Sound Devices to Showcase 688 Production Audio Mixer with Fader at 2016 NAB Show

At the 2016 NAB Show, Sound Devices will showcase its new 688 12-input, 16-track portable mixer/recorder with optional SL-6 powering and wireless system and the CL-12 linear fader controller.

Sound Devices said the complete system brings a new level of versatility to the sound mixer’s toolkit. Using the 688 with the SL-6 streamlines powering and wireless control. The CL-12, which integrates with any 6-Series mixer/recorder, enables easy transition to cart-based workflows.

“Today’s audio professionals face greater expectations for more mics, feeds and audio channels, amidst tighter time constraints and fast-paced schedules,” said Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. “The 688 and SL-6 combine with slot-in receivers to provide unprecedented powering and wireless control, while nearly eliminating all excess cables in a sound mixer’s bag.

“Now, add the CL-12 to the 688, and the portable mixer instantly becomes a fully cohesive cart-based audio recording system with expanded mixing capabilities. The 688 system’s ability to rapidly transform from bag to cart, and back again, makes it the perfect investment for audio professionals, especially those who need high-quality tools that can adapt to a challenging, ever-changing industry.”

Sound Devices Mixer with CL-12

Sound Devices Mixer with CL-12

The 688 is the first 6-Series mixer/recorder to incorporate Sound Devices’ MixAssist technology. MixAssist uses an algorithm to automatically attenuate inactive input levels and maintain consistent background levels, regardless of the number of open mics.

The 688 features six high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs, each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan, plus six additional line-level TA3 inputs for added flexibility in complex productions.

All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade, to eight-output buses: left/right plus Aux 1-6. The main left/right mix is available to three outputs simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs.

For recording, the 688 offers 16-track, polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV and MP3 file recording to SD and CompactFlash cards. All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks.

The 688 features comprehensive metadata editing, sound report creation, an Ambient timecode generator and reader, two-second power-on-to-record ability called QuickBoot and PowerSafe, a built-in, 10-second power reserve to protect against data loss from inadvertent power loss.

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