Sound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel Mixer
Sound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel MixerSound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel MixerSound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel MixerSound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel Mixer

Sound Devices 552 Portable Five-Channel Mixer

$3,610.00 USD

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Product Description

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Sound Devices 552 Key Features

  • Inputs: Five high-performance microphone inputs with two-stage gain control, limiter, variable high-pass, and solo monitoring
  • Pre- or post-fader direct outputs per input
  • Multiple, balanced output connections, including XLR, Hirose 10-pin, and TA3
  • AES/EBU output option, two connections for four channels of digital output, sampling rates up to 96 kHz
  • Integrated digital recorder with simple control records to SD or SDHC media
  • Records uncompressed Broadcast WAV up to 96 kHz sampling or MP3 files
  • Accepts time code input to time-stamp recorded audio files
  • Flexible metering modes, including zoom metering for high precision near 0 dBfs
  • Voice-confirmation appear in headphones for critical operational information and when navigating Setup Menu
  • Lightweight design uses metalized, molded carbon fiber top and bottom panels for durability and strength
  • Front panel is gasketed for protection from weather
  • Powered by four-AA batteries or external 10-18 VDC

Superior Performance and Control

Sound Devices 552 Production Mixer, the most technologically advanced portable audio mixer ever made. Using the best analog and digital technologies, along with advanced mechanical construction, the 552 gives professionals a superb sounding, compact, lightweight and power-efficient mixer that is equally at home in simple run-and-gun applications or in complex multi-input, multi-output production setups.

The 552 contains five precision high-dynamic-range transformer-balanced microphone inputs with expanded gain and headroom. Each input accepts audio sources of various types and levels. Inputs have their own limiter, sweepable high-pass filter, and pre-or-post-fade direct output.

Recording

The Sound Devices 552 has an integrated digital audio recorder writing industry-standard Broadcast Wave files to SD and SDHC media. A simple joystick controller is used to take command of recording functions. Push up to begin recording. Either WAV or MP3 files can be recorded. Recordings can be either 24 or 16 bit, with WAV files having sampling rates from 32 kHz up to 96 kHz.

Flexible Outputs

With its three sets of balanced master outputs (plus numerous unbalanced connections), the 552 provides complete connectivity for multi-camera and complex production setups. Additionally, a digital output option is available for the XLR master outputs. When selected in the Setup Menu, the master XLR outputs can output four channels or 24-bit (or 16-bit) AES/EBU signals, the source of which is selected in the Setup Menu.

Mechanicals

The Sound Devices 552, like all Sound Devices professional audio products, are designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of field production. The 552 uses molded, metalized carbon fiber top and bottom chassis panels for increased durability and weight reduction. Additionally, its front panel is gasketed for improved resistance to moisture.

Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 30 kHz, +0.2, -0.5 dB
THD + Noise: 0.09% max (50 Hz - 20 kHz, +18 dBu at line out, fader fully up)
Equivalent Input Noise: -126 dBu (-128 dBV) maximum. (22 Hz - 22 kHz bandwidth, flat filter, trim control fully up)
Input Type:
  • XLR mic - Transformer-balanced for use with <600 ohm mics
  • XLR line - Transformer-balanced for use with 2k ohm outputs
  • RTN A,B (3.5 mm, TA3, 10-Pin), timecode input - Unbalanced stereo for use with 2k ohm outputs
Input Impedance(ohms actual):
  • XLR mic - 2k ohms
  • XLR line - 16k ohms
  • RTN A,B - 20k ohms
Input Clipping Level: 0 dBu minimum (trim control fully down)
Maximum Input Level:
  • XLR mic - 0 dBu (0.78 Vrms)
  • XLR line - +40 dBu (80 Vrms)
  • RTN A,B - +24 dBu (12.4 Vrms)
Common Mode Rejection Ratio: 120 dB minimum at 80 Hz, mic input, 100 dB minimum at 10 kHz, mic input
High-Pass Filters: sweepable 80 Hz to 240 Hz, 12 dB/oct at 80 Hz, 6 dB/octave at 240 Hz
Mic Powering:
  • each mic/line input selectable, on/off
  • voltage level set for all inputs globally
  • 12 V Phantom - through 680 ohm resistors, 10 mA per mic available
  • 48 V Phantom - through 6.8k resisters, 10 mA per mic available
Input Limiters: affects the output of the mic preamps only ('Trim' stage), +18 dBu threshold, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1 mS attack time, 500 mS release time.
Output Type:
  • XLR Line - transformer-balanced for use with >600 ohm inputs
  • XLR -10 - transformer-balanced for use with >10k ohm outputs
  • XLR Mic - transformer-balanced for use with >600 ohm inputs
  • 10-Pin Line - transformer-balanced for use with >600 ohm inputs
  • 10-Pin -10 - transformer-balanced for use with >10k ohm outputs
  • 10-Pin Mic - transformer-balanced for use with >600 ohm inputs
  • TA3 Balanced Mic and Line: pin-2 and 3 driven, for use with >3k ohm inputs
  • TA3 Direct Outputs Mic and Line: pin-2 and 3 driven, for use with >3k ohm inputs
  • Tape Outs (3.5 mm and TA3-Type): unbalanced, stereo, for use with >6k ohm inputs
  • Mono Mic Out: Unbalanced, mono, for use with >600 ohm inputs
  • Headphones (3.5 mm and 1/4"): unbalanced, stereo, for use with 8-2k ohm headphones
Output Impedance(ohms actual):
  • XLR - 85 ohms at Line setting, 3.2k ohms at -10 setting, 150 ohms at Mic setting
  • 10-Pin - 85 ohms at Line setting, 3.2k ohms at -10 setting, 150 ohms at Mic
  • setting
  • TA3 Balanced Outs - 1k ohms at Mic and Line settings
  • TA3 Direct Outs - 1k ohms at Mic and Line settings
  • Tape Outs (3.5 mm and TA3-type) - 1.8k ohms; Mono Mic Out - 150 ohms
  • Headphones (3.5 mm and 1/4") - 50 ohms
Line Output Clipping Level: (1% THD): 20 dBu minimum with 10k load
Maximum Output Level:
  • Line (XLR, 10-Pin, TA3 Balanced and Direct Outs) - +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)
  • -10 (XLR, 10-Pin, TA3 Balanced and Direct Outs) - +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
  • Mic (XLR, 10-Pin, TA3 Balanced and Direct Outs) - -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)
  • Tape Outs - +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms); Mono Mic Out - +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
Output Limiters: Controls mixer output level; Threshold selectable from +4 dBu to +20 dBu, 1 dB steps, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1 mS attack time,500 mS release time.
Maximum Gain: 107 dB - mic in to headphone out
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
A/D: 24 bit, 96 kHz maximum sampling rate
A/D Dynamic Range: 103 dB, A-weighted bandwidth typical
Metering: 42 segment, sunlight-viewable, selectable Peak, VU, or Peak + VU ballistics, selectable zoom mode
Powering:
  • internal ᄆ16 V (bi-polar) regulated audio rails, 3.2-8 V range internal batteries, isolated (floating) external DC input jack, 5-18 V
  • Locking 4-pin Hirose connector, pin-4 = (+), pin-1 = (-)
Temperature:
  • operating: ヨ20ᄚC to 60ᄚC, 0 to 90% relative humidity
  • (non-condensing), storage: ヨ40ᄚC to 85ᄚC
Weight: 2.0 kg, (4 lbs 6 oz.) unpackaged without four alkaline AA batteries
Dimensions: 53mm/2.1" x 279mm/11" x 168mm/6.6" (H x W x D)

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