Optocore enters Commonwealth Games

The XIX Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, UK this year relied on Optocore devices to utilise digital fibre networks for the broadcast of action across the world. The network was commissioned by SIS Live, the European OB and uplink supplier that was awarded the multi-million dollar contract by broadcaster Doordarshan.

Doordarshan is part of Prasar Bharati, the Broadcasting Corporation of India. SIS Live is providing high definition (HD) television coverage of the Games, as well as opening and closing ceremonies.

Working with Zoom Communications, a broadcast services company, coverage was provided for 17 different sports and outside races across 12 venues in Delhi.

SIS Live and Zoom Communications both rented Optocore digital and analogue network interfaces from UK sales and hire production company, SSE Audio Group.

In addition SSE provided SIS LIVE with a large number of Yamaha YG2/YS2 modules and 26 Yamaha LS9-32 consoles; the cards were used in conjunction with both these, and the Yamaha M7CL digital consoles that have also been deployed.

Alongside the Yamaha consoles, Optocore devices interfaced with the main stadium’s Lawo mc56 consoles to provide an entirely redundant audio network for all broadcast audio and monitoring.

All the Optocore devices required to meet SIS Live sound supervisor, Andy James’ network design, were pre-configured and approved at SSE Audio Group’s base in the West Midlands before shipment to India.

Along with the bundle of audio tools, SSE constructed three special Optocore racks for SIS Live, each comprising five X6R-FX (16MI) Mic In and an X6R-FX (16LO) Line Out devices.

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