Sound Devices has announced the third mixer-recorder in their new 8-Series: the Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder.
Sound Devices are a legendary brand in the pro audio field mixer-recorder game, and their new “big boy” 888 mixer is the smallest portable mixer-recorder available that offers Dante for sending and receiving audio over Ethernet. The company has been killing it recently with their previous two big announcements – the Scorpio and the Sound Devices 833 mixer.
The new Sound Devices 888 features 8 ultra low-noise 8-Series microphone preamplifiers, 16 channels, 20 tracks, multiple powering methods, and support for multiple USB control surfaces, which allows the 888 to be easily tailored to any sound professional’s workflow.
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The 888 is very similar in size to the popular 788T recorder. Due to its compact size, light-weight, Dante capabilities, and high channel count, the 888 is well-suited for either bag or mobile cart use.
The 888 rounds out the 8-Series line of mixer-recorders, fitting in between the Scorpio and the 833 in terms of size, inputs, and outputs. Scorpio offers the most inputs and outputs of the 8-Series, with an astonishing 16 microphone preamplifiers, 32 channels of Dante in and out, and a total of 32 channels and 36 tracks.
The 833, which was announced back in the Summer, is the 888 smaller “brother” in the 8-Series mixer-recorder family, which makes it perfect for bag use and mobile productions. Unlike the 888, the 833 features 6 microphone preamplifiers, 8 channels, and 12 tracks.
Sound Devices 888 Features
- Perfect for Location Sound Recording
- Wide range of filmmaking applications
- Per-Channel EQ, HPF, Limiting
- 8 ultra low-noise, 8-Series microphone preamplifiers
- 16 channels, 10 buses, 20 tracks
- 16 channels of Dante I/O
- 256 GB internal SSD, 2 SD card slots
- USB control surface support via MCU
- Dugan Auto-mixing or MixAssist for up to 16 channels
- Supports External Remote Control
- DC & Dual L-Series Battery Powering
- Internal 256GB SSD & Dual SD Card Slots
- I/O for Timecode or Word Clock
- Pre-order: Sound Devices 888 – $6,995 at B&H
All 8-Series mixer-recorders feature dedicated trim and fader controls, dedicated returns and coms, and internal timecode generator, AES in/out, 2 SD card slots, an internal 256 GB SSD, dual L-Mount battery powering and charging, and an updated processing architecture with multiple FPGAs.
This architecture is unique to the 8-Series and enables the mixer-recorder to be fully routable: any physical input may be sent to any track, bus, or output. Dugan Automixing and Sound Devices’ own MixAssist are integrated with the 8-Series mixer-recorders.
Both algorithms automatically attenuate unused microphones in multi-microphone applications and provide an additional tool to sound professionals.
The Sound Devices 888 portable Production Mixer-Recorder is now shipping and is priced at $6,995 USD. For full specs and to learn more head over to Sound Devices.