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Talking House Looks to Dolby Lake Processor Technology for Unique Deployment

United States
English
Installation brings loudspeaker technology to the recording studio

San Francisco, December 12, 2006 — Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that, in the first installation of its kind anywhere, Talking House Productions in San Francisco installed three Dolby® Lake® Processors to control the 5.1 and stereo main monitor systems in the facility’s three recording studio control rooms. The three Dolby Lake Processors provide equalization, group delay, and bass management, and were recommended by the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG), which was responsible for the design and build-out of the newly opened multimedia production facility.

“One of the most important elements of a good control room is the accuracy of the monitoring,” stated Pete Krawiec, Chief Engineer and Producer, Talking House Productions. “With the Dolby Lake Processor and software, we are able to set monitor delays and an EQ curve with complete accuracy. We don’t need separate units to provide both functions or worry about any phase artifacts being introduced by the corrective room EQ that we are applying. The functionality of the Dolby Lake system is incredible, but we were also influenced by the quality reputation of Dolby when choosing this critical component of our rooms.”

According to John Storyk, Principal, Designer, and Registered Architect, WSDG, any studio monitor system benefits from the loudspeaker optimization provided by the Dolby Lake Processor. “Two things are required that we can and do use that will make a room better, even with systems that don’t need a lot of advanced processing because it’s already in the box. When done correctly, we find that minimal-phase, coherent parametric equalization works well when it’s introduced at certain low frequencies. Additionally, even in a powered system, the minute you start introducing 5.1 surround you need more control, such as group delay and bass management. The Dolby Lake Processor addresses both issues elegantly.”

Dirk Noy, WSDG’s Swiss-based Acoustic Engineer, initially evaluated the Dolby Lake Processor when it was first introduced. “Two days later, the Swiss office said this has to be our processor of choice,” said Storyk. “If you use a good test system and you know what to chase and what not to chase in the room acoustics, then introducing some parametric equalization can really be useful. And I believe that the Dolby Lake Processor is the best for that.”

Talking House Productions’ newly constructed San Francisco studio campus incorporates recording facilities, offices, an art gallery, and garden space into a center for music creation, development, and production for the company’s in-house scoring, commercial, and artist development work. The three control rooms house an SSL console and two Digidesign® D-CommandTM ICON environments linked to each other and to a variety of recording spaces. Monitoring throughout comprises Genelec 8050A 5.1-channel systems, augmented by soffited Genelec 1035B main monitors in the SSL room.

Talking House Productions: thpro.com
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