Sound Devices Releases 8-Series v10.0—Everything You Need to Know

Sound Devices’ 8-Series.
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Sound Devices’ 8-Series—including the 833, 888, and Scorpio models—is getting a new firmware update, v10.01, that includes a wealth of new features—all at no cost to customers.

Sound Devices takes in feature requests from its customers, and 8-Series v10.01 firmware includes requests that have come in from users over time. One of those is 32-bit float recording. The firmware introduces the ability to record ISO tracks in 32-bit floating point, eliminating clipping in the file, no matter the gain setting. “This has been a popular request, because it is useful when recording audio sources that have unpredictable levels and a wide dynamic range—like dialogue on set suddenly changing from a whisper to a scream,” said Sound Devices director of product management and design Paul Isaacs.

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The new Daylight Mode includes a brighter LCD color scheme, making it easier to see important information and navigate menus, even in direct sunlight. With the v10.01 upgrade, Record folders can quickly be renamed without the need for a computer, directly from the 8-Series Record Folder Options menu. Users can choose whether playback audio goes to all outputs or just headphones, while leaving live audio to pass through to other outputs. This is beneficial for production crews, who can continue hearing live audio without interruption while the sound mixer can check playback of takes.

With the 8-Series v10.01 upgrade, the SD-Remote—a companion app to 8-Series mixer-recorders—now has a new Routing Matrix tab with an overview of all input, channel, bus, and output routing on a single screen, making it much easier to view and control where audio signals are coming from and where they’re going to. With so many inputs, channel, bus, and output routing permutations, this provides an indispensable tool for production sound mixers.

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