Sound Devices Offers an Inside Look Into New PIX Line

Sound Devices is providing customers an exclusive first look at its newest line of products in Booth C2946 at the NAB Show. For the first time in company history, Sound Devices will soon bring its recording technology to video with the introduction of two models of PIX recorders, PIX 220 and PIX 240.

“Continuing Sound Devices’ heritage in field production, we’ve introduced high-performance video along with high-performance audio with our new PIX recorders,” said Director of Engineering Matt Anderson.

The new PIX 220 and PIX 240 can be connected to cameras with HDMI and can record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or, optionally, Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in postproduction, simplifying and speeding workflow. The PIX 240 adds even more flexibility, with its HD-SDI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs.

Audio circuitry on the two models is based on Sound Devices’ 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line-switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters, and phantom power.

PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit timecode generator/reader with genlock output for multicamera and double-system sound applications. The source timecode can be derived from the HD-SDI stream, an external source, or the built-in generator. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA storage volumes.

Both PIX 220 and PIX 240 include 5-in., 800×480-pixel LCD displays. This display is essential in the field and gives immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering, and setup-menu selections. A side-panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons provide quick access to setup options while the large, illuminated, tactile record controls give instant confirmation of recording status.

PIX recorders are built with a metalized, molded carbon-fiber chassis and are powered by external 10-18 VDC or two removable Sony L-battery-mount batteries.

For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.