BBC use Perle Fiber Converters to Transmit Multimode Audio Data over Single Mode Fiber

Perle Media Converters convert data with utter transparency, no disturbance or interference

The standard communication protocol used in audio broadcasting is Multichannel Audio Digital Interface (MADI) which carries up to 64 high quality channels of digital audio. It supports transmission over coaxial cable or fibre optic lines. When the BBC use MADI for indoor transmission in the studio, communication over coax cable is sufficient. However, when interviews or live events take place outside of the BBC building, a MADI mixing console or multitrack recorder is taken on location where the audio needs to be transmitted to a mobile broadcasting truck.

Network Diagram of Perle Media Converters integrated in the BBC's MADI interface

When on location, audio engineers never know what type of structured cabling will be available for transmission. However, they have frequently found that offices and public buildings are wired with single mode fiber.

Because the MADI consoles used by the BBC support multimode fiber, they needed a multimode to single mode converter in the “mobile tool-kit”.

The primary requirement was for the MADI audio data to be converted with utter transparency and no disturbance or interference. The solution was to load Perle Protocol Transparent Media Converters with one multimode and one single mode SFP. This would allow for seamless multimode to single mode conversion and transmission of the MADI audio data out to the broadcasting truck.

This mobile solution enables the BBC to take any MADI console and a Perle Media Converter to different locations easily transmit interviews and live feeds to the broadcasting truck for further processing.

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