Sound Devices 788T-SSD: Portable, Eight Input, Twelve-Track Recorder with CL-8 Mixing Control Surface

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The 788T is a powerful eight input, twelve-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. Its eight full- featured inputs ensure superb audio quality. They 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. Extensive routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to mixed tracks (post-fader) or to isolated tracks. 

This 788T has three options for recording media, internal 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), CompactFlash media with UDMA support, or an external hard drive.

Specifications 

Analog Inputs: 

• Eight balanced mic/line inputs using Sound De- vices high-performance microphone preamps, 4 x XLR, 4 x TA3 connectors; 

• Selectable 48 V phantom, adjustable high-pass, peak limiters, polarity 

Digital Inputs: 

• AES3 inputs on DB-15 multi-pin connection on back panel 

• AES word clock can be set from any pair of inputs 

Outputs: 

• Four-channel balanced line level outputs on TA3 connectors 

* Two-channel unbalanced line level outputs on 3.5- mm connector 

* Four channel AES3 balanced output (1–4) on TA3 

* Two channel AES3 balanced output (5–6) on multi-pin

* Outputs assigned source from inputs or tracks 

* Headphone output on 3.5-mm and 1/4-inch jack with level control

* Headphone source selection for monitoring any input or track

Display/Metering/Control:

Sunlight-viewable LED level metering with bright- ness control, 8 tracks 

* PPM, VU or combination PPM/VU level metering 

* Front panel, multi-color backlit LCD viewable in all lighting condition

* LED, signal present, peak, and limiting indication per channel

Data Storage 

Internal hard drive, SATA interface, FAT32 volume, 160 GB, 5400 RPM 

* CF (CompactFlash) slot (type I, II, and microdrive compatible) with UDMA support for removable secondary recording medium

* External FireWire volume with bus powering, FAT32- formatted, including hard drives and DVD-RAM drives 

* Recording to HD, CF, external FireWire drives, or any combination 

* File transfer between all available storage volumes 

* Record buffer (pre-roll), 10 seconds at 24/48 x 8 

File Formats: 

• Selectable track arming of any 12 tracks (maximum 8-track if recording to three volumes) 

• Broadcast Wave format (.WAV), mono or poly files, uncompressed PCM audio 

• 24-bit or 16-bit (with or without dither)

• Sampling rate selection of 32, 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048 kHz

• MP3 file playback of 64, 128, 192, 256, or 320 kb/s, stereo file 

External Data Interface/Transfer/Control: 

• 1394a (FireWire 400), 1394b (FireWire800), and USB 2.0 ports for high-speed data transfer to computers and external drive connectivity 

• Internal drive and CF, appear as separate mass storage volumes 

• Mac OS 10.3+, Windows XP/Vista, and Linux compatible as mass storage device 

• USB keyboard port for direct connection of key- boards for control and fifile naming 

• CL-8 Controller usable for input level control
• Firmware upgradeable via downloads from Sound 

Devices website 

Timecode/Word Clock: 

• Ultra-stable crystal clock generator, tuneable to <0.2 ppm accuracy 

• Broadcast Wave and iXML metadata embedded into the WAV fifiles 

• User bit assignment and selection in setup menu • TC rates of 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97, 30, 

30DF
• Word clock input and output, with tri-level video sync input