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.