Sound Devices Introduces The 888 Recorder/Mixer

Sound Devices has introduced the 888 recorder/mixer, the smallest on the market to offer Dante for sending and receiving audio over Ethernet.

Sound Devices said the compact 888 is light enough to be used in a bag, yet has enough channels and power for mobile cart productions. The recorder/mixer has eight ultra low-noise, 8-Series microphone preamplifiers, 16 channels, 20 tracks, multiple powering methods and support for multiple USB control surfaces.

An updated processing architecture and multiple FPGAs enables the 888 to be fully routable. Any physical input may be sent to any track, bus or output.

Many features have carried over from the Sound Devices’ Scorpio. These include the new 8-Series preamplifier design, two SD card slots, internal 256GB SSD and dual L-Mount battery charging and powering.

The 888 can be powered using a smart battery, NP-1 battery or an in-line power supply via its TA4 DC input. The timecode generator contains its own battery to hold timecode for up to four hours after power off.

Dedicated coms and slate allows for professional bi-directional communication with other crew members. Customized mixes can be sent to the camera or crew with multiple mix buses. With the ability to record to three media simultaneously, users can turn over an SD card to production, AAC files for transcription and keep a backup on the internal 256 GB SSD.

A built-in three band EQ may be set to either pre- or post-fade for each channel to tackle any problems directly on-set. Dugan Automixing or MixAssist can be enabled to automatically attenuate unused microphones in multi-microphone applications. Up to 16 channels can be automixed at a time.

There 888 ships on Oct. 30, 2019.

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