302 User Guide and Technical Information

302 User Guide and Technical Information


Compact Production Mixer

User Guide and Technical Information

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Table of Contents

Quick Start Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Powering the 302


Setting Output Gain Structure

Setting Input Levels


Front Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Input Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5






Output Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Mic/Line Level Selection

Gain (Trim)

Channel Fader

Phantom and T- Microphone Powering

High-Pass Filters

Pan Switches

Input Limiters 9


Peak LED








Polarity Reverse - Input 2

Stereo Linking of Inputs 1 and 2



Inputs 4 & 5 10

Outputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

XLR Outputs 11

XLR Output Level

Tape Out (Mix Output)



Output Limiters 12

Headphone Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

HP Monitor Selection

Headphone Level and Overload LED



Tone Oscillator/Slate Microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Tone Oscillator

Slate Microphone



The Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15





IRT Scale Compliance


Ballistics Lock

Illumination Intensity





Mixer Linking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Powering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Power Switch and LED

Internal Batteries

External DC Sources




Power Metering

Power Consumption



The Setup Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Entering the Setup Menu 19

Output Limiter Adjustment 20

Advanced Gain Structure and Interconnection . . 21

Full Scale Tone 21

Setup Menu (v 3.6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Specifi cations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

CE Declaration of Conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Warranty and Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Warranty 27

FCC Statement 27


The 302 is the essential portable mixer for production companies and camera operators wanting to take control of their audio. The 302 is stunning in size, fl exibility, control and performance; it is the most compact and cost-effective battery-powered professional audio mixer in its class.

With important features to accommodate nearly any over-the-shoulder production, the 302 can interface with any professional microphone, wireless system, or camera/recorder input. Its microphone inputs share the same superb circuitry of all Sound Devices fi eld production tools.

With many of the controls of Sound Devices fl agship 442 mixer, the 302 has a complete feature-set in a compact, functional design. All controls are accessible on its three main surfaces. Its high-effi ciency power circuitry runs the mixer from either three internal AA batteries or external 5–18 VDC.

The 302 is part of Sound Devices family of fi eld production audio tools, which includes mixers, preamplifi ers, computer interfaces, recorders, and their accessories.

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Quick Start Checklist

Proper setup of sound sources and input devices is quick and easy with the 302. Follow the steps outlined below for basic interconnection.

Powering the 302

1. Insert three AA-batteries with + side fi rst into the mixer battery tube.

2. Slide the power switch to the INT position to power the 302. The power LED will illuminate solid green with good batteries.


1. Connect the XLR output connectors of the 302 to the destination recorder, camera, or other input.

2. Connect microphones, wireless receivers, or other signal sources to the XLR input connectors.

3. Switch phantom or T-power on, as need by microphone sources.

Setting Output Gain Structure

1. Determine the required input level of the destination source. If a line level connection is required, no further output level adjustment is needed on the 302. If the input level of the receiving device requires less than line level, such as microphone or a –10 dBu level, adjust the master output level accordingly in the Setup Menu (

see Output Level Control


2. Turn on the 302’s tone oscillator. Adjust the input sensitivity on the destination device so that the 302 output is at an average level with suffi cient headroom to accommodate signal peaks.

For many digital cameras and recorders, this is often a range between –20 and –12 dBFS as read on the recorder or camera’s peak meter. With analog devices, it is typical to set input sensitivities so that tone is near 0 VU.

Setting Input Levels

1. Select the input type, mic or line, for each input channel.

2. Set the channel fader to the unity gain position (0 dB).

3. Attenuate the input gain control (push-up trim) while talk-testing inputs so that signal indicates on both the 302’s level meter and the receiving recorder/camera level meter.


1. Connect headphones to the headphone connector located on the input panel.

2. Set the headphone source to ST to monitor stereo program. Raise the headphone volume level to the desired level.

The 302 headphone output is capable of producing ear-damaging levels. Turn down levels before switching headphone sources.

3. Monitor individual sources by moving the headphone selection switch to the 1, 2, or 3 positions.


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Front Panel Descriptions

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1. Fader

Primary control for adjusting the input level during operation.

When illuminated, indicates that the channel level is approaching the clipping point.

3. Limiter LED

When illuminated, indicates that the channel limiter is active and is reducing the channel gain to prevent overload.

Coarse input gain control. Sets the initial input sensitivity level so that the Fader can be used for fi ne gain adjustments.

5. Polarity Reverse Switch – Input 2

When engaged, the polarity of Input 2 is reverse (180° out-of-phase) with respect to inputs 1 and 3. Useful to fl ip the stereo image with MS stereo.

Activates both input and output limiters. ON is dual-mono limiter operation, LINK is stereo operation.

Output limiter threshold is set in the

Setup Menu.

Sunlight-viewable, 20-segment LED meter. Calibrated in dBu when peakreading.

