Sound Devices Scorpio 32-Channel/36-Track Portable Mixer-Recorder for Pro Audio Applications

Sound Devices Scorpio 32-Channel/36-Track Portable Mixer-Recorder for Pro Audio Applications

Sound Devices Scorpio 32-Channel/36-Track Portable Mixer-Recorder for Pro Audio Applications

Sound Devices Scorpio 32-Channel/36-Track Portable Mixer-Recorder for Pro Audio Applications

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Product Highlights

  • 16 Low-Noise, High-Quality Mic/Line Ins
  • 32 I/O over Dante, AES I/O
  • Per-Channel EQ, HPF, Limiting & More
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • XLR, TA5 & TA3 Inputs / 12 Analog Outs
  • 12 Busses, Fully Routable Matrix
  • Accurate Timecode Generator
  • Internal 256 GB SSD
  • Simultaneous Recording to SD Cards
  • Multiple Battery & Powering Options
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Sound Devices Scorpio Overview

  • 1Description

Designed for production use in the field—and boasting a powerful feature set even by the standard of Sound Devices—the Scorpio is a 32-channel, 36-track, Dante-enabled portable field mixer and recorder with a panoply of connections. Indeed, the Scorpio is the flagship sound-recording device in Sound Devices' production line.

16 high-quality, low-noise preamps are on-hand right from the device, accepting inputs over XLR, TA3, and TA5 connections. These preamps outperform all previous Sound Devices pres by any measurable spec. All of them provide 3-band EQs, analog limiting, high-pass filters, adjustable delays, and phantom power.

Need 32 channels of Dante in and out? The Scorpio is equipped for that. It also handles AES I/O and gives you 12 analog outputs. Multiple headphone outs are on hand to suit any kind of situation. Even communication headsets can be accommodated.

Use the Scorpio to mix up to 12 individual buses, all in a compact form factor that works equally well in an over-the-shoulder rig or a mobile environment. With an onboard engine that makes use of three FGPA circuits and six ARM processors, the Scorpio can handle complex routing schemes, pushing audio through its 64-bit engine to ensure a high-quality sound for your demanding, in-the-field needs.

The Scorpio boasts a 256 GB internal SSD for recording audio straight to the device, though two SD card slots are on hand for redundancy. Simultaneous recording is supported—though that of course might be redundant to say. The accurate, onboard timecode generator boasts its own battery to hold timecode for up to four hours after you power off the device.

The device was built to be as ergonomic as it is powerful, offering you one- or two-button accessibility to most menu options, and one-handed control over many menu shortcuts. Power the mixer with L-mount batteries, or use the TA4 DC inputs with smart batteries, inline power supplies, or NP-1 batteries. This Sound Devices' sound device even gives you a built-in dual L-mount battery charger.

Key Features at a Glance
  • 16 low-noise, Scorpio microphone preamps
  • 32 channels, 12 buses, and 36 tracks
  • 32 channels of Dante I/O
  • AES I/O
  • 12 analog outputs
  • Timecode I/O
  • Multiple headphone outputs
  • I/O for comm headsets in addition to headphones
  • Fully customizable routing matrix
  • Easy-to-read metering
  • Onboard EQ, high-pass filtering, and limiting
  • Multiple powering options
  • Rugged design for durability
  • 256 GB internal SSD
  • 2 SD card slots
  • Simultaneous recording to internal SSD and SD cards
  • USB control surface support via MCU


In the Box
Sound Devices Scorpio 32-Channel/36-Track Portable Mixer-Recorder for Pro Audio Applications
  • XL-WPTA4 AC to DC Power Supply for Scorpio Mixer-Recorder
  • SMA Antenna
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sound Devices Scorpio Specs

