Sound Devices has just announced firmware update v3.10 for their 8-Series Portable Mixer-Recorders, including the top of the lineup Scorpio, the Sound Devices 888, and the Sound Devices 833 that many sound recordists and sound mixers will find helpful.
Firmware update 3.10 (or simply v3.10) includes support for the new Sound Devices XL-AES8 Channel AES3 Input Expander, USB audio input and output, graphical EQ screens, improvements to Sound Reports, reduction in power consumption, and more.
The Sound Devices XL-AES is an optional accessory for the Scorpio, 888, and 833 that provides 8 channels of AES3 audio connectivity through four heavy-duty TA3F input jacks. The accessory mounts directly to the expansion port on the mixer-recorder’s top panel and features a rugged milled aluminium enclosure for years of reliable use.
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Any of the 8 audio channels may be routed to any channel on the mixer-recorder through the standard channel routing matrix. The Sound Devices XL-AES is priced at $195 and is shipping to authorised dealers such as B&H as of the 17th December.
Additionally, in firmware update v3.10, all 8-Series mixer-recorders can now act as USB interfaces with two channels of audio in and out. A new graphical EQ screen provides sound professionals with a visual representation of their EQ settings.