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Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder

You Pay: $6,649.00
Product Highlights
  • 8 Recording Tracks
  • Internal 256GB Solid-State Drive
  • CompactFlash Slot
  • Time Code Generator
  • FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0

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.

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

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
Type Portable 8-Channel Digital Hard Disk Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods Medium:
Internal 256GB SSD*
CompactFlash Type I, II and Microdrive*
File Format: WAV, BWF, MP3
*FAT32 Formatted
Recording Bit Rate 16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling Frequency Internal: 32, 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 96.096kHz
External: 32-96.096kHz (Word Clock Input)
Number of Channels 8
Frequency Response 10Hz - 20kHz, +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)
D/A:
112dB (A-Weighted)
108dB (20Hz - 22kHz)
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 4 x Mic/Line Balanced 3-Pin XLR
4 x Mic/Line Balanced TA3-Male
1 x AES3 Multi-Pin I/O Connector
1 x FireWire 800
1 x FireWire 400
1 x USB Port
Output 4 x Analog Balanced TA3-Male
2 x Analog Unbalanced Stereo L/R (5,6) 3.5mm Mini
2 x Balanced AES Out TA3-Male (1,2 / 3,4)
1 x Timecode Output
1 x FireWire 800
1 x FireWire 400
1 x USB Port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8" (256.54 x 163 x 44mm)
Weight 3.75 lbs (1.7kg) (Without Battery)
Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio 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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    Sound Devices788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder
     
    4.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (8)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Low distortion (6)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Home studio (3)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sound quality beyond my dreams

      I am using a version of the Sound Devices 788T with a solid state disk inside (788T-SSD) for location sound (mostly effects sounds) and classical music recording, both on location and in...Read complete review

      I am using a version of the Sound Devices 788T with a solid state disk inside (788T-SSD) for location sound (mostly effects sounds) and classical music recording, both on location and in my home studio. The firmware version as of this writing is 2.14. This is important as different firmware may make this unit a completely different piece of equipment. I also have the Sound Devices CL-9 control surface, which especially eases music multitrack recording.This review is about one thing only: sound quality. All my recordings are made at a sampling rate of 96kHz (24bit), for best definition in complex mixes (many of them being surround 5.1). The AD-converter of the 788T is of exceptional quality at this rate with terriffic headroom, even compared to outboard converters, like RME Fireface 800's or Apogee's. (There is no comparison with the likes of M-Audio Profire 2626 for example. I gave that thing to a friend.) Actually, whenever possible I prefer to use the 788T, even when recording in the studio. This is not only because of the great AD-converters, but also because of the immaculate preamps. I don't know what Sound Devices have done to their signal chain, but I do get the absolute best signal to noise performance from these preamps. I hate noise and therefore I have a whole range of very expensive mic preamps of the clean type. None of them match the low noise and excellent signal response of the 788T's. So I have a pile of mic preamps costing many thousands of euros sitting in a corner because of the 788T. It is almost annoying, so from time to time I try again using them, hoping for some new love. Instead I keep coming back to the 788T's built in preamps. I use many different microphones with different impedances, but all these are handled effortlessly by the 788T, while my outboard preamps can have difficulty with some.All this means that I can pack top of the line studio recording quality in just one bag. The price-per-channel can even be considered very low, compared to a traditional studio setup. So as long as playback of channels during recording is not needed, the 788T will always be my recorder of choice.Please note that the preamps in the 788T are not the same as in the other Sound Devices recorders. Those are also very good, but generally sound more colored because they use transformers. That is great for dialog recording, but may be less desirable for perfectly neutral sound reproduction, which is of key importance when recording classical instruments.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great quality, accessories needed

      Pros:

      great mic pre's
      Great limiters
      Endless routing capablities
      Timecode

      Cons:

      4 xlr inputs & 4 TA3 inputs. TA3 to xlr...Read complete review

      Pros:

      great mic pre's
      Great limiters
      Endless routing capablities
      Timecode

      Cons:

      4 xlr inputs & 4 TA3 inputs. TA3 to xlr cables from SD are half a c-note for 2
      Outputs are also TA3. These cables are up to 3/4 of a c-note/each to xlr
      Supplied sony L type battery lasts about 2 hours tops and is difficult to change out when in your bag. You will have to buy something like the np1 battery cup system. About a g with 3 batts.
      Time code cable also expensive.
      Gets very hot.

