The introduction of the 552 mixer brings a powerful new feature to field mixers, a high-quality integrated audio recorder. It is unquestionably convenient to have a built-in recorder with a field mixer. With the addition of its recorder, one question that comes up is whether the 552 can be substituted in place of a 7-Series recorder. The short answer is...yes...and no.
The following tech note describes how to copy individual files from one storage media to another from within the 7-Series Recorders. There are two slightly different methods, one for the 788T/788T-SSD models, and one for 702, 702T, 722, 744T recorders. (more…)
Reliable, rock-solid recording is the single most important design criteria of Sound Devices recorders. 7-Series recorders are built upon a highly-stable, dedicated hardware and firmware foundation. Recording integrity is further enhanced through a process of periodic, automatic file directory and header updates written to disk during recording. This ensures file integrity in the unlikely event of a total loss of power.
7-Series recorders have the ability to save a user-defined Setup File. This Setup File includes all settings selected in the menu and can be saved to the recorder's internal hard drive or to a CompactFlash card.
There are two ways to record MS (mid-side) stereo signals with the 7-Series recorders, record either discrete M and S signals and decode later, or decode MS in the recorder to Left-Right stereo.
7-Series recorders automatically switch from external DC power to the attached Li-ion battery when the external voltage falls below a 9 volt threshold (or the setup-menu set voltage on the 788T). This seamless switchover provides protection against sudden or unexpected loss of external power. (more…)