Sound Devices 788T-SSD Portable Digital Recorder

The Sound Devices 788T-SSD Portable Digital Recorder builds on the success of the Sound Devices 7-series digital recorders. The 788T-SSD is a lightweight and compact professional recorder that features 8 digital recording tracks.

An internal 256GB SSD, CompactFlash media with UDMA support, external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering) all serve as compatible recordable media. Any or all of these options may be used to record audio simultaneously and the 788T-SSD serves as a mass storage device when connected to high-speed USB or FireWire ports on Windows and Mac OS X computers.

The 8 microphone and line-level inputs are provided as 4 XLR and 4 TA3-male connections. The 788T-SSD has 8 channels of balanced AES3 digital input and 6 channels of balanced AES3 output for simple integration with compatible AES3 digital cameras and mixers. All of the 7-series feature still apply; including 48V phantom, limiter, polarity reverse, high-pass, selectable delay and headphone monitoring on each input.

Full Description:

The Sound Devices 788T-SSD Portable Digital Recorder builds on the success of the Sound Devices 7-series digital recorders. The 788T-SSD is a lightweight and compact professional recorder that features 8 digital recording tracks.

An internal 256GB SSD, CompactFlash media with UDMA support, external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering) all serve as compatible recordable media. Any or all of these options may be used to record audio simultaneously and the 788T-SSD serves as a mass storage device when connected to high-speed USB or FireWire ports on Windows and Mac OS X computers.

The 8 microphone and line-level inputs are provided as 4 XLR and 4 TA3-male connections. The 788T-SSD has 8 channels of balanced AES3 digital input and 6 channels of balanced AES3 output for simple integration with compatible AES3 digital cameras and mixers. All of the 7-series feature still apply; including 48V phantom, limiter, polarity reverse, high-pass, selectable delay and headphone monitoring on each input.

Compact and Durable

8-track portable SSD/CompactFlash audio recorder with 256GB internal SSD and full time code implementation

Compact aluminum and stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight, resistant to environmental extremes

 

Comprehensive Professional Connectivity

8 channels of improved microphone and line inputs with phantom power, limiting, and high-pass filters

3-channel, balanced mic/line level outputs on TA3 connectors

Multi-pin AES3 I/O for complete compatibility with supported digital cameras, mixers, etc

High speed FireWire and USB ports for high-speed data transfer to computers for editing and backup

 

High-Resolution Recording and Synchronization

24-bit or 16-bit with or without dither, 32kHz - 96kHz sampling rates

Input-to-track assignment with 256 possible routing combinations

WAV or BWF format, mono or poly files, uncompressed PCM audio

MP3 encode and decode, 32 to 320kbps stereo files

Stable, reliable Ambient time code circuitry, tunable to <0.2 PPM accuracy with all relevant TC rates and full Word Clock I/O

 

Flexible Metering and Powering

Programmable backlit, sunlight-viewable LED level metering; selectable, menu-driven metering ballistics

Large backlit, adjustable LCD display; fully dedicated status and activity LED indicators, backlit controls

Removable Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, compatible with Sony M- and L-mount batteries

10-18VDC external input powers and charges on-board battery, 100-240V worldwide power supply

 

Internal: 32, 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 96.096, 176.4 and 192 kHz

External clocking: 32–96.096 kHz via word clock or digital inputs

Internal Data Path and Processing

32 bit, 192 dB dynamic range

A/D, D/A Converters

24 bit, 192 kHz sample rate maximum

A/D Dynamic Range

123 dB, A-weighted bandwidth

120 dB, 20 Hz–22 kHz bandwidth

D/A Dynamic Range

114 dB, A-weighted bandwidth

111 dB, 20 Hz–22 kHz bandwidth

Analog Audio

Frequency Res. Mic or Line

10 Hz–40 kHz, +0.1, -0.5 (gain controls centered, measured at 48 kHz)

THD + Noise

Mic: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, gain control down, -15 dBu input)

Line: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, gain control down, +16 dBu input)

Gain (input dBu to -20 dBFS)

Mic: Off (0) to 76.0 dB

Line: Off, -26.0 to 50.0 dB

Input Impedance

Mic (XLR and TA3): 3.3k ohm; Line (XLR and TA3): 3.3k ohm

Input Clipping Level

Mic input: +8 dBu minimum (gain = 10 dB); line input: +26 dBu minimum (gain = 0 dB)

