Approved Media – 8-Series

Sound Devices extensively tests removable recording media with the 8-Series portable mixer-recorders.

SD Cards

Sound Devices recommends its own brand of SD card – the SAM-64SD and SAM-128SD, listed below – which have been optimized and extensively tested to ensure fast and flawless performance with the 8-Series. However, many SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards from other reputable manufacturers, like Delkin or SanDisk, that meet or exceed class 10 speeds are acceptable.

For best media performance, Sound Devices recommends occasionally performing a full reformat of an SD card per the “Overwrite Format” method from the SD Association. The Overwrite Format deletes file/directory entries by initializing file system parameters of the card (same as with Quick Format), and erases all data by overwriting the user data area completely. The Overwrite Format takes more time to complete than the Quick Format method. More information can be found on the SD Association’s website. Please note that all files stored on the card will be lost during the formatting process. After using the SD Memory Card Formatter, the card will still need to be formatted in the mixer-recorder.

MicroSD to SD Card adapters are not recommended for use in any 8-Series mixer-recorder.

Tested cards:

Type Size Brand Model
SD Card 32 GB Sound Devices The SAM-32SD has been discontinued. Recommended alternative: SAM-64SD, listed below.
SD Card 64 GB Sound Devices SD/SDXC, UHS-II, 240 MB/s (read) and 100 MB/s (write)
SD Card 128 GB Sound Devices SD/SDXC, UHS-II, 240 MB/s (read) and 100 MB/s (write)
SD Card 32 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SD/SDHC, UHS-I, 95MB/s read/write
SD Card 32 GB Amplim Amplim SDXC UHSII V90 32GB
SD Card 64 GB SanDisk Extreme; SDXC/UHS-1,V30, U3, 150MB/s (Model # SDSDXV6-064G-GNCIN)
SD Card 64 GB Integral Ultima Pro Integral Ultima Pro SDXC I V30 64GB
SD Card 64 GB Amplim Amplim SDXC UHSII V90 64GB
SD Card 128 GB Freetail Freetail Evoke Pro 128GB V60, UHS II
SD Card 128 GB Wise Wise SDXC II 285MB/s 128GB

Unapproved Media

The media listed below currently fail our intensive media approval tests. We highly recommend NOT using this media.

Type Size Brand Model
SD Card 64 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO 170MB/s, 64 GB
SD Card 128 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO 170MB/s, 128 GB