Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Skywalker Sound has installed Dolby Lake Processors to optimize the nine-channel loudspeaker system in its Stag Theater.
Located in the Technical Building at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, the 300-seat Stag Theater supports any film playback format and provides a state-of-the-art showcase for filmmakers working at the unique, full-service postproduction sound facility. Already equipped with a Dolby Digital decoder, the Stag Theater has implemented Dolby Lake Processor technology in order to optimize the performance of the installed cinema loudspeaker system.
With several of Skywalker Sound’s mix stages upgrading to 96 kHz operation, the Dolby Lake Processor was initially selected for the performance of its converters. “The main thing that intrigued Skywalker Sound and sold us on the Dolby Lake Processor was the overall quality of the sound without doing any processing,” said Jim Austin, Skywalker Sound Engineering Services. “It’s a really good sounding system and the quality of sound is unparalleled.”
Cutting Edge Audio Group of San Francisco supplied the five Dolby Lake Processor units, which were installed in the Stag Theater in March. Three of the Dolby Lake Processors have been installed to control five behind-the-screen channels, plus separate center top and low-frequency effects channels, with two additional Dolby Lake Processors controlling the right and left rear surround speaker arrays. The Stag Theater features a custom TAD speaker system that was developed at Skywalker Sound with Meyer subwoofers.
“The Dolby Lake Processor is rapidly becoming a recognized tool for quality tour sound, and is also used in many other live sound installations such as theatres, performing art centers, and houses of worship,” said Ervin Grinberg, Marketing and Sales Manager, Live Sound, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby is very excited to see new markets emerge with music recording studios and now film audio postproduction facilities like the world-renowned Skywalker Sound, which is one of the premiere sound mixing facilities in the industry.”
The Dolby Lake Processor is also the first all-in-one monitor speaker optimization solution to be implemented at Skywalker Sound. Audio quality may be compromised on a typical film mix stage due to budget constraints and the large number of converters, digital signal processing (DSP), and interconnecting cabling required in the monitor path. The Dolby Lake Processor is an elegant solution that combines multiple channels of very high quality converters and DSP in a single rack unit.
To learn more about Dolby live sound and the Dolby Lake Processor, please visit http://www.dolby.com/livesound.
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For more than four decades, Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit http://www.dolby.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the functionality and capabilities of the Dolby Lake Processor and the potential benefits to production companies, postproduction facilities, sound engineers, and audiences of these products and technologies, are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks associated with rapid changes in technical requirements for sound production technologies; building acceptance of and demand for Dolby Lake products and technologies in the sound production industry; risks associated with integrating new technologies with existing systems; and other risks detailed in Dolby’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned “Risk Factors” in its most recent Periodic Report on Form 10-Q or 10-K. Dolby disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
About Skywalker Sound
Skywalker Sound is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for audio post-production. Skywalker Sound has been honored with 18 Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.
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