Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder

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  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Sound Devices 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder

What's in the Box

  • 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder
  • Cordset 6’ AC Cable
  • XL-WPTA4 Power Supply
  • LCD Cover
  • Antenna, SMA connector
  • Dot Stickers (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple, White, 8 of Each)
  • Promo Sticker (White)
  • Promo Sticker (Black)

**Due to restrictions, this item cannot be shipped outside of the United States.**

Meet the 888 - the Sound Devices portable mixer-recorder that’s compact and light enough to use in a bag, yet has the high channel count and power required for mobile cart productions. The 888 is the smallest portable mixer-recorder on the market that offers Dante for sending and receiving audio over Ethernet. With 8 ultra low-noise, 8-Series microphone preamplifiers, 16 channels, 20 tracks, multiple powering methods, and support for multiple USB control surfaces, the 888 can be easily tailored to your workflow. An updated processing architecture and multiple FPGAs enables the 888 to be fully routable: any physical input may be sent to any track, bus, or output.

Many features have carried over from the premium Sound Devices’ Scorpio, such as the new 8-Series preamplifier design, 2 SD card slots, internal 256GB SSD, and dual L-Mount battery charging and powering. Alternatively, power your 888 using a smart battery, NP-1 battery, or an in-line power supply via its TA4 DC input. The ultra-accurate, fully-featured timecode generator contains its own battery to hold timecode for up to four hours after power off.

Dedicated coms and slate allows for professional bi-directional communication with other crew members. Send customized mixes to the camera or crew with multiple mix buses. With the ability to record to three media simultaneously, you can turn over an SD card to production, AAC files for transcription, and keep a backup on the internal 256 GB SSD.

A built-in three band EQ may be set to either pre- or post-fade for each channel to tune each input directly on-set. Enable Dugan Automixing or MixAssist to automatically attenuate unused microphones in multi-microphone applications. Up to 16 channels can be automixed at a time.

Get the perfect fit on your cart with one of several supported USB control surfaces for remote fader and transport control. Download the companion Android app, SD-Remote, to access to transport controls, metering, and sound reports on a large touch screen. Elevate your kit with the 888 Portable Production Mixer-Recorder.

Analog Inputs

Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz ± 0.5 dB (192 kHz sample rate, re 1 kHz)
THD + Noise 0.005% max (mic in, 1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, trim at 20, fader at 0, -10 dBu in)
Equivalent Input Noise -131 dBV (-129 dBu) max (mic in, A-weighting, 76 dB gain, 150 ohm source impedance)

Processing Engine

Highly extensible, full FPGA-based audio processing, 3 FPGAs
Six-way ARM multiprocessor system
64-bit audio processing precision

Audio Over Ethernet

Dante, AES67 compatible
16 channels in, 16 channels out (up to 192 kHz)
1 Gb/s Ethernet, 1 port, transformer-balanced


Mic/Line inputs 8 total, all fully featured; 4 on full-size XLR, 4 on TA3
Mic-level inputs (XLR, TA3): Class-A, discrete differential long-tail pair, 4k ohm input impedance
Line-level inputs (XLR, TA3): active-balanced, 4k ohm input impedance
48V phantom full 10mA to all 8 inputs simultaneously
AES3 or AES42 available on XLR input 1
AES42 +10 V, 250 mA available, mode-1, auto-ASRC
Rtn A (TA3) unbalanced 2-channel, 4k ohm input impedance
Rtn B (3.5 mm) unbalanced 2-channel, 4k ohm input impedance
Com Rtn (TA3) balanced, 1-channel, 8k ohm input impedance
External Slate Mic (TA5) balanced, 8k ohm input impedance
Maximum Input Level Mic +8 dBu (2.0 Vrms)
Maximum Input Level Line +28 dBu (19.5 Vrms)
Maximum Input Level Rtn A, B +18 dBu (6.2 Vrms)
Maximum Input Level Com Rtn 1 +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms)
Maximum Input Level External Slate Mic +12 dBu (3.2 Vrms)
High-Pass Filters Adjustable 10 Hz to 320 Hz, 18 dB/oct. 1st stage analog (before preamp), 2nd stage digital
Limiters: available at all channels, buses and headphones for all sample rates Analog: First Stage
Digital: (all subsequent stages)
Atack Time: 1 ms
Release time: adjustable, 50 ms to 1000 ms
Threshold: adjustable, -2 dBFS to -12 dBFS
Selectable ratio: inf:1, 20:1, 18:1, 16:1, 14:1, 12:1, 10:1


