SoundDevices 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer with 16-Track Recorder & Automixing

12 analog inputs, 16-track recording, auto-mixer, PowerSafe, External DC or battery powered.

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SoundDevices 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer with 16-Track Recorder & Automixing

SoundDevices 688 Quick View:
12 analog inputs: Six mic/line preamps plus six line inputs all with front-panel faders & PFLs.
16-track recording to SD & CompactFlash cards; Timecode-stamped WAV & MP3 files
MixAssist 12-input auto-mixer.
Eight output buses: L/R mix plus Aux 1-6; transformer-balanced XLR & Hirose outs for freedom from ground loops Two AES42/AES3 inputs, eight AES3 outputs.
Direct menu control of SuperSlot-compatible wireless (with SL-6).
PowerSafe protects files from power loss.
2-second power on-to-recording.
Flexible digital mixing and routing.
Adjustable input & output delay.
Three camera returns & dedicated COM return.
Internal & external slate mic inputs.
Ambient TC generator and reader and internal TC backup battery.
Easy to navigate interface, 1000-nit LCD visible in all light conditions, configurable metering.
USB Keyboard for metadata entry.
User-configurable headphone presets.
Light-weight, durable carbon-fiber chassis.
Powered by AA-battery (x5), external DC or NP1 via SL-6.

Sound Devices 688 Features:

The sounddevice 688 combines performance, reliability, and integrity of sound quality, 
to help production sound engineers thrive on even the most complex productions.
With its multi-channel mixer, two powerful auto mixers (Dugan and MixAssist™), and integrated 16-track recorder,
the 688 was designed with high-demand versatility in mind.
Vertical meter displays, improved menus, and the ability to save custom configurations make live monitoring
and on-the-fly adjustments simple and quick.
Its portability, durability, and impressive feature set, make it capable of fitting into any production scenario,
from bag to cart-based workflows.

With 12 true inputs (6 mic inputs and 6 line inputs), 
the sounddevices 688 offers more than enough fader control for bag work.
Add the optional SL-6 integrated powering and wireless system, used with SuperSlot-compatible receivers,
and the 688 gains complete Rx control and monitoring, plus RF scanning and frequency assignment,
all from the 688's larger color LCD.

Its eight assignable outputs (L/R, X1-X6) provide vast routing flexibility, 
allowing sound mixers to easily tailor their setup to the various configurations necessary while on location.
Channel assignments are a breeze. Add the optional CL-12 linear fader controller,
and the 688 becomes a very powerful, fully cohesive cart audio system with smooth-gliding faders, 3-band EQ,
dedicated controls and LED metering.

Inputs and Outputs
The 688 has six high-bandwidth mic/line inputs on XLR connectors,
each complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, analog input limiter and variable pan.
Six additional line-level inputs on TA3 connectors offer flexibility for more complex productions.

Routing Flexibility
All inputs are assignable, pre- or post-fade to its eight output buses, left/right plus Aux 1-6.
The 688 can send its main left/right mix to three cameras simultaneously via transformer-balanced XLR and Hirose outputs.

Two Auto Mixers: The Choice is Yours
In keeping with Sound Devices' commitment to giving production sound mixers
the tools they need to help them mix in increasingly complex production settings,
the inclusion of the Dugan Speech System™, along with Sound Devices' MixAssist™,
makes the 688 the 'go-to' automixing tool for field production applications.
Automatic mixing is widely used in broadcast television applications,
in dialogue recording for TV and motion picture production, and in house of worship (HOW) applications.
It also is a good choice for teleconferencing, video trucks, and theater applications with multiple wireless microphones on stage.
Dugan automixing takes over the nerve-wracking job of cueing mics in and out,
freeing up the location recordist to pay more attention to the artistic balance.

MixAssist automatically attenuates the level of inputs that are not active 
and helps maintain consistent background sound levels regardless of the number of open microphones.
Comb filtering and phasing artifacts are also reduced
when multiple mics pick up the same sound source by inteligently attenuating redundant mics.
The end user can define the amount of off-attenuation MixAssist uses.

Recording
The 688 offers 16-track, polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording to SD and CompactFlash cards.
All common sampling rates are supported, including 192 kHz on up to six tracks.
The memory cards can be set independently, recording either identical material for real-time backup, or combinations of WAV and MP3 files.

Timecode and Metadata
The 688 features a world renowned Ambient™ timecode generator and reader supporting all common rates and modes.
A helpful time code compare utility shows the difference between internal and external timecode.
The 688 also generates sound reports and supports extensive metadata, via the front panel or attached USB keyboard.

6-Series Gets a Wingman
Wingman, a wireless remote control option for the 6-Series mixer/recorder line,
is a free application that, when paired with the required WM-Connect Bluetooth® Smart USB accessory,
enables clear views of metering and timecode display on the larger screens of Android and iOS mobile devices.
With Wingman, Sound Mixers can:
View meters, timecode, and frame rate
Start and stop recordings
Arm, disarm, and name tracks
Edit a take’s metadata
Circle takes and set False takes
Manage, create, and email sound reports

PowerSafe™
The 688 incorporates exclusive PowerSafe circuitry with smart sensing of available power sources,
front panel warning indication of power loss, and an integrated 10-second power reserve that will,
in the event of an inadvertent power loss, allow the 688 to safely stop recording, properly end all file operations,
and then automatically shut down.

Quick Boot:
Power on and start recording in less than two seconds. You never have to wait on sound.

Optional Accessories:
CL-12
The optional CL-12 linear fader controller significantly expands the mixing capability of the 688.
With the CL-12, the 688 gains a 3-band parametric equalizer for each of its 12 inputs,
shortcut access to SuperSlot™ wireless receiver data (when used with the SL-6),
and MixAssist™ auto-mix monitoring. Tactile controls,
including illuminated buttons and twelve easy-to-use manual faders,
combine with LED metering to improve the whole mixing experience.
The CL-12 comes in two models:
the standard CL-12, designed to be a sleek and durable mixing surface with robust black aluminum side panels,
and the CL-12 Alaia, which features incredibly smooth gliding Penny & Giles faders and gorgeous custom hardwood side panels.

SL-6
For a virtually cable free bag, attach this optional power distribution and six channel wireless system.
Its three slots provide powering and audio interconnection between the 688 and slot-in receivers
plus fully integrated control and monitoring of SuperSlot™ receivers,
plus RF spectrum scanning and frequency assignment, direct from the mixer's LCD.
With its built-in RF signal distribution,
the SL-6 reduces the need for multiple antenna while its NP1 battery slot, USB charging port,
two 12 V isolated outputs, and two non-isolated direct battery outputs provide powering for peripheral devices.
Read more about the SL-6.

CL-6
This optional input controller attaches to the bottom of the 688
and adds six full-sized tactile fader control of channels 7-12,
sunlight-viewable LED metering and big, back-lit record and stop controls.
When the CL-6 is attached to a 688, the 688’s mini-faders,
originally assigned as faders for 7-12, switch to trim controls.

Note: Power supply not included; The XL-WPH3 power accessory and all AA batteries are sold separately.

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What is in the BOX:
1, 688
1, USB 2.0 A female to female connector
1, USB A to USB B, 2-meter RoHS cable
2, Link port cover
1, LCD protective cover
4, Adhesive rubber "bumpers"

 

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