The Sound Devices 888 is the third product within the 8-Series, filling the gap between the 833 model and their most advanced 36-track Scorpio mixer-recorder. The 888 sports 20 tracks, 16-channels and eight very low noise 8-Series mic preamplifiers. It ships with several powering options and offers control surface operation by USB connection (via MCU). Let’s take a look!
Sound Devices 888 – Feature Overview
One of the features widely used in the industry – the Dugan algorithm for auto-mixing – is also what Sound Devices uses within their product. The idea behind this auto-mixing algorithm is that many microphones cannot be monitored and attenuated at the same time by a single person. Thus, unused channels – when not appropriately adjusted – will bring hiss, reverberation, rumble and other disturbances as noise into the mix. With Dugan’s auto-mixing algorithm or Sound Devices’ own “MixAssist” involved, the 888 can handle auto-mixing for up to 16-channels of audio inputs.
Similar in size to the well-established 788T, the 888 has the following compact dimensions: 5.1 cm x 24.5 cm x 18.5 cm. At 1,83 kg (without batteries attached), this mixer is about 580g heavier than its smaller brother, the 833 (weight: 1,25 kg, without batteries). The 888 is usable in-bag/over the shoulder or within a professional sound cart.
Features well-known from other Sound Devices products, such as Dante support for Ethernet-enabled sound-transmission capabilities, which came with the Scorpio (32 channels Dante I/O) are now coming to the 888, too. The 888 consequently has a notable 16 channels of Dante I/O. With this support, it is amongst the smallest devices featuring this characteristic.
To store all of the recorded data, the 888 comes with 256GB internal storage, just like the 833 and Scorpio, and provides 2 SD card slots. Since this is meant for audio recording – depending on the number of tracks recorded simultaneously, the bit-depth and sample rates chosen – 256 GB possibly store weeks of production recordings onto the device. Since the mixer-recorder can record to those three media simultaneously, SD cards can be turned over to production and for transcription services, while keeping a full backup stored within the device at the same time.
Features from the 8-Series
Just like the other 8-Series mixer-recorders, the 888 has an in-built TC generator, AES support (in/out), separate faders and trim controls, dedicated coms, and returns and 2x L-Mount (NP-F series) battery slots with internal charging and device powering capabilities. Of course, other powering options like its TA4 DC input or a smart battery are also available. Additionally, there is another battery included with the TC generator, which will hold the accurate TC for up to 4 hours when power is off, and no other power-source is active.
Not available with the MixPre Series by Sound Devices, for example, the 8-Series also has a distinctive and updated architecture and routing functionality. This design allows for every physical input to be fully-routable and sent to any bus, output or track.
The Sound Devices 888 is currently available for pre-order.
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