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Sound Devices 788T-SSD - Used  From Sound Devices

Eight input, 12-track portable audio recorder with timecode.


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Manufacturer's Description from Sound Devices

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: http://www.sounddevices.com/download/788t-firmware.htm

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
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About Manufacturer

Sound Devices, LLC was founded in 1998 to fulfill a single promise—build field-production audio products that improve our customer's work life. Today, Sound Devices' growing family of audio mixers, digital recorders, preamplifiers, and computer interfaces are trusted by production professionals worldwide.

Sound Devices products are used in a wide range of applications including:

    * Single-camera ENG-style production
    * Documentary film and video production
    * Reality television production
    * Feature film production
    * Sports broadcasting
    * Multi-camera news magazine interviews
    * Sound effects gathering (SFX)
    * Acoustical test and measurement
    * Live music recording

Sound Devices products deliver superb, consistent audio performance in extreme locations ranging from the high-altitude mountains of the Himalayas, the Costa Rican rainforests, and the soundstages of Hollywood. When portability, durability, and no-compromise audio fidelity matter, Sound Devices is the choice.

All of Sound Devices products are designed and built to withstand punishing extremes—beyond your ability to abuse them. You may not be called to Lambeau Field (Green Bay) in late December, or to the Syrian Desert, but Sound Devices products have been, and have proven their performance. Built with parts from suppliers worldwide, Sound Devices products are assembled in Reedsburg, WI, in a defined, repeatable process. Sound Device's skilled assemblers believe in the products and the company.

The entire staff of Sound Devices is committed to designing and building products to use every day, with unquestionable performance, quality, and value. Sound Devices hope you feel as strongly about your Sound Devices products as we do.


Portable Recorder

  • Number of Tracks: 8
  • Maximum Sampling Rate: 96 kHz / 24-Bit
  • Built-In Speaker: No
  • Memory Card Support: CompactFlash, 
  • Internal Storage: 256 GB


  • 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 Support: 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 DE-15/DB-15 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
  • System Connection: 1 x FireWire 9-Pin (FireWire 800), 1 x FireWire 6-Pin (FireWire 400), 1 x USB-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


  • Mic Inputs: 0.004%
  • Line Inputs: 0.004%


  • Battery Type: Removable Rechargeable


  • 10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8" / 256.5 x 163 x 44 mm


  • 3.8 lb / 1.7 kg (without Batteries)