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Having already made a major commitment to the MADI standard, Optocore has announced a significant extension, with new advanced devices set to launch at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.

Says company founder Marc Brunke, “Throughout the years there have been many voices that believed MADI would not survive the increased number of network protocols. However, we have observed the complete opposite — MADI is the easiest and most popular multi-channel protocol, and is built into almost any professional equipment.”

He adds that it is the many advantages of MADI that help it retain its popularity — in addition to its easy implementation by any manufacturer. It is extremely cost-effective, there is no problem with inter-operability between different manufacturers, it doesn’t require any special network equipment and it offers very high performance with very low latency.

“Creating a MADI-based system requires just a cable connection with no special third party device configuration,” continues Brunke. “In fact the DD2FR-FX and DD4MR-FX MADI devices are among our best selling products.”

It is for this reason that the network specialists will premier the new M Series at Prolight+Sound.

This comprises two modules with a number of interfaces:

  • M8 with 4 MADI ports: 4 x dual BNC or 4 x duplex fibre, 2 SANE ports (which support MADI over Cat5) and 2 Optocore hi-speed fibre uplinks
  • M12 with 8 MADI ports: 8 x dual BNC or 8 x duplex fibre or 4 x dual BNC and 4 x duplex fibre, 2 SANE ports and 2 Optocore hi-speed fibre uplinks

In addition, each of the new MADI devices can work as a stand-alone router with singlechannel non-blocking matrix — and each can be integrated with any other Optocore interface.

Consequently, the company says it now offers the most powerful MADI router on the market with the smallest footprint. In just 1RU, the user can interface 640 MADI inputs and 640 MADI outputs and route any single channel between MADI streams — and also through the redundant fibre Optocore uplinks.

Shipping will begin in May 2015.