Sound Devices was born in the summer of 1998 with one goal in mind: design and build robust, intuitive production audio products that improve workflow for audio professionals everywhere. Nowadays, the company is recognized and respected worldwide for its innovative technology, unparalleled design and build quality, and superior customer service for its portable mixer-recorders, wireless transmitters and receivers, and related equipment.
Sound Devices products are used in a wide range of applications, including narrative, documentary, and commercial film, episodic and reality television, sports and news broadcasting, sound effects gathering, acoustical test and measurement, live and studio music recording, podcasting, content creation for YouTube and streaming services, and more.
The company’s first high-performance product, the MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp, made strong inroads into the broadcast market. Other innovations soon followed, including the very first USB computer audio interface, the USBPre, and a full line of field mixers including the 442 and 302. In 2004, Sound Devices entered the non-linear field recording market with its pioneering line of 7-Series digital audio recorders. The 6-Series combined additional mixing capabilities with portable recording starting in 2012. The 970, released in 2014, featured an astounding 64 record tracks and remains widely used on productions with high channel counts.
In 2017, Sound Devices joined the prosumer audio market with the release of the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 mixer-recorders and USB audio interfaces. Today, the second generation MixPre II Series is beloved both by sound professionals and sound beginners for its lightweight, durable chassis and extensive feature set. The 8-Series, comprising the Scorpio, 888 and 833, is Sound Devices’ newest and most powerful generation of mixer-recorders. Designed specifically for the sound professional’s workflow, each portable mixer-recorder possesses unprecedented recording power, a fully-customizable routing matrix, and a rugged, efficient interface.
In 2018, Sound Devices acquired acclaimed British wireless microphone systems manufacturer Audio Limited. The A10 Digital Wireless System, comprising the A10-TX, A10-RX, and A10-RACK, joined legendary British audio quality with the best of American design. The release of the A20-Mini wireless transmitter in 2021 expanded on this previous system and introduced new features such as GainForward Architecture with the 8-Series, fully remote operation and powerful group controls.
Sound Devices has been recognized by its audio industry peers with awards for several products. The 633 compact production mixer, 664 field production mixer, 788T-SSD portable audio recording system, 970 half-rack audio recorder, SL-6 powering and wireless system, MixPre-10T audio recorder and USB interface, Scorpio portable mixer-recorder, and CL-16 linear fader control surface have all earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award, as well as other honors.
For over two decades, Sound Devices has remained true to the spirit of creative innovations and its original goal of providing products of the highest quality that help sound professionals capture the most pristine audio in the world. Sound Devices designs, assembles and supports its products at its Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters and its Madison, Wisconsin and Watford, UK offices.Sound Devices
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