Jeff Peterson on set at the MTV Video Music Awards
Nashville, TN (December 16, 2014)—Live event audio provider VER (Video Equipment Rentals) purchased an Optocore fiber optic audio system; the 500-plus audio channel network will support routing and distribution of video, digital intercom and a variety of DSP-based control and communication via the high speed 100 GBit Ethernet capability.
Brady Belavek, audio production manager, commented, “VER was one of the first North American AV production companies to incorporate fiber optic products in its inventory to offer advance services to customers who are the pinnacle of TV and event producers and technicians.”
The first use of the system was for the recent MTV Video Music Awards, staged in Los Angeles at the Forum in conjunction with ATK Audiotek, the incumbent audio production company supplying PA and broadcast feeds to the recording mobiles.
Jeff Peterson, VMA project manager for ATK stated, “We’ve developed a solid track record with Optocore over the years on shows like the Grammys and the ACM Awards. Our relationship goes back many years to auditioning it on the Jerry Lewis Telethon. It’s been flawless to the point of invisible as it opto-isolates everything in the production giving us an absolutely noiseless system that prior to using it we’d not experienced. Our cost of handling and setup time has been significantly reduced as well. The fact that Optocore can connect natively to DiGiCo consoles over fiber, or work as a stand-alone system, increases its flexibility greatly.”
VER’s rental inventory contains an assortment of devices that offer different signal I/O: DD32R-FX (AES I/O), DD4MR MADI via fiber connections directly to the consoles, and combinations of X6R-FX-16MI premium remote A/D mic preamps and X6R-FX-16LO 16 channel line out units.