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Sound Devices 788T Portable 8-Track Recorder with Time Code

This powerful eight-input, eight-track digital audio recorder is designed for production sound with superb audio quality. Its eight full-featured inputs accept either microphone or line-level signals, provide 48V phantom power for condenser microphones, and offer peak limiters for microphone inputs and fully adjustable high-pass filters. Extensive routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to mixed tracks or to isolated tracks.

The unit 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.

To simplify 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. It can be clocked from external word clock or from video sync, has a high-accuracy time code reader/generator on board, and includes auto-record features to chase external rec-run video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T accepts USB keyboards, and keyboard shortcuts can be programmed to control menu items and machine transport, simplifying any production sound setup.

Product Weight:  3.75 lbs
Dimensions:  10.0”W x 6.25”D x 1.65”H excluding connectors

Technical Tools

Manufacturer Specs

Analog Inputs
Eight balanced mic/line inputs using Sound Devices 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

Sunlight-viewable LED level metering with brightness control
PPM, VU or combination PPM/VU level metering
Front panel, multi-color backlit LCD viewable in all lighting conditions
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 micro drive 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 1 through 8 channels
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 fi le 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
USB keyboard port for direct connection of keyboards for control and fi le naming
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 fi les
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

Battery: Removable, rechargeable Li-ion cells
Compatible with Sony L mount camcorder batteries
10–18 VDC external input powers and charges on-board battery
Internal and external voltage displayed on LCD panel

Mechanical Construction
Aluminum & stainless steel chassis for exceptional durability and low weight
Splash-resistant front panel
Tested for the same environmental extremes as Sound Devices field mixers