Sound Devices 788T

//Sound Devices 788T

Sound Devices 788T


  • 8 Recording Tracks
  • Internal 256GB Solid-State Drive
  • CompactFlash Slot
  • Time Code Generator
  • FireWire 400/800 and USB 2.0


The Sound Devices 788T-SSD Portable Digital Recorder builds on the success of the Sound Devices 7-series digital recorders. The 788T-SSD is a lightweight and compact professional recorder that features 8 digital recording tracks. An internal 256GB SSD, 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-SSD serves as a mass storage device when connected to high-speed USB or FireWire ports on Windows and Mac OS X computers.

The 8 microphone and line-level inputs are provided as 4 XLR and 4 TA3-male connections. The 788T-SSD has 8 channels of balanced AES3 digital input and 6 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: Please note that not all memory cards are approved to work with this device. Please check manufacturer’s website for a list of approved cards.
Firmware revision 2.01 for the 788T-SSD is now available for download andinstallation. It is recommended that all 788T-SSD users and owners update now. Detailed instructions and changes are on the download page at:

Compact and Durable

8-track portable SSD/CompactFlash audio recorder with 256GB internal SSD and full time code implementation
Compact aluminum and stainless-steel chassis for exceptional durability and light weight, resistant to environmental extremes

Comprehensive Professional Connectivity

8 channels of improved microphone and line inputs with phantom power, limiting, and high-pass filters
3-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 ports 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, 32kHz – 96kHz 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 320kbps stereo files
Stable, reliable Ambient time code circuitry, tunable to <0.2 PPM accuracy with all relevant TC rates and 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
10-18VDC external input powers and charges on-board battery, 100-240V worldwide power supply

Sound Devices 788T Specifications

TypePortable 8-Channel Digital Hard Disk Recorder
Recording/Reading MethodsMedium:
Internal 256GB SSD*
CompactFlash Type I, II and Microdrive*
Please see manufacturer’s site for a list of approved cardsFile Format: WAV, BWF, MP3
*FAT32 Formatted
Recording Bit Rate16-bit, 24-bit
Sampling FrequencyInternal: 32, 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 96.096kHz
External: 32-96.096kHz (Word Clock Input)
Number of Channels8
Frequency Response10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB (Gain Controls Centered)
Signal-to-Noise RatioNot Specified by Manufacturer
Dynamic RangeA/D:
114dB (A-weighted)
110dB (20Hz – 22kHz)
112dB (A-Weighted)
108dB (20Hz – 22kHz)
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)
Inputs4 x Mic/Line Balanced 3-Pin XLR
4 x Mic/Line Balanced TA3-Male
1 x AES3 Multi-Pin I/O Connector
1 x FireWire 800
1 x FireWire 400
1 x USB Port
Output4 x Analog Balanced TA3-Male
2 x Analog Unbalanced Stereo L/R (5,6) 3.5mm Mini
2 x Balanced AES Out TA3-Male (1,2 / 3,4)
1 x Timecode Output
1 x FireWire 800
1 x FireWire 400
1 x USB Port
Dimensions (WxDxH)10.1 x 6.4 x 1.8″ (256.54 x 163 x 44mm)
Weight3.75 lbs (1.7kg) (Without Battery)