Sound Devices just released firmware v3.00 for their latest Scorpio and 833 recorder/mixers. Firmware version 3.00 includes the revered Sound Devices’ MixAssist algorithm, integration with the popular Sound Devices CL-12 linear fader controller, AAC recording for immediate handoff to transcription and more.
Sound Devices’ MixAssist algorithm intelligently attenuates unused microphones to reduce unwanted artifacts in multi-microphone applications. MixAssist has been available for both 7-Series recorders and 6-Series mixer/recorders, and now has joined Dugan Automixing as an available algorithm on the Scorpio and 833.
The Sound Devices CL-12 Linear Fader Controller is quite a popular optional accessory that significantly expands the mixing capability of the 6-Series mixer/recorder line. It is now sadly discontinued, but there’s lots of sound recordists and other audio professionals out there who own it, so naturally, with expanded support for the newest Scorpio and 833 recorder/mixers, the CL-12 gets another lease on life.
The CL-12 is currently also compatible with the Sound Devices 688, 664, and 633 recorder/mixers and features 12 100-mm linear faders ideal for live mixing of multiple audio signals.
With the CL-12, the Sound Devices 688 gains sunlight-viewable LED metering, as well as numerous dedicated buttons for quick access to key functionality, such as fast-track arming, naming routing, and transport controls.
It features a 3-band parametric equalizer for each of the 12 inputs, and the ability to monitor audio directly from the CL-12’s headphone port. Additional shortcut controls include those for metadata entry, COMs, and SuperSlot wireless receiver monitoring.
The CL-12 also includes ports for a USB keyboard connection for efficient metadata entry, remote control via 3rd party applications such as Ambient Beetle Bluetooth dongle, Timecode Systems’ :wave metadata hub, and for powering an optional USB lamp.
The Sound Devices CL-12 linear fader controller is now supported with the Scorpio and the Sound Devices 833. The CL-12 is purpose-built for location sound recording needs and furthers the flexibility of the Scorpio and 833 ecosystems. With the addition of the CL-12, sound personnel have familiar control of the Scorpio and the 833 at their fingertips.
Firmware update v3.00 also features recording of timecode-stamped compressed AAC files for easy handoff to transcription services. AAC files can be tracked separately to redundant media while maintaining a primary and backup record option.
Additionally, Smart Battery telemetry has been added to the Scorpio and the 833. Both mixer-recorders will now display relevant Smart Battery information, such as battery time remaining, percentage remaining, cycle count, and temperature.
If you are a Sound Devices Scorpio and Sound Devices 833 user you can download the latest firmware v3.00 by heading over to Sound Devices.
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