In the early 1990’s, three Australian engineers – David McGrath, Brian Connolly and Marcus Altman – formed a new enterprise to develop advanced digital signal processing applications. The Lake name was inspired by a modest pond near their offices in Adelaide. Lake quickly expanded, and following relocation to Sydney, soon developed the Huron Digital Audio Workstation. The DSP architecture of Huron contains advanced proprietary algorithms that were adapted for sound reinforcement applications in future generations of products.
In the mid-1990s, the late, great Bruce Jackson – renowned technical innovator and tour sound engineer (Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand) – joined with Lake’s David McGrath to develop a new digital processor for sound reinforcement applications. They set up shop in Santa Monica, California. Renowned tour sound company Clair Brothers, headquartered in Lititz, Pennsylvania decided to back development of the promising new technologies. Clair Technologies LLC was formed in 1997 by Clair, Jackson, McGrath and Ed Meitner to produce the new live sound processors, initially built exclusively for Clair.
In 2001, Lake re-acquired the technologies, made further refinements, and introduced them to the wider industry as Lake Contour Pro 26™ TM.Dolby Laboratories (San Francisco, CA) acquired Lake Technologies in 2004. Backed by the company’s worldwide resources, the Dolby Lake Processor was soon established as the premier DSP platform across the full range of live sound applications.
In 2006, Dolby and Lab.gruppen announced an agreement to incorporate Lake processing into the forthcoming PLM Series of Powered Loudspeaker Management systems. The first Lab.gruppen product to incorporate Lake processing, the PLM 10000Q, was introduced in 2007.
Early in 2009, Dolby decided to exit the commercial live sound market. Lab.gruppen of Sweden acquired both the Lake trademarks and exclusive rights for use of Dolby Lake Processor technology for the touring and permanent sound reinforcement markets as demands dictate.
Lab.gruppen secured exclusive access to the source code and algorithms for these markets that are at the heart of the DLP, Powered Loudspeaker Management (PLM) and stand-alone Lake products. 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 and LM Series.
The latest iteration of the Lake brand is the new Lake LM 44 Digital Audio System Processor.