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8. Slate Mic/Tone Switch

Two-position switch ,activates the slate microphone in the left (momentary) position, or the tone oscillator in the right (latched) position. Additional options are available in the Setup Menu.

Assigns the input channel to the output bus. Left-only, Center (equal left and right), or Right-only.

10. High-Pass Filter (Low Cut)

Three-position switch engages the highpass fi lter. Used to reduce excessive low frequencies. 12 dB per octave at 80 Hz or

160 Hz. Center position is off.

11. Stereo Link LED (Inputs 1 & 2)

Indicates that inputs 1 and 2 are linked as a stereo pair. Controlled in the Setup

Menu. In L/R stereo link input 2 Fader controls overall stereo level. When in

MS position input 1 Gain (Trim) controls

Mid, input 2 Gain (Trim) controls the amount of stereo (Side) information and the input 2 Fader controls the overall MS stereo level.

12. Meter Brightness

Controls the brightness of the LED output meter. Each push selects among the four brightness levels.

13. Meter Ballistics

Toggles among the available meter ballistic options: VU-only, peak-only, combo peak/VU, peak-hold/VU.

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14. Headphone Selector Switch

Sets the signal source sent to headphones. Options include: input PFL

1, 2, 3; left output bus; right output bus;

Mono (summed left and right); STereo master; RTN - stereo monitor return;

MS-mono; MS-stereo; RTN-MS.

15. Headphone Volume

Adjusts the overall volume of the headphones. NOTE: the headphone output is capable of ear-damaging levels. Take care when adjusting among signal sources.

16. Headphone LED

Indicates signal overload in the headphone and RTN circuits.

Input Panel Descriptions

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17. Battery Check Button

Press and hold to display the internal and external battery levels on the output meter. Battery level remains for two seconds after button release

18. Power Switch/LED

Three-position switch, selects between internal battery power or external DC sources, middle position is off. Power

LED illuminates when power is on. LED fl ashes when voltage reaches low limit.

See Powering.

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1. XLR

Transformer-balanced channel inputs.

Pin-1 = ground; pin-2 = ‘hot’; pin-3 =

‘cold’. Can be unbalanced by grounding pin-3 to pin-1 of the XLR connector.

2. Mic/Line Channel Switch

Selects the input level of the adjacent connector. Mic level has 40 dB more gain than line level.

Selects the microphone powering type of the adjacent input. DYN position turns off all microphone powering. Mic powering is selected per input. NOTE:

Use T-Powering only for T-Powered microphones.

Selects between 48 V or 12 V phantom voltage for all input channels. The threeposition switch uses two positions for 12

V, there is no difference between these positions.

3.5 mm TRS stereo headphone output.

Can drive headphones from 8 to 2000 ohms to required monitoring levels.


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Output Panel Descriptions




1. XLR Master Outputs

Active-balanced outputs. Pin-1 = ground; pin-2 = ‘hot’; pin 3 = ‘cold’. Can be unbalanced by using pin-2 for signal and pin-1 for ground.

Holds three-AA batteries for internal powering. Accepts alkaline, lithium, or

NiHM rechargeable cells.

3. Return (Channel 4/5) Level Control

Adjusts the gain of the return feed to balance program and monitor signals in headphones.

4. Return (Channel 4/5) Input

Unbalanced stereo 3.5-mm input connector for return monitor audio. 3.5mm wired tip = left, ring = right, sleeve

= ground. Connection used for inputs 4

& 5 when selected in Setup Menu.

An input to the master bus designed exclusively to link the Tape Out/ Mix

Out of 302, 442, MixPre, or MP-2 to the 302 for additional inputs. Pin-1 = ground, pin-2 = left, pin-3 = right. Shell of TA3 connector must be grounded to pin-1 to open connection.


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6. Channel 4/5 Activation LED

When illuminated, indicates that the return connector is now set as input 4 and 5 in the Setup Menu.

7. Output Attenuation LED

When illuminated, indicates that the

XLR output connectors are set for a level other than the factory default line level.

See Setup Menu to set XLR output levels .

8. Tape Out / Mix Out

Unbalanced stereo output on TA3-type connector. Same program as master output. Pin-1 = ground, pin-2 = left, pin-

3 = right. Also used to link to the Mix In of a 442 or 302.

Accepts DC voltages from 5–18 VDC for mixer powering. Hirose 4-pin connector wired pin-1 negative (–), pin-4 positive

(+). Ext DC is completely isolated

(fl oating) from the rest of the circuitry.

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The 302’s inputs consist of three, full-featured microphone preamplifi ers. Each input has a wide gain range to accommodate nearly all signal types. The 302 easily accepts signals from low-sensitivity ribbon and dynamic microphones, medium-level wireless and condenser mic outputs, and “hot” line-level signals.

