The Sound Devices 970: 64-Track Dante And MADI Audio Recorder is a 2RU half-rack rackmountable multi-track audio recorder designed for mission critical applications that require high track counts with metadata support and network connectivity through the Dante and MADI protocols. This is useful for recording engineers using sound carts or for installed applications such as at broadcast news network.
For I/O the recorder features eight analog input channels via D-SUB connector, eight channels of professional AES digital inputs via D-SUB, MADI IN and OUT, and DANTE IN and OUT. It also features a headphone input with volume control on the front panel. The unit can record up to 64 mono or polyphonic .WAV tracks at 24-bit 48 kHz resolution from any of its 144 available inputs. It can also record a maximum of 32 channels at a maximum resolution of 24-bit at 96 kHz and can convert between any of the available recording formats internally.
For storage, the unit can record to up to four drives (two internal behind the display and two over rear eSATA connections) in either serial mode one after the other or to multiple drives simultaneously for redundant backups.
In the event of power loss, the unit will instantaneously switch over to its internal battery to save and close all files to ensure against data loss. It features a built-in Ambient Timecode generator which can act as a master clock. Alternatively it can be clocked to external devices with full support for common production modes and time code rates. Each input features an SRC to streamline and simplify the connection to multiple digital inputs.
The recorder can be controlled via the front panel LCD-based user interface or over an Ethernet network connected to a browser-capable computer or tablet.