Input Topology Mic and Line

Fully electronically balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold

Gain Matching Mic/Line inputs

0.1 dB increments, channel-to-channel while linked

Common Mode Rejection Ratio

Mic: 40 dB minimum at 80 Hz

Metering

112-segment (8 x 14), sunlight-viewable, selectable peak, VU, or peak (with or without peak hold) with VU ballistics, variable brightness

High-Pass Filters

40-320 Hz in 10Hz steps @ 6/12 dB/oct (Setup Menu selectable)

Mic Powering (Each analog input selectable)

48 V phantom through 6.8k resistors, 10 mA per mic available, menu-selected per channel in mic or line level positions

Mic/Line Input Limiters

Variable threshold -12 to -2 dBFS; Infinite:1 limiting ratio, 2 mS attack time, menu-selectable release time 200-2000 mS, soft-knee starting approximately 6dB below setting.

Line Output Clipping Level

+24 dBu minimum, 10k ohm load

Attenuation & Resolution

0–20 dB, 1 dB increments

Output Topology Line

Fully electronically-balanced, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 driven hot, pin-3 driven cold; let pin-3 float for unbalanced connections.

I/O – Digital

Balanced AES in 1-8 on DE15 connector 110 ohm, 2 V p-p, AES and S/PDIF compatible with RCA adaptor, AES42 mode 1 compatible and provides 10 V to AES42 microphones

AES3 Balanced AES out 1-4 on TA3 connector; Balanced AES out 5-6 on DE15 connector 110 ohm, 2 Vp-p, AES and S/PDIF compatible with RCA adaptor

Digital Storage

Internal hard drive SATA interface 2.5-in hard drive 4200–7200 RPM supported, solid-state drive (SSD) support, FAT32 formatted, up to 2 TB addressable

CompactFlash CF type I, II, and + (microdrive) compatible, UDMA (300x) compatible, FAT32 formatted, up to 2 TB addressable

File Types

Record: WAV (AES-31 format), mono or polyphonic, at supported Fs, 24-bit or 16-bit;

Playback: WAV (AES-31 format), mono or polyphonic, at supported Fs, 24-bit or 16-bit;

MP3 @ 32, 64, 96, 128, 160, 192, 256, or 320 kb/s stereo; MP2 @ 64, 96, 128, 160, 192, 256, or 320, 384 kb/s stereo

Utilities

Drive formatting and speed test for internal hard drive, CF and external drive volumes

Data Transfer / Control

FireWire 400: For connection to external drives and computers: IEEE-1394a compliant, 6-pin FireWire, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7) Mac OS X only

FireWire 800: For connection to external drives and computers: IEEE-1394b compliant, 8-pin FireWire, Windows (2000, XP, Vista, 7), Mac OS X only

USB 2.0: Slave mode only. For connection to Windows( 2000, XP, Vista,7) Mac OS X only

USB Keyboard Input: For connection to USB keyboards for entering notes and controlling features and functions of the 788T via user selectable keyboard shortcuts.

Time Code

Modes Supported: Off, free run, record run, 24 hour run, external time code receive, free run -auto output mute

Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND, 30+

Accuracy: 0.2 ppm, when tuned with Ambient Master Controller, holds TC clock for 4 hours after main battery removal; after 4 hours, retains time of day

Input / Output 20k ohm impedance, 0.3V p-p (–8 dBu) minimum / 1k ohm impedance, 3.0V p-p (+12 dBu)

Word Source

Internal Sync: internal word clock generator

External Sync Input: Word Clock, AES3, or Video (NTSC, PAL, and Tri-Level)

Word Clock Output: Square wave, running at sample rate, 3.3 V p-p, 75 ohm

Power

Power supply (batteries): operating cell, removable 7.2 V (nominal) Sony L-type Li-ion, operational from 6.5–8.5 V, time code battery, internal 3.6 Li–ion

Power supply (external): 10–18 V, 1000 mA minimum, via locking 4-pin Hirose connector, use Hirose #HR10-7P-4P (DigiKey# HR100-ND) for locking mating DC connector; pin-1 (-), pin-4 (+).

Environmental

Operation and Storage ambient temperature 5–55° C, relative humidity (non-condensing) 80%

Other

Tone Oscillator: 100 Hz–10 kHz, variable output, assigned to tracks or outputs (menu-selectable), continuious or L-ident mode

Dimensions and Weight

Size: 45 mm x 257 mm x 163 mm (H x W x D) 1.8" x 10.1" x 6.4"

Mass: unpackaged: 1.7 kg, (3 lbs 12 oz.) without battery

 

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