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8-Series Compatible Controllers

The following controllers are compatible with the 833, 888, and Scorpio portable mixer-recorders.

  • CL-16
  • CL-12
  • Sonosax SX-LC8+
  • Icon Platform M+
  • Icon Platform X
  • Behringer X-Touch
  • Waves Midiplus Fit

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8-Series Firmware 9.00

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Release: Oct 5 

Note: To ensure correct performance, always run the latest version of 8-Series firmware with the latest version of SD-Remote.  

New 

  • Support for new SD-Remote features inc. bus/output metering, control, and routing. 
  • Support for the Waves FIT 16-channel controller  
  • Main Fader functionality is now supported for controllers equipped with them.  
  • Support for Com Send 2 on the 888  
  • Support for Behringer X-Touch Channel Metering  
  • Added LR, Returns meter view for the 833  
  • Added MS Spread Control option in the Channel Setup menu for allowing the 8-series front panel even channel trim pot to control the MS Spread for MS linked channels. 
  • Add support for mapping channels 9-12 to a second controller when using the 833 +4 plugin.  
  • New Spill and Individual modes for multiple controller configurations. 

Change 

  • The following functions have moved into the new Third-Party Controller menu: 
  • Require Shift For Arm 
  • Require Shift for Mute 
  • Solo follows Select 
  • Channel source can now be changed while recording.  
  • “Erase/Format SSD” menu name changed to “Erase/Format Internal SSD” to make it more obvious when formatting the internal drive.  
  • Added extra popup during the internal SSD formatting process to reduce likelihood of accidentally formatting the internal drive.   
  • The Phrase List is now enabled in the SD card Volume Label virtual keyboard screen for quick custom naming of SD cards.  
  • Unlinking MS or Stereo pairs sets odd and even channel pans back to center.  

Fixed 

  • Output mute status is now displayed correctly after a record, stop, or play output auto-mute. 
  • 8-Series no longer goes unresponsive when “Read” is pressed on Icon M+ or the XTouch.   
  • In EQ Mode, VPot 2 now toggles between Off, Pre, Post. 
  • EQ Mode Q value now updates from an ICON controller. 
  • While viewing the FAT Channel, the controller VPots now toggle channel routing from Off, Pre-fade, Post-fade, and Send.   
  • Front panel trims and faders no longer go unresponsive with soft trim /fader pickup enabled.  
  • The controller ‘Learn’ function is no longer unresponsive while in record mode.  
  • The XTouch footswitch can now be mapped to control 8-Series functions.  
  • Inability to access SuperSlot Receiver Setup Screens from Receiver Overview after receiver boots up, no longer occur. 
  • Transmitter parameters (name, model etc.) are now detected correctly by an A10-RX/A20-RX after an RF Scan.   
  • ** + Select and ** + HP Toggle Switch Actions for fader control now work with the CL-12.  
  • Fixed condition where the CL-16 would lock up when 8-series was set to VU meter ballistics with no peak hold.  
  • Fixed issue that prevented the ability to adjust output gain down to -inf with the CL-12  
  • Improvements to prevent a rare issue where settings could inadvertently reset to factory defaults after a power cycle. 

8-Series Firmware v8.92

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8-Series v8.92 fixes an issue from v8.91 that affected analog inputs 5 and 6 in some 833s. If you downloaded v8.91, please install v8.92.

Note: To ensure best performance, always run the latest version of 8-Series firmware with the latest version of SD-Remote.  

New 

  • SuperSlot support for the Sound Devices A20-RX. 
  • New SL-2 Filter options to support the frequency range of the Sound Devices A20-RX.
  • Added Current Take Notes options to * and ** Toggle Switch Actions. In stop mode, the Current Take Notes toggle switch action will edit the take notes for the last take recorded. 
  • SD-Remote now approved to run on an Apple Mac M1, MacOS 12 and higher. Make sure to set Touch Alternatives in the SD-Remote Preferences menu to On. 

Changed

  • Channels selected in the Automixer menu can now be unrouted from Bus LR or routed pre-fade to Bus LR. Automix still only affects channels routed post-fader. 

Fixed 

  • Distortion no longer occurs when both Dugan and limiters are active on a channel with high input levels.
  • Channels with noise suppression that are turned on after powering on the unit are no longer excluded from the LR mix.
  • Rare automixing bug where incorrect metering levels are displayed after power up, no longer occurs.
  • Green MixAssist indicator not always clearing when using CL-16/CL-12, no longer occurs.
  • LR MS Stereo HP preset no longer causes channel PFL to only be output from the left side of headphones.
  • Media that still shows as full after files are deleted no longer occurs.
  • Increased status update intervals while viewing the Audio Ltd A10-RX SuperSlot Receiver screen.
  • Added filter options for all models of Wisycom LFA smart antenna and BFA smart filter
  • SL-2/Wisycom rolling frequency errors after power-cycling a slot no longer occur.
  • SuperSlot Receiver Overview screen showing RSSI instead of Q-meter after powering up no longer occurs.

Education

Prepare your students for a career in production sound with the equipment they will use as future professionals. Sound Devices mixer-recorders are industry-standard, hardy, powerful, and will stand the test of time for many generations of students.

8-Series

The 8-Series is used by professional sound mixers worldwide to capture audio for renowned films and episodic series. Training your students on the 8-Series now will give them the advantage when they enter the industry after graduation. The Scorpio, 888, and 833 excel in any production scenario thanks to their ultra low-noise preamplifiers, Dante in and out (Scorpio/888), two automixing algorithms, optional noise suppression plugins, remote control from phones and tablets via the SD-Remote application and plenty of flexibility for inputs, outputs, media, control surfaces, and powering.

María Mejía Yepes, assistant professor and coordinator of the Audio Program concentration at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, learned production sound on Sound Devices mixer-recorders. Now she’s teaching her students the art and craft of location sound using Scorpios and MixPre-6s.

“I started with a 702 and not only liked the quality of its preamps but how user-friendly it was, then moved to the 744T, 552, and 664. It was a natural decision to me to go for it, even though at the time I was hired, the school had different field recorders.”

Read her story.

MixPre II Series

The MixPre II Series is lightweight, compact, and highly portable. Its 32-bit float bit depth offers an astounding 142 dB of dynamic range in a small chassis that is perfect for long days of bag work. Like the 8-Series, the MixPre II Series features boutique preamplifiers designed by Sound Devices, so your students can get pristine sound during budget productions.

Mark Vogelsang, Program Director of Audio for Visual Media at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART), chose Sound Devices mixer-recorders for their ubiquity and longevity.

“I did a survey of graduates on who is using what in production sound, and all are currently or have used Sound Devices products as a main recorder/mixer plus multiple SD units for backup. We want our graduates to be ready to go out on their own as well as assisting professionals who have been in the industry for some time, they all use SD products, therefore our graduates have to be comfortable with what the industry uses. They can easily adapt to other recorders if they’ve learned on a Sound Devices unit.”

Read his story.

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8-Series Firmware v8.90

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Note: To ensure best performance, always run the latest version of 8-Series firmware with the latest version of SD-Remote.  

New 

  • New Q-meter in the A10-RX SuperSlot screens. 
  • New Modulation menu in the A10-RX SuperSlot screen.  
  • New RF History Levels menu in the A10-RX SuperSlot Rx screen. Allows RF History to be displayed according to RSSI or Quality levels.  RF History is displayed in green when set to RSSI and purple when set to Quality. 
  • Firmware version number is now displayed in the splash screen while the 8-Series is powering on. 
  • Support for Wisycom MCR54 v1.22 changes to Scan Group. After performing an RF Group Scan, the Select Group Frequency menu now presents an option to auto-assign the top four frequencies to the MCR54 receiver channels (four channels with SL-2, two channels with SL-6). 
  • Use Wireless Names feature now supports the Wisycom MCR54 and MCR42 receiver channel names. This allows the receiver’s channel name to be automatically applied to the associated 8-Series track name. 

Changed 

  • False Takes are now allowed after metadata edits. 
  • SuperSlot Receiver screens now display Quality or Link Margin meters in purple. 
  • Increased protection against MacOS, iPadOS and iOS processes that can result in file corruption when 8-Series is connected as a mass storage device. 
  • The File List information screen now displays “Invalid” in the extremely rare event a file cannot be read properly. 

Fixed 

  • Improved file and folder copying. 
  • Improved file and folder error handling. 
  • 29.97 DF time stamps are now handled correctly.   
  • SL-2 and SL-6 no longer intermittently configure SuperSlot receivers for analog output when all inserted receivers are capable of outputting digital audio.  
  • CL-16 now displays bus names in the fat channel after making routing changes.  
  • All user-assigned toggle switch actions now perform as expected on Scorpio.  
  • Various Wisycom MCR54 SuperSlot Rx screen issues have been fixed, including: 
  • All valid groups with assigned frequencies are now properly loaded.  
  • “Scanning Group Frequencies” popup message now consistently auto clears. 
  • RF Group Scan no longer intermittently reverts to previously set frequency.  
  • Improperly wired cables connected to the 8-Series timecode input no longer cause sluggish or unresponsive behavior.    
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