Channel Adjustable 0-50 ms
Output Adjustable 0-500 ms

Maximum Gain

Trim stage (mic input) 76 dB
Trim stage (line input) 50 dB
Fader stage 16 dB
Bus stage 16 dB
Headphone stage 20 dB
Mic-to-Line 108 dB
Mic-to-Headphone 112 dB


XLR (L, R) active-balanced, 250/3.2k/120 ohms (mic/-10/line)
TA3 (X1-X4) active-balanced, 250/3.2k/120 ohms (mic/-10/line)
3.5mm (X5, X6, X7, X8) unbalanced, stereo, 1.8k ohms

Headphone Outputs

TA5 (along with mic input pins) for single connection to headset + mic
High output, 4 ohm output impedance, 400 mW + 400 mW at each connector, all individually driven Compatible with headphones of any impedance
Maximum Output Level (all into 10k load) Line: +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)
Maximum Output Level (all into 10k load) “-10”: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
Maximum Output Level (all into 10k load) Mic: -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)
Maximum Output Level (all into 10k load) X5/X6 Out: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
Maximum Output Level (all into 10k load) Headphone outputs (¼”, TA-5, X7/X8): +14 dBu (4.0 Vrms)

Digital Outputs

AES3 transformer-balanced, in pairs 1-2 (XLR-L), 3-4 (XLR-R), 110 ohm, 2 V p-p, AES and S/PDIF compatible


A/D Converters 32-bit 120 dB, A-weighted dynamic range typical
A/D Converters Sampling rates 44.1 kHz, 47.952 kHz, 48 kHz, 48.048 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
Bit Depth 16, 24
Available Recording: Internal 256 GB SSD
SD Cards (2): Each 10% over-provisioned (reserved free space) for optimum performance. Simultaneous recording to internal SSD and the two SD cards.
Bit Depth 16, 24
exFAT formatting 20 tracks (16 iso channels, 4 buses)
Broadcast WAV monophonic and polyphonic file format 64-bit WAV (RF64) monophonic and polyphonic; support for files > 4 GB>br/>AAC 2 track at 48 kHz, selectable bit rate 32, 64, 128, 192, 256 kbps

Automatic Mixing

Dugan Automixer up to 16 channels on Left and Right Mix bus
MixAssist up to 16 channels on Left and Right Mix bus


USB-C (USB 3.1 type 1) for file transfer of internal SSD, both SD Cards
USB-A Host for keyboard, external controller, external USB hubs supported for connecting multiple devices

Timecode and Sync

Modes Supported: Off, Rec Run, Free Run, 24h Run, External, including External Auto-Record and Continuous modes.
Frame Rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 DF, 29.97 ND, 30 DF, 30 ND
Sample/Timecode Accuracy: 0.1 ppm (0.25 frames per 24 hours)
Timecode Input: 20k ohm impedance, 0.3 V - 3.0 V p-p (–17 dBu - +3 dBu)
Timecode Output: 75 ohm impedance, 5 V p-p (+12 dBu)

Remote Control

CL-12 Linear Fader Controller
USB MIDI MCU Control  - supported 3rd party fader controllers
SD-Remote Android app
USB Keyboard
External Timecode Record Trigger


320x240, Transflective, excellent sunlight visibility
Larger touchscreen display available via USB-connected SD-Remote app


External: 10-18 V input on locking TA4 connectors, pin-4 = (+), pin-1 = (-), supports Smart Battery telemetry, Dual rear-mount Sony-style L-mount batteries with chargers
Current Draw, at 12 V no battery charging: All mic preamps off: 0.90 A,
All mic preamps on: 1.12 A
All mic preamps on, 192 kHz sample rate, recording to 2 SD Cards: 1.29 A, All mic preamps on, 192 kHz sample rate, recording to 2 SD Cards, Dante enabled: 1.56 A Intelligent power-down of unused mic preamps and other internal circuits
Environmental Operating: -20° C to 60° C, 0 to 90% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Storage: -40° C to 85° C


Dimensions 2.0 in. x 10.0 in. x 7.3 in
Weight 4.0 lbs