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The HHB PORTADRIVE combines
pristine 24-bit/96kHz multichannel recording with flexible on-board mixing
facilities in a compact, portable package to provide TV and film sound
mixers with a rugged, 'all in one' solution for professional location
The PORTADRIVE records audio onto a compact, robust, shock
resistant removable 2.5" hard drive in industry standard BWF and PT5
allowing full compatibility with Mac and PC-based digital audio workstations,
connecting via a drive docking station. Over 2 hours of 8-track 24-bit/96kHz
recording, or more than 9 hours of 4-track 24-bit/48kHz is possible on the
supplied hard drive.
A comprehensively equipped 6-into-2 digital mixer is built-in,
enabling the simultaneous recording of a stereo mix alongside 6 discrete inputs.
Microphone inputs are of the highest quality with 6 high-gain, ultra-low noise
balanced XLR Mic/Line inputs with individual phantom powering, 'gangable'
limiters, attenuation, high pass filter, delay and phase reverse. The 2-channel
return input and both the main and auxiliary analog stereo outputs are balanced.
is equally comprehensive with the 6 main inputs selectable to 3 AES pairs the
first input pair being switchable to SPDIF, and one stereo pair of AES or SPDIF
The PORTADRIVE is equipped to read and generate timecode in all
popular international frame rates, and to synchronise to word clock, video sync
and digital inputs. A SCSI interface is provided for data transfer to and from
external storage devices, and both USB and Ethernet ports are included for
control, logging and upgrades. Comprehensive remote control is facilitated via
RS422 and a parallel remote socket, and a keyboard port is also available for
easy logging and labelling.
Consulting a team of experienced location sound recordists during
the development process, special attention has been paid to the handling of the
PORTADRIVE and the easy accessibility of essential facilities in the field.
Central to an intuitive operating interface are large, illuminated top and front
panel mounted LCD screens with wide viewing angles, and 6 multi-function rotary
encoders. Flexible 8 channel metering includes selectable ballistics, clip and
limiting indicators. Headphone monitoring facilities are equally extensive. The
PORTADRIVE also includes a built-in slate microphone and oscillator, input and
output MS decoding and a pre-record buffer. The PORTADRIVE is powered by an
industry standard 50 watt hour Lithium-Ion NP1 battery which can be charged in
the recorder by the supplied universal voltage power supply.
With more than 20 years in the industry, Tim White is one of a
panel of experienced international location sound recordists / mixers assisting
HHB by providing valuable insight from the professional users perspective during
the development of the PORTDRIVE. Already a committed fan of hard disk
recording, Tim's recent involvement in large format films that are shown in
Imax® movie theatres has heightened his requirement for multiple channels and
more sophisticated mixing facilities.
"I need a device that will record 6 tracks with a comprehensive
built in mixer, that is also light enough to be used over the shoulder" says
Tim. "Times have moved on and the use of multiple wireless microphones on
location is now commonplace. 4 channel recorders are already in existence, but
the 6 + 2 channels of the PORTADRIVE is real step forward, particularly with
24-bit/96kHz performance. The ability to interface with analog or digital mixing
consoles, and the facility to plug the HD caddie straight into a Pro Tools
system is also a tremendous advantage."
Speaking for HHB, Managing Director Ian Jones says "Our timecode
equipped PORTADAT portable DAT recorder was a great success and put us in close
contact with the film and TV sound recording community. We've taken a lot of
time and care to understand how their needs have changed before developing the
PORTADRIVE, which we confidently believe will become the new standard for
location sound recording."