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Sound Devices 552

Five-Channel Portable Production Mixer with Built-In Recorder

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Five-Channel Portable Production Mixer with Built-In Recorder

Sound Devices 552


The introduction of the 552 mixer brings a powerful new feature to field mixers, a high-quality integrated audio recorder. It is unquestionably convenient to have a built-in recorder with a field mixer. With the addition of its recorder, one question that comes up is whether the 552 can be substituted in place of a 7-Series recorder.

Audio Performance

While both the 552 and 7-Series recorders have excellent audio performance, when the lowest noise recording is required, the 7-Series recorders are the choice. The combination of the 7-Series' extended bandwidth microphone preamplifiers and their high-dynamic range analog-to-digital converters provides increased dynamic range and sensitivity. This translates to lower noise recordings, especially when distant micing low level sound sources. If your microphones can take advantage of the low noise, the 7-Series will outperform them. The 702, 702T, 722, and 744T mic inputs have 114 dB of dynamic range, and the 788T microphone inputs have 123 dB of dynamic range. The figures on the 788T approach the theoretical limit of A-to-D performance.

The 552 is a capable performer, as well. It has 103 dB of dynamic range and is suitable for most applications. Its A-to-D performance is the biggest difference, with the 552 having a bias toward increased power efficiency and the 788T having a bias towards increased performance, especially noise performance. When the widest bandwidth and lowest noise recording is required, choose the 7-Series.

Advantage 7-Series

Input Routing Options

The 552 provides fixed routing options for selecting outputs and input signals for recording. From the factory the left/right outputs are sent to the recorder, perfect for a recording of a dual-mono or stereo mix. Other options are available, including input pairs 1/2 and 3/4, plus combinations of inputs and outputs. The same source selected for recording are available for digital output using the AES A output pair. 552 sound files are always two-track polyphonic WAV files.

7-Series recorders, whether two, four, or eight input, allow any input to be routed to any recording track. This allows any possible routing combination and offers a great deal of flexibility. Additionally, 7-Series recorders can record either monophonic WAV files or poly WAV files.





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