Sound Devices Releases 788T – 8-Track Digital Audio Recorder

Sound Devices has released the 788T 8-track digital audio recorder. The 788T is a powerful eight input, eight-track digital audio recorder designed for production sound. Building on the success of the proven 7-Series architecture, the 788T offers greatly expanded input and output connectivity while continuing the 7-Series heritage of extensive control in a compact package.

» Eight recording tracks
» Eight mic/line inputs, each controlled with front panel, pop-out gain controls
» Each input has solo headphone monitoring, 48 V phantom, limiter, polarity reverse, high-pass, and selectable delay
» 8 x 2 mix assignment
» Backlit LCD display viewable in any environment
» 8 x 13-segment Peak/VU meters with arm LED
» Word clock in and out with tri-level video sync support
» Time code generator supports all data rates; holds time code for four hours with no power sources attached
» Internal 160 GB, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive
» CompactFlash slot with UDMA support
» Powered by removable Li-ion rechargeable batteries
» External DC power input operates unit and charges Li-ion battery
» Back panel multi-pin connector for one-cable connection to digital mixing board (AES input/output, power, switch closure in/out)
» FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 for ultra-fast connection of CF and HDD to computer
» USB keyboard input for control
» Aluminum & stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight
» Designed for the same operational environmental extremes as Sound Devices field mixers

Its eight inputs accept either microphone- or line-level signals, provide 48 V phantom power for condenser microphones, offer peak limiters for microphone inputs and fully adjustable high-pass filters. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to mixed tracks or to isolated tracks.

The 788T has three options for recording media–internal 160 GB SATA hard drive, CompactFlash media with UDMA support, or an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac OS or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.

For interconnection with mixers and cameras with AES3 connectivity, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six channels of balanced AES3 output. The 788T can be clocked from external word clock or from video sync. The 788T has a time code reader/generator on board. It includes auto-record features to chase external rec-run video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T directly accepts USB keyboards. Keyboard shortcuts can be programmed to control menu items and machine transport.

More information on Sound Devices’ 788T.

Author: FutureMusic

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