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Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Sound Devices 688 Kit gives both a 12-input mixer for recording in the field and a sturdy, rugged carry case for holding your recorder, wireless devices, and ancillary items.
The 688 records at sample rates up 192 kHz and sports an ambient timecode generator, all while offering you six XLR mic/line inputs, six line-level TA3 inputs, six auxiliary TA3 outputs, and AES42/AES3 digital inputs. The Orca OR-34 carry bag boasts an aluminum frame to ensure durability and provides six access points to the recorder. Also included are two pockets for storing accessories, front bungee cords to hold boom poles and cables, four external detachable pouches, and nine rubber bands to support aspects of your wireless system. Brushed blue polyester affords you easy glimpses into all aspects of your mixer, and a shoulder strap is supplied to facilitate ease in carrying.
Sound Devices 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer and 16-Track Recorder
Providing you with 12 analog inputs and the ability to record up to 16 inputs to SD and CompactFlash cards, the 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer and 16-Track Recorder from Sound Devices boasts a streamlined design with flexible routing and the company's MixAssist auto-mix system. Input comes in the form of 6 high-bandwidth mic/line inputs on XLR connectors and 6 line inputs on TA3 connectors, in addition to 2 AES42/AES3 digital inputs.
The 688 can record up to 16 tracks of your audio as mono- or polyphonic broadcast WAV files, supporting sample rates up to 192 kHz on up to 6 tracks. With its dual memory card recording, you can set up redundant recording or combinations of WAV and MP3 files. The recorder is compatible with both the SL-6 power distribution and 6-channel wireless system, and the CL-6 input controller.
The 688 has six high-bandwidth mic/line inputs on XLR connectors, each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan. Six additional line-level inputs on TA3 connectors offer flexibility for more complex productions.
All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade to its eight output buses, left/right plus Aux 1-6. The 688 can send its main left/right mix to three cameras simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs
The 688's digital processing engine delivers 12-channel auto-mixing capability using a proprietary algorithm. MixAssist automatically attenuates the level of inputs that are not active and helps maintain consistent background sound levels regardless of the number of open microphones. Comb filtering and phasing artifacts are also reduced when multiple mics pick up the same sound source by intelligently attenuating redundant mics
The 688 offers 16-track, polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording to SD and CompactFlash cards. All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks. The memory cards can be set independently, recording either identical material for real-time backup, or combinations of WAV and MP3 files
The 688 incorporates exclusive PowerSafe circuitry with smart sensing of available power sources, front panel warning indication of power loss, and an integrated 10-second power reserve that will, in the event of an inadvertent power loss, allow the 688 to safely stop recording, properly end all file operations, and then automatically shut down
Power on and start recording in less than two seconds. You never have to wait on sound
Timecode and Metadata
The 688 features an Ambient timecode generator and reader supporting all common rates and modes. A time code compare utility shows the difference between internal and external timecode. The 688 also generates sound reports and supports extensive metadata, via the front panel or attached USB keyboard
Eight output buses: L/R mix plus Aux 1-6; transformer-balanced XLR & Hirose outs for freedom from ground loops Two AES42/AES3 inputs, eight AES3 outputs
Direct menu control of SuperSlot-compatible wireless (with optional SL-6)
Supports all sample rates up to 192 kHz
Adjustable input & output delay
Three camera returns & dedicated COM return
Internal & external slate mic inputs
Ambient TC generator and reader and internal TC backup battery
Easy to navigate interface, 1000-nit LCD visible in all light conditions, configurable metering
USB Keyboard for metadata entry
User-configurable headphone presets
Lightweight, durable carbon-fiber chassis
Powered by AA-battery, external DC or NP1 via optional SL-6
ORCA OR-34 Audio / Mixer Bag
The OR-34 Audio / Mixer Bag from ORCA is designed to carry, protect, and enable access to your audio mixer. The bag's aluminum frame allows for access to the gear from six directions, and its bright blue polyester lining provides easy viewing of the equipment. The top clear TPU allows you to see your gear without opening the bag. The bag features two pockets for accessory storage, front bungee cords to hold a boom pole or cables, 4 external detachable pouches, and 9 rubber bands to support your wireless system. The rubber battery fittings secure your battery in place while the interior sliding system secures your gear. The bag also features detachable carrying handles and a shoulder strap and can be connected to the ORCA Harness for easier carrying.
Sliding system to secure mixture inside the bag
Top clear TPU for viewing
Battery pocket with extra battery fittings
Detachable carrying handles and shoulder strap
2 pockets for storing audio accessories
4 external detachable pouches and 9 rubber bands to hold a wireless system
Front bungee cords can hold a boom pole or cables
Aluminum frame allows access to the gear from six directions
Inside lining made from bright blue brushed polyester for easier equipment viewing