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      5.0

      Only The Best

      By Le Grand Fromage

      from Highland Park, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

        OMG, Finally, a product that does exactly what it is supposed to do i.e., record and mix Broadcast Quality Audio for Film and Video.

        I bought the 788T-SSD in 2012, and have not stopped working with it since then. In 2012, I wrapped 7 film projects and 1 TV show, in 2013, I wrapped 18 film projects. In 2014, to date, I have wrapped 5 film projects and I am booked for 2 more. What more has to be said!!

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        4.0

        the best

        By prosumer

        from SF, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

          This is a great product and the industry standard for a reason. Only reason I held off a star is the UI is not totally intuitive, I had to read the manual. But it is solid and well built and I hope to use it for some time.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          great quality, accessories needed

          By for pro's only

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

            Pros:

            great mic pre's
            Great limiters
            Endless routing capablities
            Timecode

            Cons:

            4 xlr inputs & 4 TA3 inputs. TA3 to xlr cables from SD are half a c-note for 2
            Outputs are also TA3. These cables are up to 3/4 of a c-note/each to xlr
            Supplied sony L type battery lasts about 2 hours tops and is difficult to change out when in your bag. You will have to buy something like the np1 battery cup system. About a g with 3 batts.
            Time code cable also expensive.
            Gets very hot.

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            (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Build quality is poor with Sound Devices

            By Bryan

            from Indiana, USA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

            I ordered the 788T back in April of this year. I have used it several times in the field, once for an extended (5 day) trip to record natural sounds. I also ordered the wireless CL-WiFi and the CL-8 control mixing panel. My experiences with these three have been:
            (1) the CL-WiFi unit arrived not in working condition. I had to pay to have it shipped back to B&H for another one (this took a week)
            (2) the LED on the 788T now has several lines that do not function
            (3) the manual for the 788T is not all that great. There are 100 menu items and many are not explained well in the manual
            (4) I cannot connect the CL-8 properly. The screws do not fit right despite several attempts to swap out different connectors and screws. I'll have to ship this back
            (5) a call made to a VP at Sound Devices to discuss build quality was not returned.
            (6) discussions with engineers at Sound Devices have been only somewhat helpful. I have a double M/S system I needed advice on how to properly hook it up. No one seemed to know how at SD.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            YES! YOU SHOULD

            By EPIC BRONCO

            from SF, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

              THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT. SOUNDS GREAT! THE REVIEWS ARE CORRECT. I PLAYED W/ IT BEFORE PURCHASE. I LOVE THIS THING!

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sound quality beyond my dreams

              By Eyecatcher

              from Europe

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • No playback during record

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

              I am using a version of the Sound Devices 788T with a solid state disk inside (788T-SSD) for location sound (mostly effects sounds) and classical music recording, both on location and in my home studio. The firmware version as of this writing is 2.14. This is important as different firmware may make this unit a completely different piece of equipment. I also have the Sound Devices CL-9 control surface, which especially eases music multitrack recording.This review is about one thing only: sound quality. All my recordings are made at a sampling rate of 96kHz (24bit), for best definition in complex mixes (many of them being surround 5.1). The AD-converter of the 788T is of exceptional quality at this rate with terriffic headroom, even compared to outboard converters, like RME Fireface 800's or Apogee's. (There is no comparison with the likes of M-Audio Profire 2626 for example. I gave that thing to a friend.) Actually, whenever possible I prefer to use the 788T, even when recording in the studio. This is not only because of the great AD-converters, but also because of the immaculate preamps. I don't know what Sound Devices have done to their signal chain, but I do get the absolute best signal to noise performance from these preamps. I hate noise and therefore I have a whole range of very expensive mic preamps of the clean type. None of them match the low noise and excellent signal response of the 788T's. So I have a pile of mic preamps costing many thousands of euros sitting in a corner because of the 788T. It is almost annoying, so from time to time I try again using them, hoping for some new love. Instead I keep coming back to the 788T's built in preamps. I use many different microphones with different impedances, but all these are handled effortlessly by the 788T, while my outboard preamps can have difficulty with some.All this means that I can pack top of the line studio recording quality in just one bag. The price-per-channel can even be considered very low, compared to a traditional studio setup. So as long as playback of channels during recording is not needed, the 788T will always be my recorder of choice.Please note that the preamps in the 788T are not the same as in the other Sound Devices recorders. Those are also very good, but generally sound more colored because they use transformers. That is great for dialog recording, but may be less desirable for perfectly neutral sound reproduction, which is of key importance when recording classical instruments.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best 8 channel recorder ever made

