Sound Devices’ 788T Recorder Wins TV Technology’s “STAR” Award

Reedsburg, WI — Sound Devices’ 788T eight-track digital field recorder, the latest edition to the company’s popular 7-series, stood out among this year’s new NAB technologies and was recognized by the editors of TV Technology as a recipient of its STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award.

To be considered for a STAR Award, a product must revolutionize the means in which audio and video are collected and dispersed in the professional video industry. Winners are selected by a panel of TV Technology’s editors. Sound Devices 788T is the first digital recorder to offer eight full-featured microphone inputs and eight tracks of recording in a chassis weighing less than four pounds and roughly the size of a hard-cover novel. Along with high quality recordings, the 788T allows for full mobility in run and gun situations as well a comfort during extended use.

“With productions such as reality programs requiring additional audio tracks, we developed the 788T to provide users with what they were asking for – increased audio tracks without a size, weight and cost penalty,” says Jon Tatooles, Managing Director for Sound Devices. “Listening and adapting our products to meet our users needs is important to us. Being recognized by a leading publication, such as TV Technology shows that the 788T is already meeting the expectations of the industry as well as our users.”

In addition to eight inputs, the 788T also comes equipped with a 160 GB 2.5-in. internal SATA hard disk drive which provides up to 30 hours of 8-track, uncompressed 24-bit audio recording of industry-standard Broadcast Wave files. Additionally, CompactFlash cards with UDMA support and external FireWire mass storage volumes can be used for recording and playback. For use in any environment, the 788T’s LCD display is viewable in all lighting conditions, including direct sunlight. Additionally, its LED’s are dimmer-adjustable for a variety of lighting conditions, including a lights-out setting for blacked-out sets. The recorder has a high-performance, full-featured time code generator. It is also equipped with selectable word clock sync source, including numerous video sync sources. The 788T is powered by 7.2 V Li-ion batteries or external DC (10-18 V) and offers an on-board Li-ion battery charger.

TV Technology ( is the industry’s leading magazine for technology news and reviews and is celebrating its 25th year covering the television industry. The magazine is published by NewBay Media LLC, the world’s largest publisher of audio and video publications.