Lab.gruppen PLM Series
Lab.gruppen PLM Series
Lab.gruppen and Lake have announced the release of Lake Controller v5.7 software with accompanying firmware for Lab.gruppen’s PLM Powered Loudspeaker Management systems and the Lake LM26 Digital Audio Loudspeaker Processor.


Working alongside both industry partners and leading end-users, engineers at Lab.gruppen and Lake are promising ‘new levels of functionality’, as the PLM Series now supports a new processing module type – extensive filtering can be used to create both crossover and driver EQ, facilitating linear phase, minimum phase or arbitrary phase filters. The filters can also be used to create classic crossovers and specific driver EQ. The new module, among other benefits, is capable of supporting EAW Focusing through the direct recall of EAW Greybox files into any PLM Series device via the Lake Controller software.

This unique feature unites the loudspeaker optimization of EAW Focusing parameters with the Lake Mesa EQ input stage on the PLM Series platform for the first time, to offer a fully integrated system solution for sound reinforcement. Users can now recall Greybox output processing files directly into PLM Series and then create groups and carefully tune even the largest EAW loudspeaker system at any granularity, all via the industry standard Lake Controller – negating the additional expense and inconvenience of a separate system EQ processor.

‘These updates represent the greatest leap forward in terms of innovation that Lake has witnessed since the company moved to Sweden in 2009,’ says Lake Product Manager, Håkan Gustafsson. ‘The supporting of EAW Focusing, coupled with the Lake Mesa EQ and the powerful performance of the PLM Series, means that we can provide end-users with the kind of functionality that is simply unrivaled in the world of pro audio.’

In addition to the new processing module, the new version of Lake Controller brings a raft of other benefits including general speed improvements for Windows 7, multicore processors and high resolution screens as well as faster synchronisation between Lake Controller and devices on the network. LM26 users also benefit from critical improvements to Dante routing, synchronisation and general stability.

Having identified performance anomalies that were linear, time invariant, spatially consistent and therefore correctable, EAW developed its EAW Focusing to address them directly in individual loudspeaker designs. This colouring of the audio is due to non-ideal horns and reflection. Likewise cone drivers have inherent resonances that cause distortion in the middle of the vocal range. With EAW Focusing parameters tailored for a specific loudspeaker type, these artifacts can be corrected.

Lake Controller v5.7 is available to download now from the Lab.gruppen website.


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