              By Classic Dan

              from Pennsylvania

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

                This 8 channel recorder was worth every penny. I film many things and am glad I will now be able to get everything out of my 6 expensive Schoeps microphones rather than losing most of the quality by hooking them directly up to my XLR camera inputs of my Sony EX1R's.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Definitely worth the investment

                By Jakob da Jewela

                from San Gabriel, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

                  The 788T recorder is great! The PFL gain knobs illuminate green, yellow, or red based on your incoming signal. This allows you to know how hot your signal is without only looking at the LED meters. The menus are also very easy to navigate. You can clearly tell when your tracks are armed for recording. The CL-8 mixer is a must have accessory to this recorder.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Top contender

                  By OEG Music

                  from Mesa, AZ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Film Sound
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

                    This is absolutely one of the best field recorders out there, and probably the single best that's intended for over-the-shoulder use. Super clean, clear pre-amps, great feature set with plenty of updates and new ones coming multiple times a year, amazing customer service, and best of all it's robust enough to operate in all manner of environments and conditions, especially with the SSD. I've used 7-series recorders in everything from rain to mud to 115-degree blazing desert sun and they all stand up great.8 tracks are great, and more than enough for most things you'd ever need to record in the field. Honestly the only thing I don't like about this box is the fact that inputs 4-8 require special TA3-F to XLR-F adapter cables to use. I know that there are space considerations preventing them from using proper XLR jacks, but I really wish they'd found another way to deal with it rather than making you buy the cables. Like maybe including them with the initial purchase?it

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Portable Field Recorder Ever Made

                    By sound artist

                    from san francisco

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use
                    • Great Sound quality
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Portability
                    • Reliable
                    • Well built

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Mobile surround recording

                    Comments about Sound Devices 788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder:

                    The Sound Devices 788 portable 8 channel digital recorder is a dream come true. Thirty Five years ago i made mobile 8 channel recordings from an outside broadcast truck on a 1 inch analogue recorder. Having an over the shoulder 8 channel recorder with great mic pre-amps amazing. This is a great recoerder to use with surround micropphones such as the new DPA 5100 or the Holosonics. It can also record simultaneously to its built in solid state drive, a compact flash card and an external fire wire drive. The physical design and robustness of the recorder is consistant with all the other Sound Devices products I have used, such as the 4 channel 744 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: $78.00
                     

                    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 -  16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x UDMA
                    • Price: $45.65
                    • Instant Savings: -$2.70
                    • Offer ends AUG 2 '14
                    • You Pay: $42.95
                     

                    Headphones

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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
                     

                    Remote Controls

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                    Have control at your fingertips with a remote.

                    Sound Devices -  CL-2 Remote Fader Controller for 788T Recorders
                    • You Pay: $390.00
                    Usually ships in 7-14 business days ? This is a special order item and is non-cancelable and non-returnable. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.
                     

                    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: $1,185.00
                     
                    Sound Devices -  CL-9 Linear Fader Controller for 788T Recorder
                    • You Pay: $2,350.00
                    Usually ships in 7-14 business days ? This is a special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at the time of shipment.
                     

                    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: $250.00
                     
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