CL-2 Remote Fader, CL-8 Controller, CL-9 Controller, XL-88 Breakout Cable. See the new 788T-SSD

788T Portable Multi-Track Audio Recorder with Timecode

The 788T is a powerful, eight input, 12-track digital audio recorder designed for production sound. Building on the success of the proven 7-Series architecture, the 788T offers greatly expanded input and output connectivity while continuing the 7-Series heritage of extensive control in a compact package.

Its eight full-featured inputs ensure superb audio quality. They accept either microphone or line-level signals, provide 48 V phantom power for condenser microphones, offer peak limiters for microphone inputs, and fully adjustable high-pass filters. Extensive routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to mixed tracks or to isolated tracks.

The 788T normally has three options for recording media, an internal 160 GB SATA hard drive or a SSD Solid State Drive*, CompactFlash media with UDMA support, or an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac OS, or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.

To simplify interconnection with mixers and cameras with AES3 connectivity, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six channels of balanced AES3 output. The 788T can be clocked from external word clock or from video sync. The 788T has a high-accuracy time code reader/generator on board. It includes auto-record features to chase external rec-run video sources. To simplify metadata entry the 788T directly accepts USB keyboards. Keyboard shortcuts can be programmed to control menu items and machine transport. The extensive power of the 788T simplifies any production sound setup.

*See the new 788T-SSD

Key Features

  • Eight mic/line inputs, each controlled with front panel, pop-out gain controls
  • 12-track recording, to record iso's, stereo mix track, and two-track aux, Aux1, Aux2
  • Each input has solo headphone monitoring, 48 V phantom, limiter, polarity reverse, high-pass, and selectable delay
  • Selectable sampling rate converters on each digital input
  • Sampling rate selectable up to 96 kHz
  • AES42 digital microphone support
  • Backlit LCD display viewable in any environment
  • 8 x 13-segment Peak/VU meters with arm LED
  • Word clock in and out with tri-level video sync support
  • Time code generator supports all data rates; holds time code for four hours with no power sources attached
  • Internal 160 GB, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive
  • CompactFlash slot with UDMA support
  • Powered by removable Li-ion rechargeable batteries
  • External-DC power input operates unit and charges Li-ion battery
  • Back panel multi-pin connector for one-cable connection to digital mixing board (AES input/output, power, switch closure in/out)
  • FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0 connections for ultra-fast file tranfer between 788T's CF and HDD to computer
  • USB keyboard input for control
  • Aluminum and stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight
  • Designed for the same operational environmental extremes as Sound Devices field mixers


CL-2 Remote Fader for 788T Recorders

Model Description Price
CL-2 Remote 30mm linear fader for the 788T Digital recorders. Mounts directly to most boom poles. Equipped with four programmable Logic switches. Connects to the 788T over C.Link. $325.00

The CL-2 Remote Fader adds a remote level control to any 788T input with its 30mm linear fader. It can be programmed to control any input or track on the 788T. Additionally the CL-2 is designed with two programmable, two-position switches on each side of the unit making it suitable for both left- and right-handed use. The switches can be programmed to operate functions on the 788T such as recording start and stop. The CL-2 is powered by the C.Link port on the 788T recorders and firmware revision 1.75 or higher is required for operation.

CL-8 Controller for 788T

The CL-8 is a powerful mixing control surface for the Sound Devices 788T recorder. Its large rotary faders and push buttons bring extensive mixer-type control to 788T inputs. The lightweight CL-8 can be used either mounted on or remote from the 788T.

The CL-8 features eight large, rotary faders to control levels of input-to-master-track (L, R) and input-to-aux-track levels (post-fade). With its tactile buttons, control over each input’s high-pass filter, limiter, polarity, mute status, and routing is quick with visual indication on the CL-8 front panel. The CL-8 provides shortcuts to route inputs to the left/right mix tracks and Aux1 and Aux2 tracks.

The CL-8 firmware adds additional record tracks to the 788T. These new tracks can be monitored in headphones, recorded, and routed to 788T outputs.

Key Features
  • Eight faders for level control of 788T inputs
  • Tactile buttons for control of high-pass, limiter, polarity, and mute of each input.
  • Button to activate the slate microphone on the 788T
  • Quickly assign inputs to Left, Right, Aux 1, and Aux 2 record tracks
  • Signal presence and input peak indicators
  • LED indicators for Left, Right, Aux1, Aux2, limiter, high-pass, and polarity indicators
  • Bus-powered by the 788T
  • Connects directly to the 788T using the USB port, with USB keyboard pass-through; can be mounted directly to the 788T.
  • Aluminum and stainless-steel construction
  • Designed for the same operational environmental extremes as Sound Devices field mixers.
Price: $985.00

CL-9 Controller for 788T - Compact, Linear Fader Controller with Enhanced Monitoring

The CL-9 Linear Fader Controller is a dedicated mixing surface for the 788T. With the addition of a CL-9, the already powerful 788T becomes a complete mixer / recording system, perfect for audio capture in sound-for-picture and music-oriented productions.

The heart of the CL-9 is its eight ultra low-latency linear faders and rotary input trim controls. Critical gain changes are fast, smooth, and precise. When a CL-9 is connected the 788T gains a single band parametric EQ for each of its eight inputs. EQ frequency, level, and Q are adjustable. Additionally, the CL-9 adds input pan to the 788T.

A wide range of 788T menu-based controls are accessible with convenient knob control on the CL-9. These controls include output level control of the six outputs, dedicated L / R and Aux 1 / Aux 2 output level controls, track-record enabling for each of the 12 record tracks, and one-touch soloing of inputs or tracks.

Bus-powered by the 788T, the CL-9 is connected by a single USB cable. By connecting the headphone output from the 788T to the CL-9 additional monitoring features are available.

CL-9 Key Features

  • Eight 100 mm linear faders for precise input level control
  • Rotary trim control for each input with ring LED metering
  • Sweepable, single-band parametric EQ per input with variable frequency, gain and filter Q
  • Four rotary level controls for Left, Right, Aux1, and Aux2 tracks
  • Input pan control
  • Output level control for outputs 1–6
  • Two communication return inputs for private talkback circuits
  • Slate circuit for recording slate mic to tracks and sending to outputs
  • Frequency Response: Any input to any output: 20 Hz to 20 kHz ± 1 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Output muting
  • Footswitch input for programmable switch closure (GPI)
  • Four additional user-progammable controls, useful to assign menu items to physical controls
  • Stainless-steel chassis with and machined aluminum end panels
Price: $2250.00

XL-88 Breakout Cable for 788T

Model Description Price
XL-88 788T-specific breakout cable for the DE-15 multi-pin connector. XLR connectivity to AES inputs 1 through 8, plus XLR output for AES 5/6. A 4-pin Hirose female connector accepts 10-18 VDC input. Lead for Logic In and Out. $150.00

The production case for the 788T can be found in the listing of accessories here.

For more information please see Sound Devices.

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