Sound Devices 788T unveiled

Sound Devices introduces a new addition to its 7 series line of digital audio recorders: the 788T eight-track recorder.

Photo of all four sides of the Sound Devices 788T portable audio recorder.
Every way you turn the 788T, you're confronted with a stupefying amount of I/O connections. Sound Decvices

You know that scene in Crocodile Dundee where Paul Hogan gets held up with a switch blade, gives a little giggle, and then proceeds to unsheathe a knife that could disembowel an elephant? That's how I feel after producing my pro-audio recorder roundup last week, only to later learn about the Sound Devices 788T.

Due in May, this truly professional-grade portable multitrack recorder will set you back a cool $5,995. For your money, you'll get eight tracks of simultaneous audio recording up to 24-bit WAV resolution; a 160GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive; compact flash memory expansion; external FireWire hard-drive support; LED VU meters; pop-out illuminated gain control knobs; microphone phantom power; soft-knee limiting; digital I/O; USB keyboard input; word clock and video sync; and a removable Li-ion battery pack. The 788T's chassis is built from aluminum and stainless steel and weighs just under 4 pounds.

For anyone not involved in on-location movie and sound production, the Sound Devices 788T is way overkill, but it's cool to know this kind of hardcore gear exists.

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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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