Anniversary

788T: the beast arrives! – 2008

The 788T was a phoenix rising out of the ashes of our ill-fated rack-recorder. Well, this and the IBC 2007 show. At this tradeshow, I saw that there were several very compelling competitive recorders being introduced — and I was getting badgered by many dealers and users about doing a 6-channel audio recorder (which seems […]

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Behind the Scenes: the story of the Rack Recorder that never was… – 2007

“If you feel like you know all of our products, but not this one, it is because the product that never saw the light of day. It was a rack-mount hard-disk / DVD-RAM recorder / telecine playback machine to try and supplant the Foster DV824. This aborted product was the first one on which Paul […]

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702, 702T, 722, 744T: The dawn of the SD recorder era – 2004

“The 744T (and variants) was really where Sound Devices hit its stride sales- and product-wise. The origins of these recorders came from a European trip that Jim Koomar (Sales) and I took, selling the 442. Unexpectedly, everywhere we visited, dealers and customers begged us to make a hard-disk recorder. By the time we got back, […]

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302: Small but mighty – 2003

“The 302 was a product that Libby Koomar (Mechanical Engineer) and I squeezed out during the tumultuous development of the 7-Series recorders. We were getting asked regularly for a mixer that fit in between the MixPre (too small) and the 442 (too big). Circuitry-wise, the 302 was fairly straightforward, mostly being a cut-and-paste exercise from […]

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442N: The 442’s Nordic Cousin – 2002

“Back when audio products had mechanical meters, different countries/regions had different types of meters – meter colors, scales, and ballistics were different. An American VU meter with its ‘buff’ colored background would never be confused with a black British PPM meter numbered from 1 to 7. We started with LED meters and avoided mechanical meters […]

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MM1:Going strong since 2002

“The MM-1 was something we were asked for quite a bit: ‘I need the MP-1, but with a headphone amp.’ This was a fairly short putt product-wise, so we did it: preamp from the MP-1 and headphone amp from the HX-3. This evergreen product is still used for many things, most often along with parabolic […]

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