Sound Devices Introduces CL-12 Linear Fader Controller

Accessory Expands Capability of 6-Series Mixer/Recorder Line
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Accessory Expands Capability of 6-Series Mixer/Recorder Line
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Sound Devices unveils the new CL-12 Linear Fader Controller, an optional accessory that significantly expands the mixing capability of the 6-Series mixer/recorder line, at IBC 2015 (Hall 8, Stand B59).The CL-12 features 12 100 mm linear faders ideal for live mixing of multiple audio signals. The CL-12 comes in two models: the standard CL-12 and the CL-12 Alaia™ (pronounced “ah-LIE-ah”). The CL-12 Alaias’ differentiating features include smooth-gliding Penny & Giles faders, as well as custom hardwood side panels offered in either Curly Maple or Mahogany, handmade by Wisconsin-based Amish craftsmen.

“These linear fader controllers meet a growing demand from production professionals working in cart-based setups, or those who must make quick transitions between cart and over-the-shoulder applications,” says Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management and Design, Sound Devices. “The CL-12 extends the mixing capabilities of the already powerful 688. A single USB cable provides both control and power, further accommodating today’s fast-paced production landscape.”

The CL-12 will be compatible with the 688 Mixer/Recorder upon shipping, and future support for both the 664 and 633 products will follow. The CL-12 Alaia is named after the historic, hand-carved wooden surfboards ridden globally pre-20th century, with a recent resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s. The finless longboards were renowned for their flawless design, durability, and longevity.

With the CL-12, the 688 gains sunlight-viewable LED metering, as well as numerous dedicated buttons for quick access to key functionality, such as fast-track arming, naming routing, and transport controls. It features a 3-band parametric equalizer for each of the 12 inputs, and the ability to monitor audio directly from the CL-12’s headphone port. Additional shortcut controls include those for metadata entry, COMs, and SuperSlot™ wireless receiver monitoring.

The CL-12 also includes ports for a USB keyboard connection for efficient metadata entry, remote control via 3rd party applications (Ambient Beetle Bluetooth dongle, Timecode Systems’ :wave metadata hub), and for powering an optional USB lamp.

The CL-12 is scheduled to ship late October 2015.

Founded in 1998, Sound Devices, LLC, designs Sound Devices audio products and Video Devices video products. Sound Devices offers portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, newsgathering, live event, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices offers digital video recorders, monitors and related products, which address a range of video productions, including fast-paced studio applications, live sports and events, as well as mobile, TV, film and documentary productions.

The Sound Devices, LLC headquarters is located in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Additional offices are located in Madison, WI, Chicago, and Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and/or Video Devices websites: and