Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder

Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder

Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • 5 Analog Inputs
  • Analog and Digital Outputs
  • Built-in Stereo Recorder
  • Records to SD/SDHC Cards
  • Uses AA Batteries or External DC Power
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Sound Devices 552 overview

  • 1Description

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
Flexible Metering
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
Powering Options
The mixer can be powered with a set of 4 AA batteries, or by an external 10-18VDC power supply for terrific flexibility
UPC: 859108005260
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Sound Devices 552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sound Devices 552 specs

    Inputs 5 x Balanced XLR Inputs
    1 x DC Power Input
    Recording Media Accepts SD / SDHC / SDXC cards, high-speed class 10 cards are recommended - please see manufacturer's site for list of approved cards
    Outputs 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
    Impedance Input:
    XLR Mic: 2 kOhms
    XLR Line: 16 kOhms
    Return A/B: 20 kOhms
    XLR Line: 85 Ohms
    XLR -10 Setting: 3.2 kOhms
    XLR Mic: 150 Ohms
    10-Pin Hirose Line: 85 Ohms
    10-Pin Hirose -10 Setting: 3.2 kOhms
    10-Pin Hirose Mic: 150 Ohms
    TA3 Mic/Line: 1 kOhms
    TA3 Direct Outs: 1 kOhms
    Tape Outs: 1.8 kOhms
    Mono Mic Out: 150 Ohms
    Headphones: 50 Ohms
    Gain 93dB (Mic In to Line Out)
    53dB (Mic In to Mic Out)
    79dB (Mic In to Tape Out)
    107dB (Mic In to Headphone Out)
    THD & Noise 0.09% Max (50Hz - 20kHz, +18dBu at Line Out, Fader Fully Up)
    Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz (+0.2, -0.5dB)
    Metering LED Meters
    Control Voltage Out Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Phantom Power 12V and 48V Phantom (Each Mic Selectable)
    Operating Temperature -20°C to 60°C, 0 to 90% Relative Humidity
    Power Internal ±16V (Bi-Polar) Regulated Audio Rails
    3.2-8V Range Internal Batteries
    Isolated (Floating) External DC Input Jack, 5-18V
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.1 x 11 x 6.6" (53 x 279 x 168mm)
    Weight 4.4 lbs (2kg) (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.1 x 11.0 x 5.1"

    Sound Devices 552 reviews

    552 Portable 5-Channel Production Mixer and Stereo Recorder is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good recorder but with flaws Robust, great features, good battery economy. Yes sven is a little hard to understand but that's not a deal breaker. However what is a deal breaker is that you can only record internally to a stereo track. This to me is a huge flaw. I had to record a scene in which 4 people had radio mics and a boom. Panned the boom to the left and radios to the right. Radio mic channel had too higher noise floor because all people were live on one channel. At least have a gate option or something to eliminated unwanted noise. To be fair you can actually run direct outs to a different recorder but that kinda just turns it in to a really expensive pre mixer.
    Date published: 2011-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing mixer, recorder I used this product for Film, TV and Corporate videos and it smoked my sound devices 302 mixer. The 302 is a great mixer but the 552 is a monster. It has 5 inputs, direct outputs for all 5 channels, time code options, built in recorder, tons of headroom, quite mic pre's, return to listen to the camera audio, tape out to send to my other field recorder, you can link another mixer for more channels, link it to the 744T. The built in record is great, really clean sound. The thing I like least about the mixer is the automated voice SVEN. He's a little hard to understand at first but you get used to him.
    Date published: 2010-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this mixer! I can't say enough good things about the 552. As a long time user of the 442, I'm familiar with Sound Devices reputation and well thought-out and designed products. The 552 is no exception. Build quality is amazing, and I'm constantly finding new features hidden in its treasure trove of a menu system. Just integrating the 2 track digital recorder would've been enough to justify upgrading my system - having new features like adding an additional channel, split monitoring, talkback & foldback monitoring, and a timecode input just insure that I won't outgrow this mixer for a long time. My only complaint is the lack of 12T mic powering, but a 48v-12T adapter took care of that handily.
    Date published: 2011-12-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Attempt With five inputs and a built in recorder, this compact field mixer has a bunch of bells and whistles! Problem is they tried stuffing five inputs into a chassis that used to house only four. The biggest problem I have is with the #1 input controls. They are so close to the edge of the frame that it's hard to reach the gain knobs, activate it and turn it. To access all the menu items takes some practice and understanding SVEN, the synthesized voice of the 552 is difficult at best. If you can get pass these and other small issues like the cost, you may enjoy the sound it produces.
    Date published: 2010-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! I am an ignorant amateur that is slowly, carefully moving to becoming a more experienced amateur. I read many blogs of professional soundmen that were using the Sound Devices 442 Mixer, and that were happy with it. It came time for me to upgrade my equipment to include a portable mixer, and I chose the Sound Devices 552. I do not have any regrets in my purchase of this product. I agree with the earlier more-experienced reviewers here. I won't repeat their points.
    Date published: 2010-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but could be better Extremely robust, high-quality pre-amps, built in recorder is invaluable. Overall this is a great product, as one would expect from Sound Devices. However, as was mentioned before, the gain knob on channel 1 can be a bit difficult to manage if you have fat fingers. Also, a quick read of the manual is a must. The first time I ever used a 442 I was able to figure out every function I needed in just a few minutes of fiddling with it while the rest of the crew was setting up the scene, but the 552 is a little less intuitive in some of its features, thanks to the new menu system. My biggest complaint, though, is SVEN. Good lord is he obnoxious, and hard to understand. Especially when you're trying to navigate the menu while an AD is yelling in your ear or some other distracting noises are preventing you from focusing your full concentration on deciphering his ridiculous accent. There are PLENTY of speech synthesizers in the world which are clear, intelligible, and capable of pronouncing English words without sounding like a Swede who's playing rotund Bunny (profanity filter won't let me use the right word here... it's the game where you stick marshmallows in your mouth til you can't say the phrase any longer). For that matter, how hard would it have been to hire a VO artist to record all of SVEN's lines and just stick them in some on-board memory for playback? SD is, after all, a company devoted specifically to creating products intended to record the sounds of human beings speaking.
    Date published: 2010-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not as hard to use as I thought This mixer is the Swiss Army Knife of mixers. It should be the last field mixer that you will ever need unless they start making one with a USB or firewire out. That would be the only improvement for the user other than getting another SVEN voice. It is hard to understand in a noisy environment but you get use to it,cause you have to. I use this product in high end productions and the multitude of outs and ins makes this the best field mixer I have ever used.
    Date published: 2010-11-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from watch out I have had nothing but problems with this mixer. It proves to be utterly unreliable and if you need sound devices to fix the mixer it takes them forever to bumble around and get it back to you. Dont try recording with the mixer because it is utterly unreliable. Takes are missing the timecode stamp is very unreliable and the mixer tends to fail. I have spoken to many mixers with the same results. Hold out and buy something else. I have many sound devices products and they have been reliable. The 552 is no good. I have had a few 552's for a while and they are bad. Buy something else. I own a 744 works fine, 788 sd that has issues, 3x 442, 2x 302. I would say sound devices best products are behind them. I have work in this business consistently since 1992. The 552 will compromised your proffessionalism
    Date published: 2012-01-29
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