passing digital audio through the Dolby Lake Processor, the jitter performance improved by a significant amount, which has an important bearing on the overall audio performance. Everyone who tested it now knows why the system sounds so good."
The Dolby Lake Processors, accessed from a PC in the main control room and from a wireless tablet that also acts as a secondary controller, provide cross-over and local delay control for the zoned L-Acoustics speakers and Crown amplifiers distributed around the stadium. "The Dolby Lake Processor provides very useful filters, especially the Mesa EQ, to really help in system tuning," says Mimura.
The Dolby Lake Processors were provided by Dolby Live Sound's Japanese distributor, Bestec Audio Inc.
For additional information, visit www.dolby.com/livesound.