New York, NY (April 15, 2011)–Event specialists Sound.Com recently provided sound for the opening and closing ceremonies of India’s 34th National Games 2011, transporting all audio over Optocore R-FX series devices.
The event, held at Ranchi in Jharkhand recently, saw athletes from all Indian states competing against each other, resulting in around 7,000 athletes marching past audiences of up to 45,000 during the four-and-a-half-hour-long closing ceremony.
Sound.Com worked for event production house Core Networks and Cineyug Group, who managed both the Opening and Closing ceremonies in the Ranchi Stadium. The audio was streamed to six nodes in the North, South, East, West, FOH and VIP zones of the stadium using Optocore X6R-FX and DD32R-FX digital interraces. While these were running on fiber, an X6R-TP was running on CAT5e, using Optocore’s SANE protocol for the VIP area. In total, Sound.Com ran 2.2km of Multimode Tactical Fibre Optic Cable as well as 3.0km of Analogue Multicore and Two Core Cables.
“Using the ‘R’ series made a huge difference in signal transmission, speed and accuracy and was the foundation stone of our ability to provide audio at any part of the stadium,” stated Sound.Com founder and managing director, Warren Dsouza. “We also ran the multi-mode tactical fibre optic cable in a ring topology thus giving us redundancy if we lost a fibre cable.”
It was only after Dsouza and his colleague Sunil Karanjikar travelled to Optocore headquarters in Munich for OCT training and certification that they decided upgrade their DD2FE to DD2FR-FX — and in Ranchi this dual port optical MADI device interfaced with the Soundcraft VI6 FOH console. “This was probably the first DD2FR-FX MADI device out in the field,” believes Dsouza.
The JBL VerTec racks and stacks on-hand were powered by Crown and Lab Gruppen amplifiers, all receiving AES signals from the Optocore devices. Sound.Com also fielded a monitor node rack consisting of the Vi6 stage rack receiving audio mic and line signals from the artistes on stage and providing audio outputs to the amplifiers.