The Sound Devices 552 Production Mixer combines professional-quality analog and digital technologies in a robust metal housing to provide a compact and lightweight mixing and recording solution for a variety of applications. The unit features 5 transformer-balanced XLR mic inputs, each with its own limiter and sweepable high-pass filter. Each of the inputs also has its own pre-or-post-fader direct output. It also features 3 sets of master outputs and several unbalanced outputs, allowing you to connect to a variety of recorders, cameras, and more. The master XLR outputs can be set for analog or digital operation, and are capable of sending 4 channels of 24-bit AES/EBU signals.
The 552 also features an internal stereo recorder, which can capture WAV or MP3 files at either 16-bit or 24-bit; with sample rates from 44.1kHz all the way up to 96kHz. The unit accepts SD and SDHC flash memory cards, which are widely-available and feature no moving parts for exceptional reliability. A simple joystick control on the 552's front panel lets you take command of recording functions.
All of this technology is packed into a compact unit that weighs less than 5 pounds. The top and bottom chassis panels are constructed from molded, metalized carbon fiber for exceptional durability. The front panel is gasketed for excellent moisture resistance. The unit can operate on a set of 4 AA batteries, or an external 10-18VDC power supply.
Note: 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.
Lightweight and Portable
The unit has a lightweight design that uses metalized, molded carbon fiber top and bottom panels for strength and durability. It also has a gasketed front panel for resistance to moisture
5 Input Channels
The mixer features 5 XLR inputs, each with 2-stage gain control, a limiter, a sweepable high-pass filter, and solo monitoring. Each input also has its own dedicated pre-or-post-fader TA3 direct output
Analog and Digital Outputs
The mixer has 3 sets of balanced master outputs, as well as several unbalanced connectors for versatile connectivity to complex and multi-camera setups. The XLR outputs can be set for analog or digital operation, and are capable of outputting 4 channels of 24-bit AES/EBU digital audio
Built-in Stereo Recorder
The internal recorder can write WAV or MP3 files to SD or SDHC cards at rates as high as 24-bit/96kHz. Recording controls are accessed by an easy-to-use joystick on the front panel
The bright LED meters offer accurate level metering, including a zoom mode for high-precision monitoring near 0dB
Time Code Capability
The mixer can accept time code input in order to time-stamp your files
Setup Menu and Voice Confirmation
When accessing and navigating the Setup Menu, voice confirmations are played back in your headphones to supply you with critical operational information
The mixer can be powered with a set of 4 AA batteries, or by an external 10-18VDC power supply for terrific flexibility
In the Box
Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder
Accepts SD / SDHC / SDXC cards, high-speed class 10 cards are recommended - please see manufacturer's site for list of approved cards
5 x TA3 Direct Outputs
2 x Analog/Digital XLR Outputs
1 x 10-Pin Hirose Mic/Line "Return A" Output
1 x 3.5mm "Return B" Output
1 x 3.5mm Tape Output
1 x 3.5mm Mono Mic Output
1 x TA3 "Return B"/Time Code In Connector
1 x TA3 Balanced Stereo Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x TA3 Tape Output
1 x TA5 Output
1 x 3.5mm Headphone Output
1 x 1/4" Headphone Output