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Sound Devices 702 Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from NY January 9, 2014Music Background:
    Aural dreams as a toddler

    Sound Devices 702

    For stereo, 2 tracking, back up or adding 2 more channels (analog or digital) to a pre-existing set up NOTHING beats this for quality, ease of use, connectivity and reliability.
    I do a weekly gig, usually with a laptop but don't need it and heavy preamps and their power supplies and cords for the typical 2 tracks I record. One of the usual members who attends these gigs asked me "What happened? I liked watching the computer program and all the complicated screens?" - No need anymore.
    If you are hedging on this MY ADVICE IS SOUND DEVICES.
    Thanks to Joe James at Sweetwater for making this an easy and enjoyable purchase - a great guy to speak with about products or even Chicago pizza.

  • from New Jersey July 10, 2012Music Background:
    Recording, classical performer, composer, educator, gear geek

    This is the answer

    I literally LOVE the Sound Devices 702. Iíve been using mic pres like the Apogee Ensemble (an excellent device, donít get me wrong) and lugging it around in a "portable" rack containing a MacBook Pro, a power conditioner, and a mile-long power chord. Taping down the cables and chords and tearing them back up again was very frustrating, especially while wearing orchestral concert dress. Getting sick of that, I realized battery power was the way to go and researched the 702. Set up takes ľ the time it used to and the quality of the recording is stunning. The thing is so little you can hang it right on the mic stand -- such a small footprint! Ė so there are no mic cables to tape down, none on the floor at all. The device and the CF card are actually easier to use and far more reliable than computer hardware and recording software. Also, you simplify your recording pathway, and thus its quality, by removing the mic pre driver software, the recording software, the computer, and the polluted wall power from the path. Itís just the mics and your 702 leaving the software and the computer for what theyíre really good for back in the studio. Plus itís made in the USA; similar recorders on the market either have QA issues or are Swiss made with mountain-high Swiss prices.

  • from Cleveland, Ohio March 10, 2012

    Love this unit!

    At risk of sounding like a grumpy old guy, I'll start by saying that so much of what is made today is garbage. Not this unit. Well made, compact (roughly the footprint of a medium-sized novel), and fairly straight-forward learning curve. And -- most importantly -- it sounds great.

    I use it for recording interviews I video tape, but have also recorded music with it. Paired with a great mic, this thing rocks!

    It is expensive. But you get what you pay for.

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