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Sound Devices 788T 8-Channel Portable HD Recorder

B&H # SO788T MFR # 788T
Sound Devices 788T 8-Channel Portable HD Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • 12 Total Recording Tracks
  • Internal 160 GB, 2.5-inch Hard Drive
  • CompactFlash Slot
  • Time Code Generator
  • FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0
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You Pay: $6,589.00

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The Sound Devices 788T Portable Digital Recorder builds on the success of the Sound Devices 7-series digital recorders. The 788T is a lightweight and compact professional recorder and features 8 digital recording tracks. An internal 160 GB SATA hard drive, 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 serves as a mass storage device when connected to high-speed USB / FireWire ports on Windows and MAC OSX computers.

Eight microphone and line-level inputs are provided as four XLR and four TA3-male connections. The 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six 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.

Note: Firmware revision 2.01 for the 788T is now available for download andinstallation. It is recommended that all 788T users and owners update now. Detailed instructions and changes are on the download page at: http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware.htm

Please note that not all memory cards are approved to work with this device. Please check manufacturer's website for a list of approved cards.

Compact and Durable

8-track portable hard disk/Compact Flash audio recorder with 160GB internal hard drive and full time code implementation
Compact aluminum and stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight, resistant to environmental extremes

Comprehensive Professional Connectivity

Eight channels of improved microphone and line inputs with phantom power, limiting, and high-pass filters
Three-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 port 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, up to 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 320 kb/s stereo file
Stable, reliable Ambient time code circuitry, tunable to <0.2 PPM accuracy with all relevant TC rates, 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
Type Portable 8-Channel Digital Hard Disk Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods Medium:
ATA-5 2.5" EIDE, 4200-7200 RPM Hard Drive*
Compact Flash Type I, II and Microdrive*
Please see manufacturer's site for a list of approved cards
File Format:
*FAT32 Formatted
Recording Bit Rate 16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling Frequency Internal: Up to 96kHz
External: 32-96.096kHz (Word Clock Input)
Number of Channels 12
Frequency Response 10Hz - 40kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB (gain controls centered)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dynamic Range A/D:
114dB, A-weighted
110dB, 20Hz - 22kHz bandwidth
112dB, A-weighted
108dB, 20Hz - 22kHz bandwidth
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Mic: 0.004% max.(1kHz, 22Hz - 22kHz BW, gain control down, -15dBu input)
Line: 0.004% max.(1kHz, 22Hz - 22kHz BW, gain control down, +16 dBu input
Inputs Mic/Line - Balanced 3-pin XLR x4
Mic/Line - Balanced TA3-male x4
AES3 - Multi-pin I/O Connector
FireWire 800
FireWire 400
Analog Balanced - TA3-male x4
Analog Unbalanced - Stereo L/R (5,6) 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini
Balanced AES Out - TA3-male (1,2 / 3,4) x2
Timecode Output
FireWire 800
FireWire 400
Headphone Output 1/4" Phone
1/8" (3.5mm) Mini
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8" (256.54 x 163 x 44mm)
Weight 3 lb 12 oz (1.7kg) (without battery)
Sound Devices 788T 8-Channel Portable HD Recorder
  • XL-WPH2 Power Supply
  • XL-RJ - C. Link Cable
  • CS-MAN Carrying Pouch
  • Owner's Manual
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

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    Only used 1 but in love with it !

    By radamo

    from worldwide

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    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sound Devices 788T 8-Channel Portable HD Recorder:

      I was always anxious with recording audio in the field. With only 10 minutes reading the manual, I understood I can be cool now with double recording on HD and CP. Nothing to do, it is just the normal way to record on it.

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      Is there a better audio recorder?

      By nolance

      from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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      Verified Buyer


      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile


        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sound Devices 788T 8-Channel Portable HD Recorder:

        I record music on location, mostly live classical music. For such an application, the 788T may be too good. Not that I don’t appreciate the eight very good and quiet mic preamps, the redundant recording media and power sources, the small size and light weight. It’s just that I’ve never needed the extreme ruggedness of this unit, and I never used the time code. And since I believe, in general, the fewer mics the better maybe 8 mic pres are too many. On the other hand, it’s sure nice to be able to have 4 channels for the main mics (two Sennheiser MKH800 Twins) and a couple of channels for solo mics, with 2 more channels for a backup stereo pair in another location. Then to be able to pick and choose and mix the channels in post is great, even if the final mix only uses two of the 8 recorded channels. Even though I only record 24bits/48kHz, the 788T has recently been updated to be able to record 8 channels of up to 24bits/96kHz.The 788T has 8 inputs, but it can record up to 12 tracks. Each of the 12 tracks can be a mix of any combination of the 8 inputs. Even though you mix to a track, you don’t have to record that track. This can be helpful when you want to set up a monitor mix (that is not recorded) for mic placement, but you record the individual mics for post. Or they are shooting video and you can send them an audio mix.I love being able to haul in and haul out my gear in one trip; mics in one bag, recorder in another, and stands & cable in a backpack. One trip is much faster and much more secure. You can run off batteries for hours, and you can swap batteries without interrupting recording since the 788T has two power sources.[...] They respond to emails quickly and thoroughly answer your questions. They frequently update the 788T firmware and will incorporate customer suggested features.Is it perfect? No, there are a couple of minor changes I like to see in the 788T, but I’m hoping to see them in future firmware updates. But at this point, is there any better portable audio recorder?

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        Batteries & Power

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        Always keep spare batteries or a power supply handy so you won't get caught without power.

        Sound Devices - XL-B2 Spare Lithium-Ion Battery
        • You Pay: $81.00


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        Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

        Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.46 m), Black
        • You Pay: $14.99

        Store and read data with the proper media.

        Lexar - 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x UDMA 7
        • You Pay: $51.97


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        Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

        Senal - SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
        • You Pay: $89.99

        Additional Hardware

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        Additional hardware extends the flexibility of your system.

        Sound Devices - CL-8 Mixing Control Surface for 788T Recorder
        • You Pay: $1,221.00
        Sound Devices - CL-9 Linear Fader Controller for 788T Recorder
        • You Pay: $2,420.00
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        Cases & Protection

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        Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

        Sound Devices - CS-5 Nylon Production Case for 552 or 788T
        • You Pay: $258.00
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