|The new release features substantially improved implementation of Dante|
Lake has announced the release of the new Lake Controller Version 6.1, the most significant update to its iconic digital audio processing platform in the brand’s history. The new release features substantially improved implementation of Dante – the leading digital audio networking technology from Audinate, new integration support for industry favourite real-time audio analysis software, SysTune, and a number of other key developments aimed at both live sound and large-scale fixed install applications.
Across both Lab.gruppen’s PLM (Powered Loudspeaker Management) Series and Lake LM (Loudspeaker Management) Series, v6.1 will see Dante functionality greatly improved for all devices, with a seamless synchronization between the Lake Controller and Audinate’s Dante Controller, where all information is now also available for the PLM and LM Series products.
The new update makes Dante easier to configure in large networked systems and more stable and reliable than ever before, with increased compatibility with Dante controller for parallel monitoring, naming and routing from either controller. Additionally, a brand new feature has been added to both PLM and LM Series platforms that allows the user to set their Lake devices as the preferred Dante network Clock Master.
The entire Dante implementation in Lake Controller has been improved for better overview and ease of use. There is now a new separate Dante Receiver for intuitive routing, and by default, Dante is now the highest priority source in the PLM/LM input router, valid when a Dante stream is routed to the specific Dante Receiver in either the Lake Controller or Dante Controller, giving much more ‘plug and play’ functionality. Just as before, the router offers full flexibility and multiple Dante Receivers can be used – giving up to seamless Quadruple signal Redundancy with different Dante sources on both Prio1 and Prio2, AES on Prio3 and Analog on Prio4.
The Lake Controller v6.1 update also introduces further RTA software integration possibilities with SysTune 1.3 now featured, adding to the recent integration with Smaart v7 and LiveCapture (introduced last year with v6.0). SysTune is a well-known real-time, professional measurement software from AFMG, that embodies a host of major features including spectrogram, transfer function, real-time IR, Virtual EQ, SPL/LEQ and SSA filter for high noise immunity. Real time integration with Lake Controller will be implemented with the imminent release of SysTune 1.3.
“We knew that the improvements we set out to implement with Lake Controller 6.1 were challenging, and it has been"
Martin Andersson, Product Manager for Lab.gruppen and Lake, said: “We knew that the improvements we set out to implement with Lake Controller 6.1 were challenging, and it has been. But equally, the end result is beyond our expectations. Any PLM or LM unit running with 6.1 offers enhanced network capabilities and Dante performance on multiple redundancies, completely without compromise. This is by far the best LAKE release in its entire history, and our journey has only just begun.”
Elsewhere within Lake Controller, IP configuration has been overhauled and is now considered more as a parameter selection that follows that specific hardware, and does not change with System recall or similar. Other notable updates to v6.1 release include: – Support for Fixed IP along with Dante and Dual Redundancy. – Being able to monitor, Fixed IP, Auto IP or DHCP configuration via front panel – Global Dual Redundancy control from the Lake Controller – Monitoring of Dual Redundancy state in front panel home view – Technical Data popup in I/O Config is now available for offline and virtual frames – Various improvements and bug fixes
With Lab.gruppen PLM Series amplifiers being used more and more in fixed installations such as Watford Football Stadium (UK) and BC Place Stadium (Canada), there are also new features in Lake Controller 6.1 that offer enhanced capabilities on the install side.
Version 6.1 introduces a new Pilot Tone function, facilitating generation and real-time monitoring of an inaudible test signal within the PLM 20000Q and PLM 10000Q* platforms. Designed to support installations that require 24/7 monitoring of the connected loudspeakers – typically with fault detection within 45s – this means that any fault within a large scale system can be immediately notified, located and rectified. This implementation ensures that PLM Series continues to meet the most stringent system requirements for large-scale mission-critical PA/VA applications.