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Optocore Offers News from the PLASA 2010 Show

Optocore—a manufacturer of fiber-optic and copper network solutions based in Munich, Germany—announced new developments at the recently concluded PLASA pro audio, lighting, stage engineering, AV and systems integration technology show in London.

Optocore DD32R

The company debuted the DD32R network interface, an upgrade of its DD32E with an expanded feature set and a carbon footprint that is said to be reduced by 40 percent. The DD32R is available for purchase for 30-percent less than the DD32E.

The new R Series device is said to provide 100-percent more fiber bandwidth and offer 2-gigabit operation for 1,024 input channels per ring (plus an unlimited number of output channels) to make single rings more powerful and stacked rings for an unlimited number of inputs easier to implement. The DD32R includes a full 100-MBit Virtual Ethernet Switch over the entire network. The SANE port allows network designers to add analog channels and additional Ethernet and MADI devices to the network. Optocore states that all R Series devices will operate down to -20 degrees Celsius and feature 50µ hard gold plated connectors for premium quality and long life.

Optocore also announced Multiple Emulation Mode (MEM) software, which allows up to four mixing consoles to control Optocore analog devices, plus an unlimited number of computers. When using Optocore’s dual-microphone preamps, users can have up to four individually controlled preamps for a single microphone, giving multiple users analog control over a single mic. Multiple Emulation Mode uses up to four different Emulation modes at the same time, with the same Optocore network capabilities as before; enables control of the dual-mic inputs’ two independent preamps on Optocore’s X6R converters from different locations and different consoles; provides real-time control from both Optocore software and Emulation Mode; offers the possibility to mix different console brands; and supports most available digital consoles.

Finally, Optocore has created new firmware for its DD4ME MADI network device to allow Avid consoles to operate on its network. The new firmware enables the coaxial (BNC) ports to function as Avid VENUE’s proprietary coaxial digital snake, rather than as MADI.

“With this release, Avid’s VENUE Consoles and Stage Racks can be connected via a DD4ME to the Optocore network,” states Optocore founder Marc Brunke. “The audio flowing between the Stage Rack and Console, or vice versa, can be output via other Optocore devices in the network, thus enabling networking functionality to VENUE products.”

Optocore states that several consoles and racks can be placed on the same network, and that an unlimited number of splits of any input channel are possible.

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