Sound Devices Updates the 688 Mixer & PIX-E5 Interface Firmware

The audio equipment company continues making it easier to get clean audio from larger groups of people. 

We got a taste for the scale of Sound Devices recording ambition's last year as they introduced the 688, a 12 input 16 track portable mixer. Now they've introduced a firmware update that makes the powerful device even more unique.

The update includes an RF Scan, which plots out a graphical plot of the RF signals in your environment so you can avoid areas where the levels are high, thus avoiding any potential interference. It also makes the 688 the first field production location mixer to include a setting for the Dugan algorithm. In lay men's terms, it means the mixer detects speech levels and opens and closes microphones accordingly.

They also introduced the SL-6 accessory, an integrated wireless receiver and pairing distribution system which bolts directly to the recorder, so you don’t need external audio cables anymore. For the PIX E-5 monitor, a firmware update will allow simultaneous pro-res and H264 recording. 


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If they added raw recording in the PIX-E line I could commit to these monitors for years. I don't the the HDR (10 stop capable panel) nearly as much as raw recording.

Given how thought out these recorders are (and the max bandwidth they can record at, ProRes 4444 XQ) you'd think raw recording would be possible... And if it is, then they should announce a timeline for it, instead of losing potential sales.

April 23, 2016 at 7:33PM


Why would one buy a field mixer instead of a multichannel recorder?

April 28, 2016 at 2:53PM, Edited April 28, 2:53PM

David Gurney

It records too with time stamp...

They are just showing off the mixer function as they are more important to the people operating it.

May 2, 2016 at 10:41AM

You voted '-1'.
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