Prolight + Sound: Optocore premiers M-Series MADI switches

Optocore continued its commitment to the MADI standard with the debut of the M Series at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

This new series comprises two modules with a number of interfaces. The first module, the M8, features 4 MADI ports, with 4 x dual BNC or 4 x duplex fibre, 2 SANE ports (which support MADI over Cat5) and 2 Optocore hi-speed fibre uplinks.

The second unit, the M12, comes with 8 MADI ports, featuring 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, both devices can work as a stand-alone router with single-channel non-blocking matrix, and each can be integrated with any other Optocore interface.

The company claims 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’.

Company founder Marc Brunke remarked, “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."

“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.”

Shipping of the modules will begin in May 2015.