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11.13.2009
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Sound Devices introducs new production mixer

Sound Devices has introduced the 552 production mixer, the company’s new integrated mixer and digital audio recorder.

Designed for professional sound engineers, the Sound Devices 552 contains five precision, high-dynamic range, transformer-balanced microphone inputs with expanded gain and headroom. The studio-grade inputs have their own limiter, sweepable high-pass filter and pre- or post-fade direct output.

At the heart of each microphone input is a high-performance Lundahl input transformer, which provides freedom from interference in even the most severe RF and EMI environments that are encountered in the field.

The mixer has an integrated two-track, 24-bit digital audio recorder that writes Broadcast WAV files to SD and SDHC media. The recorder is ideal for applications where a high-quality, 24-bit local recording is required. Either the outputs or combinations of inputs and outputs can be assigned as record sources.

The 552 also allows for stereo linking of input pairs 1/2 and 3/4. With 44.1kHz to 96kHz sampling rates, its four-track AES3 digital output runs at the same sample rate as the built-in recorder.

With front-panel control of mic/line inputs and phantom status with LED indication at each input, the mixer is also designed with sunlight-viewable, 21-segment Peak/VU meters with zoom mode. The unit is powered by four AA batteries or an external 10-18 VDC.



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