In the early 1990s, 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 decided to back development of the promising new technologies.
In 2001, Lake made further refinements, and introduced them to the wider industry as Lake Contour Pro 26™. Dolby Laboratories 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 is a Swedish company with a great staff committed to the development of boundary-breaking sound reinforcement products for the professional audio industry. With their unique switch mode and other patented technologies, they work towards providing advanced power amplifiers and powered loudspeaker management systems that are utterly reliable and sonically superior. Through continued research and persistent hard work, Lab.gruppen strives to stay among the leading brands within the professional audio community. The company eschews diversification in order to focus completely on its core discipline – audio technology.
Lab.gruppen marked another major milestone in the company’s history with the announcement in January 2009 of its acquisition of the Lake trademarks and the exclusive rights for use of Dolby® Lake® Processor (DLP) technology for both Touring and Permanent Sound Reinforcement markets, from Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB).