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Sound Devices 970

Sound Devices model 970 is a robust, 64-track Dante and MADI-equipped multi-track audio recorder. The half rack, 2U device simplifies applications requiring high-track-count.

MADI and Dante
The 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit, 48 kHz WAV files from any of its 144 available input connections. Connections include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog, and eight channels of AES digital. Any input can be assigned to any track. 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

Simultaneous Multi-Drive Recording
The 970 records to any of four attached drives, two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. With four available drives, material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously for simultaneous backups, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Drives can also be set to record sequentially, allowing continuous long form, high-track count recordings.

Perfect Sync
With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient timecode generator, the 970 can operate as either the master clock or it can be jammed to external devices cameras and other sources. All common production time code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports clock synchronization from external word clock, video, MADI, or AES. To simplify connection of multiple digital inputs, SRC's are available at each input.

PowerSafe™ and Dual Power Supplies
PowerSafe™ circuitry provides a constant 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the 970 continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then cleanly stops any file operation and safely shuts down. The 970 draws 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. A secondary connection allows connection to redundant power supplies.

FileSafe™ keeps recorded files intact and recoverable. Transparent to users, FileSafe™ records to an intermediate format that "finalizes" files after recording. Available for Mac OS X and Windows. Click here for more info.

Network Connected
The 970 can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on PIXNET. PIXNET offers control of one or multiple 970 recorders. Multiple units can be grouped for simultaneous control.

Intuitive Interface
The 970 was designed with knowledge gained from the industry's top engineers and from Sound Devices expertise in field mixers. Recognizing that sounds engineers operate in fast-paced environments, important controls are a knob or a switch away, while extended features are quickly accessed with the intuitive LCD-based control.
Analog Audio:
Inputs: 8 Balanced, line-level inputs on DB-25. Ch1,2 also on XLR
Analog Outputs: Eight Balanced, line-level outputs on DB-25. Ch1,2 also on XLR
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz, -3db@ 65kHz (96k SR)
THD + Noise: 0.004% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22 kHz)
Input and Output Topology: Fully electronically balanced, line-level, RF, ESD, short, and overload protected; pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold
Line Output Clipping Level: +18dBu
Front-panel headphone, 1/4" with gain control
Line Input Clipping Level: +26dBu
Input Impedance: 10k

Digital Audio:
Sampling Rate / Bit Depth: 44.1 kHz, 47.952 kHz, 47.952 kF, 48.048 kHz, 48 kHz, 48.048 kF, 96k (32 tracks), 16-bit and 24-bit
AES/EBU: Eight channels in and out via DB-25, 110 ohm, 2 V p-p
Accepts 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz sample rates with SRC at input.
Accepts 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz sample rates
Dante - 64 channels, 48 kHz input and output
MADI BNC: 1 in, 1 out, 75 ohm
MADI Optical: 1 in, 1 out, multi-mode
MADI Sample rates: 96k, 88.2k, 48k, 44.1k, built-in SRC when Sync Source <> MADI
MADI Channels: 64 or 56, varispeed not supported

File Formats:
16 & 24 bit PCM Brodcast Wave (.WAV) files, monophonic or polyphonic.

Sample/Timecode Accuracy:
± 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours)

Sync Output:
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)

Sync Input:
Analog bi-, tri-level sync / genlock
Wordclock (square wave, 48 kHz sampling rate, 3.3 vp-p, 75 ohm)

Modes Supported: Off, Rec Run, Free Run, 24h Run, External Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND
Accuracy: Ambient generator, 0.5 frame in 24 hr
Time Code Input: 20k ohm impedance, 0.3 V - 3.0 V p-p (-17 dBu - +3 dBu)
Time Code Output: 1k ohm impedance, 3.0V p-p (+12 dBu)

RS422 Machine control
Ethernet Web-based control of setup menu and transport, auto assignment or IP address or manual fixed IP address
GPIO on 3 pins, Phoenix connector
Front-panel USB host. Keyboards without hubs acceptable.

Dual DC power supply 4-pin XLR (pin1 = ground, pin4 = +), 10-27 VDC, 30 watts
PowerSafe™ circuitry with 10 second power reserve with power removed

Dimensions and Weight:
Size (H x W x D): 3.3" x 8.6" x 10.3" (8.4 cm x 21.8 cm x 26.2 cm)
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Operating Temperature: -10C to +40C
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Additional information
For more information about the 970, please visit the website of Sound Devices
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