Sound Devices 788t with Cl8

Rental Rate $250.00 per day

The Sound Devices 788T Portable Digital Recorder builds on the success of the Sound Devices 7-series digital recorders. The 788T is a lightweight and compact professional recorder and features 8 digital recording tracks. An internal 160 GB SATA hard drive, CompactFlash media with UDMA support, external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering) all serve as compatible recordable media. Any or all of these options may be used to record audio simultaneously and the 788T serves as a mass storage device when connected to high-speed USB / FireWire ports on Windows and MAC OSX computers.
Eight microphone and line-level inputs are provided as four XLR and four TA3-male connections. The 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six channels of balanced AES3 output for simple integration with compatible AES3 digital cameras and mixers. All of the 7-series feature still apply; including 48V phantom, limiter, polarity reverse, high-pass, selectable delay and headphone monitoring on each input.
Note! Firmware revision 1.01 for the 788T is now available for download and installation. 1.01 fixes several issues relating to connection with FireWire DVD-RAM drives. It is recommended that all 788T users and owners update now. Detailed instructions and changes are on the download page at:
Compact and Durable

• 8-track portable hard disk/Compact Flash audio recorder with 160GB internal hard drive and full time code implementation

• Compact aluminum and stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight, resistant to environmental extremes
Comprehensive Professional Connectivity

• Eight channels of improved microphone and line inputs with phantom power, limiting, and high-pass filters

• Three-channel, balanced mic/line level outputs on TA3 connectors

• Multi-pin AES3 I/O for complete compatibility with supported digital cameras, mixers, etc

• High speed FireWire and USB port for high-speed data transfer to computers for editing and backup
High-Resolution Recording and Synchronization

• 24-bit or 16-bit with or without dither, 32 kHz – 192 kHz sampling rates

• Input-to-track assignment with 256 possible routing combinations

• WAV or BWF format, mono or poly files, uncompressed PCM audio

• MP3 encode and decode, 32 to 320 kb/s stereo file

• Stable, reliable Ambient time code circuitry, tunable to <0.2 PPM accuracy with all relevant TC rates, full Word Clock I/O
Flexible Metering and Powering

• Programmable backlit, sunlight-viewable LED level metering; selectable, menu-driven metering ballistics

• Large backlit, adjustable LCD display; fully dedicated status and activity LED indicators, backlit controls

•Removable Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, compatible with Sony M- and L-mount batteries
Portable 8-Channel Digital Hard Disk Recorder
Recording/Reading Methods
ATA-5 2.5″ EIDE, 4200-7200 RPM Hard Drive*
Compact Flash Type I, II and Microdrive*
File Format:
*FAT32 Formatted
Recording Bit Rate
16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling Frequency
Internal: 32, 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048kHz
External: 32-48.048 kHz(Word Clock Input)
Number of Channels
Frequency Response
10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB (gain controls centered)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dynamic Range
114dB, A-weighted
110dB, 20Hz – 22kHz bandwidth
112dB, A-weighted
108dB, 20Hz – 22kHz bandwidth
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Mic: 0.004% max.(1kHz, 22Hz – 22kHz BW, gain control down, -15dBu input)
Line: 0.004% max.(1kHz, 22Hz – 22kHz BW, gain control down, +16 dBu input
Mic/Line – Balanced 3-pin XLR x4
Mic/Line – Balanced TA3-male x4 AES3 – Multi-pin I/O Connector
FireWire 800 FireWire 400

Analog Balanced – TA3-male x4 Analog Unbalanced – Stereo L/R (5,6) 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mini
Balanced AES Out – TA3-male (1,2 / 3,4) x2 Timecode Output
FireWire 800 FireWire 400
Headphone Output
1/4″ Phone
1/8″ (3.5mm) Mini
Dimensions (WxDxH)
10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8″ (256.54 x 163 x 44mm)
3 lb 12 0z (1.7 kg)(without battery)

• 10-18VDC external input powers and charges on-board battery, 100-240V worldwide power supply
The CL-8 from Sound Devices is a powerful mixing control unit designed for use with the 788T digital audio recorder. The CL-8 can be mounted to the 788T or used remotely to provide in-depth mixer control.

The unit features 8 rotary faders for controlling input levels. Tactile buttons provide control over each input’s high-pass filter, limiter, polarity, and muting. Shortcuts are provided for routing the inputs to the left/right Mix tracks and the Aux tracks. LED indicators display signal presence and peak, as well as left, right, aux, limiter, high-pass, and polarity status.

In addition to control features, the CL-8 also provides additional record tracks to the 788T, which can be monitored in headphones, as well as recorded and routed to the 788T outputs. The unit is bus-powered and connects to the 788T via a USB connection. A USB pass-thru port is provided for connecting a keyboard.

• Robust aluminum and steel construction for professional field use

• Can be mounted to the top or bottom of the 788T, or used remotely

• Bus-powered via USB connection

• USB pass-thru for keyboard connection

• Set of 8 large, rotary faders for input level control

• Tactile buttons for control over high-pass filter, limiter, polarity, and muting

• Quick and simple routing to the Mix and Aux tracks

• CL-8 firmware adds additional record tracks that can be monitored, recorded, and routed

• LED indicator lights

• Slate mic button

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