Sound Devices 552

5-channel Field Production Mixer and SD Recorder with 5 Microphone Preamplifiers, Direct Outputs, and 3 Balanced Master Outputs
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$3,610.00
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Sound Devices 552
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Quality Field Mixer

Hit the field with the Sound Devices 552. This high-performance portable audio mixer and recorder is perfect for both basic and complex production setups. There are five microphone preamplifiers onboard, each with its own limiter, highpass filter, and direct output. From there, the three sets of balanced master outputs give you a wide range of connectivity flexibility. If you need to capture audio directly, there's a built-in SD recorder that can record industry-standard WAV files or basic MP3s. For total field freedom, the 552 can be powered by four AA batteries.

Sound Devices 552 Portable Production Mixer and SD Recorder at Glance:
  • Five preamplifiers with individual limiter and highpass filter
  • Records to SD and SDHC media
  • Three sets of balanced master outputs
  • Designed to withstand extreme weather and climate
Five preamplifiers with individual limiter and highpass filter

The 552 features five transformer-balanced microphone inputs with significant gain and headroom. Each input accepts sources of various types and levels, and each has its own limiter, sweepable highpass filter, and pre- or post-fade direct output.

Records to SD and SDHC media

The 552 has an integrated two-track, digital audio recorder that writes industry-standard Broadcast Wave files to SD and SDHC media. A simple joystick controller is used to take command of recording functions. Just push up to begin recording either WAV or MP3 files. Files can be either 24 or 16 bit, with WAV files having sampling rates from 44.1kHz up to 96kHz.

Three sets of balanced master outputs

With its three sets of balanced master outputs (plus a number of unbalanced connections), the 552 provides complete connectivity for multi-camera and complex production setups. What's more, 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 of 24-bit (or 16-bit) AES/EBU signals, the source of which is selected in the Setup Menu.

Designed to withstand extreme weather and climate

The 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.

Sound Devices 552 Portable Production Mixer and SD Recorder Features:
  • 5 high-performance microphone inputs with 2-stage gain control, limiter, variable highpass, 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, 2 connections for 4 channels of digital output, sampling rates up to 96kHz
  • Integrated digital recorder with simple control records to SD or SDHC media
  • Records 2 tracks of uncompressed Broadcast WAV up to 96kHz sampling, or compressed 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 4 AA batteries or external 10-18 VDC
Hit the field with the flexible 5-channel Sound Devices 552 mixer and SD recorder!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 5
Inputs - Mic Preamps 5 x XLR (Mic/Line)
Inputs - Line 5 x XLR (Mic/Line)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 1 x Hirose 10-pin, 2 x TA3
Outputs - Direct 5 x TA3
Outputs - Other 2 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x 1/8" (Mono Mic Out), 1 x 1/8" (Tape), 1 x TA3 (Tape)
Headphones 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
Phantom Power Yes
Height 2.1"
Width 11"
Depth 6.6"
Weight 4 lbs. (w/batteries)
Manufacturer Part Number 552

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