Sound Devices, the American company that is known for its high-end portable audio and video recorders, has just announced a new audio recorder: the Sound Devices Scorpio. The Scorpio is their new flagship sound field mixer and recorder that can record up to 32 channel/36 track. Let’s take a look at this beautiful-looking and impressive piece of audio technology.
State-of-the-Art Production Sound
Back in 2017, the introduction of the MixPre series of portable and “affordable” audio recorders was a big success for Sound Devices. This line of products is perfect for independent filmmakers and small/medium production companies. I bought a MixPre-6 myself, even as I’m not an audio professional – the build and sound quality is top-notch.
Today, with the launch of the Scorpio, Sound Devices is back in its core market: the high-end audio products. Before diving into the specifications of the product, let’s start by saying that it’s not for everyone. The Scorpio’s target is audio professionals and film mixers – or someone with deep pockets.
There is nearly no production scenario I can think of that the Scorpio can’t handle with 16 mic/line preamplifiers, 32 channels of Dante in and out, AES in and out, 12 analog outputs and multiple headphone outputs.
Sound Devices Scorpio Features
If you ever had the chance to work with a Sound Devices product, you know that the user interface is straightforward, with great attention to detail, made by professionals for professionals. Scorpio’s interface is no different. With one or two button presses, you can reach many functions and features of the device, with one hand only. Also, the Scorpio is a real audio channel mixer. The internal matrix menus allow you to create customizable routing of any input to any channel, bus, or output, and up to 12 buses may be individually mixed.
Part of Sound Devices’ reputation exists around the pristine quality of the audio preamps. For this high-end audio recorder, the microphone preamp circuits have been redesigned for an even smoother sound. The company claims that the Scorpio features the lowest signal/noise ratio of any preamp in Sound Devices’ 20-year history. Furthermore, the preamps include analog limiters (so no digital clipping), high-pass filters, delay, 3-band EQ and, of course, phantom power.
For recording, the Scorpio has an internal 256GB SSD. For redundancy purposes, you can also record to two SD cards, simultaneously. A remote Android application, SD-Remote, allows for control, timecode display, metadata editing, and display of the transport controls of the Scorpio onto a bigger screen. Finally, you can plug a keyboard via USB into the Scorpio to edit metadata.
In terms of powering options, several options are available. The Sound Devices Scorpio can run off two L-Mount batteries. For more “professional” scenarios, you can feed it through the built-in TA4 DC inputs, using smart batteries, NP-1 batteries, or in-line power supplies. Finally, a plethora of accessories is available, including a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an NP-type battery cup, a smart battery cup, TA5F to XLRF cables, an SL-Riser, and a dual-bay smart charger/calibrator.
For more information about the Sound Devices Scorpio, you can look directly at the company’s website.
Pricing and Availability
The Sound Devices Scorpio is available for pre-order for U$8,955. It will start shipping within the second Quarter of 2019.
What do you think of the Sound Devices Scorpio? How many recording tracks do you usually need? Let us know in the comments down below!