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

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

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

B&H # SO788TSSD MFR # 788T-SSD
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Product Highlights

  • 8 Recording Tracks
  • Internal 256GB Solid-State Drive
  • CompactFlash Slot
  • Time Code Generator
  • FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0
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Sound Devices 788T-SSD Overview

  • 1Description

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: 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.
Firmware revision 2.01 for the 788T-SSD is now available for download andinstallation. It is recommended that all 788T-SSD users and owners update now. Detailed instructions and changes are on the download page at:

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
UPC: 859108005345
In the Box
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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sound Devices 788T-SSD Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks 8
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Built-In Speaker No
    Memory Card Support CompactFlash, Microdrive

    Please see manufacturer's site for a list of approved cards.

    Internal Storage 256 GB

    FAT32 Formatted

    Audio File Formats BWF, MP3, WAV
    Sample Rates 32 / 44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 96.096 kHz 
    Bit Depth 16/24-Bit
    Timecode Yes
    Analog I/O 4 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Line/Mic Input
    4 x TA3 Male Balanced Line/Mic Input
    4 x TA3 Male Balanced Output
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Output
    Digital I/O 2 x DB15 AES3 In/Out
    2 x TA3 AES3 Output
    1 x LEMO 5-Pin Timecode Output
    1 x BNC Video/Word Clock Input
    1 x BNC Word Clock Output
    Host Connection 1 x FireWire 9-Pin (FireWire 800)
    1 x FireWire 6-Pin (FireWire 400)
    1 x USB Type-B
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 20 kHz +0.1/-0.5 dB 
    Dynamic Range A/D Converters:
    114 dBA 
    110 dB 
    D/A Converters:
    112 dBA 
    108 dB 
    THD Mic Inputs:
    Line Inputs:
    Battery Type Removable Rechargeable
    Dimensions 10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8" / 256.5 x 163.0 x 44.0 mm
    Weight 3.8 lb / 1.7 kg (without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 10.9 x 5.2"

    Sound Devices 788T-SSD Reviews

    788T-SSD 8-Channel Portable Solid-State Audio Recorder is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Portable Field Recorder Ever Made 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.
    Date published: 2009-08-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top contender 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
    Date published: 2010-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the investment 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.
    Date published: 2010-12-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from the best 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.
    Date published: 2013-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 8 channel recorder ever made 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only The Best 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!!
    Date published: 2014-05-26
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