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512 Lines, 4 Kilometres of Optic Cable: Sure Sounds Like a Job for a Digital Multicore!

Norwest Productions (one of Australia’s two biggest audio companies) recently took delivery of one of the largest, and most versatile Optocore Digital Multicore systems in the world, to be used for one of the largest events in the world; the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The configuration specified by Scott Willsallen (SWA) for the Athens Games consisted of:

  • 8x DD32 (64 channel AES modules)
  • 3x X6 in (16 channel mic/line input modules)
  • 8x X6 out (16 channel line output modules)
  • 5x X6 8+8 (8 mic/line in - 8 line out) modules
  • 1 x LX4A (48+16 stage box)
  • 1x LX4B (16+48 FOH breakout)
  • Over 4Km of fibre optic cable!

The Optocore system worked flawlessly for this very high-profile event. "With a job this important you need to have a very stable system", says SWA, "redundancy is absolutely necessary, and Optocore offers it on 3 levels." Optocore runs redundant fibre optic rings, auto switching redundant power supplies, and each unit is a clock master, so that if one falls off the network it never affects another unit’s sync - very clever. "Others aren't quite there yet, but Optocore is. Optocore Rocks!" say SWA.
SWA also used 50x NEXO PS15s for the opening ceremony, all powered by Camco Vortex 6, and they had this to say about Nexo: "I love the PS15, it's such a sweet box"... we all do SWA, we all do.

Behind the scenes at Athens 2004, Optocore runs the show
Behind the scenes at Athens 2004, Optocore runs the show

Looks like a spaghetti factory has exploded in NASA mission control! Look beyond the mess, this mob relies on Optocore
Looks like a spaghetti factory has exploded in NASA mission control! Look beyond the mess, this mob relies on Optocore
The awesome combination of Optocore, Nexo and Camco at the biggest event in the world
The awesome combination of Optocore, Nexo and Camco at the biggest event in the world
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