Lake Technology Limited has announced the immediate availability ofthe Lake Contour™ Pro26D, a new version of the company’s digitalloudspeaker processor that incorporates a stereo AES/EBU digital inputand output as standard. The fully digital signal path of this latestLake Contour model offers improved overall audio system quality throughthe elimination of an unnecessary DA/AD conversion at the console.
Supporting sample rates from 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz at 24-bitresolution, the digital input and output of the Lake Contour Pro26D isenabled through the Lake Controller software’s new Stereo Insertprogram, and is available for all existing module programs. An InputAuto-Select function provides signal redundancy. If the digital lockedsignal is interrupted or lost, Lake Contour instantly switches fromdigital to analog to maintain a continuous signal.
The 2-input, 6-output Lake Contour and new Lake Contour Pro26Dincorporate a set of DSP-based equalization and processing tools,including crossovers, dynamics and delays. Additionally, the it may beutilized as a high-quality EQ, delay and dynamics channel processorwhen inserted into any full bandwidth digital or analog audio path.
Justin Baird, Contour product manager, said, “Keeping the audiosignal in the digital domain ensures optimum sonic quality all the waythrough the speaker processing stage. In combination with the growingnumber of digital live sound mixing consoles, Lake Contour Pro26Doffers a noticeable improvement in audio quality by eliminating anentire stage of D-to-A and A-to-D conversion. Our clients have beensurprised at just how much the converters in their consoles actuallycolor the sound, and are impressed with how great their systems soundby maintaining a fully digital path through Lake Contour Pro26D to thelast possible link in the signal chain.”