OPTOCORE is the concept of Marc Brunke, who conceived of and began development of the system in 1993.
Having worked in the field of communications systems and electronics engineering since 1988, Marc Brunke
formed OPTOCORE GmbH in 2003 to develop and market the OPTOCORE fiber optic digital network system, as well
as develop and supply a complete systematic range of complementary inter-connectable devices.
Due to the initial success a system patent was filed in 1994, marking the start of a decade of audio
innovation. OPTOCORE modules were first presented at the Pro Light & Sound trade show in Frankfurt,
Germany, in 1996, and released later that same year. Initially came the launch of the first LX4 stage
box to be followed by FOH AD/DA units, two years later in 2000 the DD32 was introduced, which provided
integration of AES/EBU digital audio signals into the OPTOCORE system.
Ongoing expansion of interfacing options for the OPTOCORE system continued in 2005 with the release of
the X6 series of standalone audio AD/DA converters with true 1 dB-step microphone preamplifiers.
Synchronization of the entire OPTOCORE network to an external clock was also realized in 2005 when the
DD32E was issued sporting an external word clock input. Innovations continued quickly and strongly in
2006 a year in which the DD6NE Ethernet distribution switch, DD4ME MADI interface, DD8RP repeater/media
converter, and YG2 mini-YGDAI module for Yamaha products were all introduced.
Released in 2008 the DD2FE optical MADI interface, was a perfect addition to the OPTOCORE product portfolio,
SC multimode fiber optic MADI input and output ports enable transmission of up to 256 channels of digital
audio (128 input and 128 output channels), making it the perfect complement to Soundcraft and Studer digital
2009 OPTOCORE introduced the revolutionary "R" generation series of converters. Contained in a 1RU enclosure
the X6R and V3R are signal converter devices, which include either the TP (Twisted Pair) or FX (Fiber Port)
feature. Both the TP and FX versions contain the essential components which enable OPTOCORE's new SANE
protocol, creating the first fully synchronous CAT5 network solution for streaming and transmitting data
in real time. Offering a unique non proprietary open standard transport platform, SANE is the perfect
medium for transporting AES/EBU, MADI as well as Ethernet in full scale. Due to a modular approach, multiple
options such as, X6R-FX / V3R-FX fiber versions, containing both OPTOCORE fiber, as well as SANE ports
(CAT5 / RJ45), in addition to X6R-TP / V3R-TP (CAT5 twisted pair alternatives), the system now has unrivalled and peerless
flexibility. Following on from the success of these units, OPTOCORE then improved their established digital
interface products, and introduced the DD32R-FX, DD4MR-FX and DD2FR-FX units, which doubled not only the
channel capacity of the devices, but also doubled the bandwidth of the system to 2Gbps, while at the same time
offering a substantial reduction in the cost of ownership.
Developed and introduced 2004, and extended in 2010, OPTOCORE's "Multiple Emulation Mode" is a unique function
which enables multiple third party proprietary digital desks to control the gain and phantom power on OPTOCORE's
mic preamps. Achieved by making that desk "recognizable" when it is running in Emulation Mode, which provides"
functionality for Lawo, Soundcraft, Studer, Yamaha and SSL consoles.
Continuously growing, the OPTOCORE community expands as an ever increasing number of licensees choose to share
in the many benefits offered by the OPTOCORE network, concept and system architecture. Many of the world's most
high-profile events and facilities embrace the reliability, scalability, flexibility of the products, as well as
the responsive customer support that are at the heart of the OPTOCORE concept and system. Most recently
co-operation with the worlds leading innovative intercom manufacturer "Clear-Com" has resulted in a new series
of OPTOCORE devices, X6R-FX-INTERCOM for Clear-Com and V3R-FX-INTERCOM for Clear-Com. These devices now give
the ability to seamlessly integrate audio with intercom on the OPTOCORE fiber network. Presently OPTOCORE
continues to enjoy widespread recognition as the most innovative and outstanding premier name in the fields of
modern professional audio, video and data transmission.