    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz 0.5 dB (192 kHz Sample Rate, Reference at 1 kHz)
    THD + Noise 0.005% Max (Mic Input, 1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz BW, Trim at 20, Fader at 0, -10 dBu Input)
    Equivalent Input Noise -131 dBV (-129 dBu) Max (Mic Input, A-Weighting, 76 dB Gain, 150-Ohm Source)
    Engine FPGA-Based Audio Processing, 3 FPGAs
    6-Way ARM Multiprocessor System
    64-Bit Audio Processing Precision
    Ethernet Specifications Dante, AES67 Compatible
    32 Channels I/O (up to 96 kHz), 16 Channels I/O (192 kHz)
    1 GB/s
    2 Ports, Transformer-Balanced
    Mic Inputs Class-A, Discrete Differential, Long-Tail Pair
    Line Inputs Active-Balanced
    Inputs Mic/Line Inputs: 6 x XLR-3, 2 x TA3, 8 x TA5
    Mic-Level Inputs: (XLR, TA3, TA5): Class-A, Discrete Differential Long-Tail Pair 
    Line-Level Inputs: (XLR, TA3, TA5): Active-Balanced 
    48 V Phantom: 10 mA to All 16 Inputs Simultaneously
    AES3 or AES42: over XLR Inputs 1 and 6
    AES42: +10 V, 250 mA Available, Mode-1, Auto-ASRC
    Rtn A, B, C (3.5 mm/10-Pin): Unbalanced 2-Channel 
    Com Rtn 1, 2 (TA3/3.5mm): Balanced, 1-Channel 
    External Slate Mic (TA5): Balanced,  Menu-Selectable 12 V Phantom 
    Input Impedance Mic-Level Inputs: 4 kOhms
    Line-Level Inputs: 4 kOhms
    Rtn A, B, C (3.5 mm/10-Pin): 4 kOhms 
    Com Rtn 1, 2 (TA3/3.5mm):  8 kOhms
    External Slate Mic (TA5): 8 kOhms 
    Maximum Input Level Mic: +8 dBu (2.0 Vrms)
    Line: +28 dBu (19.5 Vrms)
    Rtn A, B, C: +18 dBu (6.2 Vrms)
    Com Rtn 1, 2: +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms)
    External Slate Mic: +12 dBu (3.2 Vrms)
    High-Pass Filter Adjustable from 40 to 320 Hz, 18 dB/Oct
    1st Stage: Analog (Before Preamp)
    2nd Stage: Digital
    Limiter 1st Stage: Analog
    All Subsequent Stages: Digital
    Attack Time: 1 ms
    Release Time: Adjustable, 50 to 1000 ms
    Threshold: Adjustable, -2 to -12 dBFS
    Selectable Knee: Hard or Soft
    Selectable Ratio: Inf: 1, 20:1
    Delay Channel Adjustable: 0 to 50 ms
    Output Adjustable: 0 to 500 ms
    Maximum Gain Trim Stage (Mic Input): 76 dB
    Trim Stage (Line Input): 36 dB
    Fader Stage: 16 dB
    Bus Stage: 16 dB
    Headphone Stage: 20 dB
    Mic-to-Line: 108 dB
    Mic-to-Headphone: 112 dB
    Outputs XLR (L, R): Active-Balanced
    Hirose 10-Pin (L, R): Active-Balanced
    TA3 (X1-X6): Active-Balanced
    3.5 mm Output (X7, X8): Unbalanced, Stereo
    Output Impedance XLR (L, R): 250/120 Ohms / 3.2 kOhms (Mic/Line/-10)
    Hirose 10-Pin (L, R): 250/120 Ohms / 3.2 kOhms (Mic/Line/-10)
    TA3 (X1-X6): 250/120 Ohms / 3.2 kOhms (Mic/Line/-10)
    3.5 mm Output (X7, X8): 1.8 kOhms
    Headphone Outputs 1/4" and 3.5 mm Outputs
    TA5 (along with Mic-Input Pins) for Single Connection to Headset + Mic
    High Output, 4-Ohm Output Impedance
    400 mW + 400 mW at Each Connector, Individually Driven
    Compatible with Headphones of Any Impedance
    Maximum Output Level Line: +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)
    -10: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
    Mic: -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)
    X7/X8 Out: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
    Headphone Outputs (1/4", TA-5, X9/X10): +14 dBu (4.0 Vrms)
    A/D Converters 32-Bit, 120 dBA, typical
    Sampling Rates: 44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz
    Digital Outputs AES3 Transformer-Balanced, in Pairs; 1-2 (XLR-L), 3-4 (XLR-R), 5-8 (Hirose 10-Pin A)
    110 Ohms, 2 V p-p, AES and S/PDIF Compatible
    Storage Space 256 GB SSD, Internal
    SD Card Slot 2 x, exFAT Formatting
    Recording Format Broadcast WAV Monophonic and Polyphonic File Format
    64-Bit WAV (RF64) Monophonic and Polyphonic Support for Files >4 G
    USB USB-C (USB 3.1 Type 1) for File Transfer of Internal SSD, both SD Cards
    USB-A Host for Keyboard, External Controller
    External USB Hubs Supported for Connecting Multiple Devices
    Timecode Modes Supported: Off, Rec Run, Free Run, 24H Run, External (Including External Auto-Record and Continuous Modes)
    Accuracy: 0.1 ppm (0.25 Frames per 24 Hours)
    Frame Rates 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 DF, 29.97 ND, 30 DF, 30 ND
    Timecode Input 20-kOhm Impedance, 0.3 V to 3.0 V p-p (-17 dBu to +3 dBu)
    Timecode Output 75-Ohm Impedance, 5 V p-p (+12 dBu)
    Word Clock I/O Input: 10-kOhm/75-Ohm Selectable Impedance, 1-5 V p-p Input Sensitivity
    Output: 75-Ohm Impedance, 5 V p-p Output, at SR
    Remote Control USB MIDI MCU Control
    SD-Remote Android App
    USB Keyboard
    External Timecode Record Trigger
    LCD 320x240
    Power External: Dual 10 to 18 VDC Inputs on Locking TA4 Connectors, Pin-4 = (+), Pin-1 = (-)
    Dual Rearmount Sony-Style L-Mount Batteries with Chargers
    Current Draw 875 mA at 12 V (10.5 W), Idle
    Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
    Relative Humidity (non-condensing) 90%
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 2 x 12.6 x 8.1" / 5.1 x 32 x 20.5 cm
    Weight 5.8 lb / 2.6 kg

    Sound Devices Scorpio Reviews

    Is there a controller*Cl8 or Cl9*for Scorpio? ...

    Is there a controller*Cl8 or Cl9*for Scorpio? Like 788T
    Asked by: Adham
    Scorpio supports the ubiquitous MCU (Mackie Control Universal) protocol which many USB-connected control surfaces use. At launch, the iCON Platform M+ (along with D2 Display) is supported.
    Answered by: Sound Devices Specialist
    Date published: 2019-04-11
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