Sound Devices Scorpio Multitrack Recorder

Sound Devices Scorpio audio recorder

Sound Devices Scorpio 36 track audio recorder

It seems just the other day that I was happily building state of the art 4 channel analogue mixers with no recording facilities at all (well, apart from an unbalanced output for a mini disk recorder, remember them?) and now Sound Devices have gone and made a 32 input job with a 36 track digital recorder built in which you can carry over your shoulder!

With 16 mic/line preamplifiers, 32 channels of Dante in and out, AES in and out, 12 analogue outputs and multiple headphone outputs and a customisable routing matrix I can’t at the moment think of anything it can’t do. If you can, please let me know and I’ll complain to Sound Devices about it J

Oh and it has an internal 256gB SSD and two SD card slots amongst many, many other features.

So that's a brief outline of the new Scorpio multitrack field recorder, I’ll fill in more detail soon but in the meantime here’s a little introductory video from Wisconsin:-

Scorpio Specifications

Freq. Response

10 Hz to 80 kHz ± 0.5 dB (192 kHz sample rate, re 1 kHz)

THD + Noise

0.005% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, trim @20, fader @ 0, -10 dBu in)

Equivalent Input Noise

-131 dBV (-129 dBu) max

(A-weighting, 76 dB gain, 150 ohm source impedance)

Processing Engine

Highly extensible, full FPGA-based audio processing, 3 FPGAs

Six-way ARM multiprocessor system

Dante, 32 channels in, 32 channels out

AES67 compatible


Mic/Line inputs: 16 total, all fully featured;

6 on full-size XLR, 2 on TA3, 8 on TA5

Mic-level inputs: (XLR, TA3, TA5): Class-A,

discrete differential long-tail pair, 4k ohm input impedance

Line-level inputs: (XLR, TA3, TA5): active-balanced,

4k ohm input impedance

AES3 or AES42 available on XLR inputs 1 and 6

AES42: +10 V, 250 mA available, type-1, auto-ASRC

Rtn A, B, C (3.5 mm/10-pin): unbalanced 2-channel,

4k ohm input impedance

Com Rtn 1,2 (TA3, 3.5mm) balanced, 1-channel,

8k ohm input impedance

External Slate Mic (TA5): balanced, 8k ohm input impedance, menu-selectable 12 V phantom

Maximum Input Level

Mic: +8 dBu (2.0 Vrms)

Line: +28 dBu (19.5 Vrms)

Rtn A, B, C: +18 dBu (6.2 Vrms)

Com Rtn 1, 2: +24 dBu (12.3 Vrms)

High-Pass Filters

Adjustable 40 Hz to 320 Hz, 18 dB/oct. 1st stage analogue

(before preamp), 2nd stage digital

Limiters available at all channels, buses, headphones, for all sample rates

Attack time: 1 ms

Release time: adjustable, 50 ms to 1000 ms

Threshold: adjustable, -2 dBFS to -12 dBFS

Selectable knee: hard or soft

Selectable ratio: inf:1, 20:1


Channel Adjustable 0-50 ms

Output Adjustable 0-500 ms

Maximum Gain

Trim stage (mic input): 76 dB

Trim stage (line input): 36 dB

Fader stage: 16 dB

Bus stage: 16 dB

Headphone stage: 20 dB

Mic-to-Line: 108 dB

Mic-to-Headphone: 112 dB


XLR (L, R) active-balanced, 250/3.2k/120 ohms (mic/-10/line)

Hirose 10-pin (L, R) active-balanced, 250/3.2k/120 ohms (mic/-10/line)

TA3 (X1-X6) active-balanced, 250/3.2k/120 ohms (mic/-10/line)

3.5mm (X7, X8): unbalanced, stereo, 1.8k ohms

Headphone Outputs

¼”, 3.5 mm

TA5 (along with mic input pins) for single connection to headset + mic

High output, 4 ohm output impedance, 400 mW + 400 mW at each connector, all individually driven

Compatible with headphones of any impedance

Maximum Output Level into 10k load

Line: +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)

“-10”: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)

Mic: -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)

X7/X8 Out: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)

Headphone outputs (¼”, TA-5, X9/X10): +14 dBu (4.0 Vrms)

A/D converters

32-bit, 120 dB, A-weighted dynamic range typical

Sampling rates 44.1 kHz, 47.952 kHz, 48 kHz, 48.048 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz

Digital Outputs

AES3 transformer-balanced, in pairs; 1-2 (XLR-L), 3-4 (XLR-R), 5-8 (Hirose 10-pin A)

110 ohm, 2 V p-p, AES and S/PDIF compatible


Internal 256 GB SSD + two removable SD cards with simultaneous recording

36 tracks (32 iso channels, 4 buses)

Broadcast WAV monophonic and polyphonic file format

64-bit WAV (RF64) monophonic and polyphonic; support for files > 4 GB

USB-C (USB 3.1 type 1) for file transfer of internal SSD, both SD Cards

USB-A host for keyboard, external controller, external USB hubs supported for connecting multiple devices


Built-in Bluetooth v5.0 BLE (not supported with rev 1.0 release of SD-Remote)

Timecode and Sync

Modes Supported: Off, Rec Run, Free Run, 24h Run, External,

including External Auto-Record and Continuous modes.

Frame Rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 DF, 29.97 ND, 30 DF, 30 ND

Sample/Timecode Accuracy: 0.1 ppm (0.25 frames per 24 hours)

Word Clock Input: 10k/75 ohm selectable impedance,

1-5 V p-p input sensitivity

Word Clock Output: 75 ohm impedance, 5 V p-p output, at SR

Remote Control

USB MIDI Control - 3rd party fader controllers

SD-Remote Android app

USB Keyboard

External Timecode Record Trigger


320x240, Transflective, excellent sunlight visibility

Larger touchscreen display available via USB-connected SD-Remote app


External: dual 10-18 V inputs on locking TA4 connectors, pin-4 = (+), pin-1 = (-)

Dual rear-mount Sony-style L-mount batteries with chargers

Idle Current Draw: 875 mA @ 12 V (10.5 W)

Intelligent power-down of unused mic preamps and other internal circuits


Operating: -20° C to 60° C, 0 to 90% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Storage: -40° C to 85° C


(H x W x D)

5.1 cm x 32 cm x 20.5 cm ( 2 in x 12.6 in x 8.1 in)


5.8 lbs (2.63 kg) unpackaged, without batteries

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£9,234.00 £7,695.00ex.VAT
Product Code: SOUSCORPIO
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