Seoul, Korea (June 17, 2010)–Sound Devices is introducing the 1.2 firmware update for its newest 552 Production Mixer, the company’s first mixer to incorporate a fully integrated digital audio recorder.
This new firmware release is available to all 552 users through a free download on the company’s website and includes functional enhancements and important upgrades.
Sound Devices 552 Production Mixer can now incorporate technological advances into the mixer/recorder’s functionality, specifically including a new input mute, which allows users to quickly remove any input from the active output mix. The input’s signal activity LED illuminates solid red when muted.
Another upgrade is that it allows users to ease editing with Final Cut Pro, when no valid time code input is detected, as time code and speed related metadata is nulled. This prevents Final Cut from assigning a time code rate and a possible unintended speed change. The 552 continues to store the time of day value as a start time code stamp in bEXT when no valid time code input is detected.
The latest firmware update also includes split ear return metering, auto-record feature on time code advance and a record-pause function. This new firmware update also enables the slate mic on the 552 to be available during file playback, makes the ‘record time remaining’ announcement visible while still recording, and has added meter ballistics and file metadata capabilities.
These new features and changes are in addition to the new features that were introduced with Sound Devices 552 firmware update 1.1, which initially added the ability to record time code to a track.
“Sound Devices 552 Production Mixer is in high demand and has been quickly incorporated by our customers into production applications ranging from reality television and news magazines to sports and drama,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director for Sound Devices. “To date, the 552 has been Sound Devices most successful product. We have already introduced our second firmware upgrade as a way to keep evolving and upgrading our products to stay ahead of the technology curve.”
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