The actual box labeled Sound Devices

A cardboard box filled with miscellaneous audio parts and labeled "Sound Devices" marked the humble beginnings of a rural Wisconsin-based company. Nowadays, Sound Devices is recognized and respected worldwide for its innovative technology, unparalleled design and build quality, and superior customer service for its portable audio and video product lines.

In the summer of 1998, the founders of Sound Devices set out with one goal in mind design and build robust, intuitive field production audio products that improve the workflow for audio professionals everywhere. Within a year, the company made strong inroads into the broadcast market with its first high-performance product, the MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp.

With the new millennium came other innovations, including one of the earliest USB computer audio interfaces, the USBPre (now the USBPre 2), and then a full line of field mixers, like the 442 and 302. In 2004, Sound Devices entered the non-linear field recording markets with its pioneering line of 7-Series digital audio recorders and mixing accessories.

animated image of multiple Sound Devices audio products

Over the years, industry professionals have put Sound Devices audio products through rigorous real-life workflows from the frigid, high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains to the hot, arid landscape of Death Valley, and from a Hollywood sound stage to the Costa Rican rainforest. The company’s line of field mixers, recorders, and other portable tools weathered the extremes, and with each new release, Sound Devices became synonymous with rugged durability and superb audio performance, even under the most punishing field conditions in the harshest environments.

Chris Watson recording sounds in the Arctic
Location sound recordist Chris Watson recording sounds of the Antarctic for the nature documentary series Frozen Planet.

Sound Devices has been recognized by their audio industry peers with awards for several of its products, such as the 633 compact production mixer, the 664 field production mixer, the 788T-SSD portable audio recording system, the 970 half-rack audio recorder, and the SL-6, a powering and wireless accessory for the 688. All five have earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award.

In 2011, the company expanded to meet the growing need for high-quality production tools in the video industry by releasing its first portable video recorders with the PIX 220 and PIX 240 (now the PIX 240i), and by launching its Video Devices product brand. PIX rack-mount recorders came next, like the PIX 270i, for which the company has garnered numerous industry and technology awards, including InfoComm’s 2014 Best of Show. The brand's latest innovation was its line of PIX-E Series 4K-compatible recording field monitors. The PIX-E Series also received several industry awards inlcuding IBC's 2015 Best of Show, Videomaker's “Best of NAB 2015”, and the StudioDaily Prime Award for Production

Renown as the industry standard for production sound professionals, Sound Devices entered the Prosumer Audio Markets in 2017 with a widely popular, new line of products called the MixPre Series, which initially offered two models: the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6. Aimed at sound enthusiasts, podcasters, videographers, and musicians, both compact, highly portable audio recorders boasted mixing capabilities, touch-screens, built-in Bluetooth Smart®, and USB audio interfaces. Later that same year, the company expanded the line with the MixPre-10T, a 12-channel audio recorder/mixer/USB audio interface with built-in timecode generator/reader.

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

  • Documentary film and video production
  • Reality television production
  • Multi-camera Sports and News broadcasting
  • Sound effects gathering (SFX) for movies, video gaming, etc.
  • Multi-camera news magazine interviews
  • Acoustical test and measurement
  • Live music recording (MI)
  • Youtubers & Podcasting
  • Videography

In 2018, Sound Devices announced the acquisition of Audio Limited, the UK manufacturer and developer of high-performance wireless microphone systems. Before becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sound Devices, Audio Limited began making radio microphone systems for film and TV markets in 1963. Audio Limited systems have been used on numerous Oscar-winning features like Gladiator, Titanic, and Emmy-award winning series like Game of Thrones.

For two decades, the Sound Devices team has remained true to the spirit of creative innovations and its original goal of providing top-notch, superb quality products that help AV professionals capture the clearest, most enjoyable media in the world.

The Sound Devices team in action!

Our design team is driven to provide the most robust, intuitive products that improve our customers’ workflow, and our skilled assembling, technical support, and servicing teams take pride in the products, the company, and the customers we serve. Built with parts from suppliers around the world, Sound Devices products are engineered, assembled, and supported at the Sound Devices facility in Reedsburg, WI, USA.

We hope you feel as strongly about your Sound Devices and Video Devices products as we do.

– The Sound Devices Team