The XLR inputs of the 302 are transformer-balanced. The isolation characteristics of transformers are superior to other balancing techniques and are ideal for the hostile and uncontrolled environments of fi eld production. Transformers provide galvanic isolation from the driving source, meaning there is no direct electrical connection. Signals are “transformed” magnetically. The input transformers in the 302 use premium magnetic core material to achieve high signal handling capability (especially at low frequencies) while keeping distortion to a minimum. Because of their inherently high common mode impedance, transformers are unrivaled by any other type of input for common-mode noise rejection.

The inputs of the 302 can be used as balanced or unbalanced. When unbalancing, ground pin-3 to pin-1 of the XLR connector. There is no change in gain between unbalanced and balanced connections into the 302.

Mic/Line Level Selection

Selects the general input level for each input channel. Switch between Mic/Line levels using the switch adjacent to the respective XLR input. Taking into account all gain stages, the 302 has 75 dB of available gain from mic input to line output. When inputs are set to the LINE position, the input sensitivity is reduced by 40 dB.

Gain (Trim)

Like traditional mixing consoles, the 302’s input sensitivity is set with the Gain (trim) potentiometer. With the Fader set to unity gain (0 dB or 12 o’clock), make the appropriate adjustments with the Gain (trim) pot. Make coarse gain adjustments with the Gain (trim) pot during setup. Once the gain is set to the desired level, recess the Gain (trim) pot to hide it from the 302’s mixing surface.

Channel Fader

The Channel Fader is the primary level control used during mixing operation. Use the Fader to make fi ne level adjustments during operation. The fader can be attenuated from off (full counter-clockwise position) to +15 dB above the set Gain (Trim) level (full clockwise position).


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Phantom and T- Microphone Powering

This switch selects the type of power that will be applied to the adjacent input XLR. The

302 provides both Phantom and T-power on each channel respectively. If neither Phantom or T-power are required, with dynamic microphones for instance, it is good practice to turn off microphone powering (DYN position).

Phantom Power

Phantom powering is a fi xed DC voltage between 12 and 48 volts. This voltage is resistively applied to pin-2 and pin-3 of an XLR connector relative to pin-1. There is no voltage difference between the signal pins-2 and -3. Dynamic microphones will operate as normal when phantom power is applied to them.

The 302 can provide up to 10 mA to each input at 48 V, suffi cient for the most power-hungry condenser microphones. Many phantom powered microphones do not require 48 V and can be properly powered with 12 V. When acceptable, use 12 V phantom to extend the 302’s battery life.

The phantom voltage level can be set to either 12 V or 48 V and is applied across all inputs where phantom power is selected.


T-powering is a microphone powering scheme used by several European condenser microphone manufacturers. Today, T-powered microphones are not as common as phantom powered microphones, but many are still in regular use. Unlike phantom power, T-power resistively applies

12 V between the signal pins -2 and -3. The 302 provides positive T-power, on the three-pin XLR connector pin-2 has +12 volts relative to pin-3. T-power can be selected for each input.

When using “red dot” T-powered microphones (reverse polarity T-power) use a polarity-reversing adapter on the input, otherwise damage to the microphone may occur.

Phantom and T-powering are not interchangeable. Use T-powering only for T-powered microphones.

The DYN (dynamic) position does not apply any voltage to the microphone input. It is generally good practice to select the DYN position when microphone power is not required. Phantom power can capacitively couple noise into the mic inputs with poor mic cables. Do not apply phantom power when using ribbon microphones, improperly wired cables can permanently damage the microphone.

High-Pass Filters

Each channel of the 302 has a two-position high-pass fi lter. High-pass (or low-cut/low roll-off) fi lters are useful for removing excess low frequency energy in audio signals. Wind noise is a common unwanted low frequency signal and a high-pass fi lter is effective for reducing wind noise.

For most audio applications engaging the high-pass fi lter is benefi cial, since little usable audio information exists below 80 Hz, especially for speech reproduction.

The 302’s high-pass fi lters feature a 12 dB/octave slope with either 80 Hz or 160 Hz corner (-3 dB) frequencies. The 160 Hz settings is used when aggressive fi ltering is required. The 302’s high-pass circuit is unique because of its placement before any electronic amplifi cation. Most mixer’s highpass circuits are placed after the mic preamp, where all of the high-energy low-frequency signals get amplifi ed. Because the 302’s circuit cuts low-frequency signals before amplifying, higher headroom is achieved in presence of signals with a lot of low-frequency energy.

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When possible, attempt to equalize at the sound source with microphone selection, use of windscreens, microphone placement, and on-board microphone fi ltering. Many microphones have on-board high pass fi lters, and the high-pass fi lters on the 302 can be used in conjunction with the microphone’s fi lters to increase the fi lter’s slope.

The high-pass fi lter is defeated when the switch is in the center position.

Pan Switches

The pan switches assign inputs to the output buses. Inputs can be sent to the left, right, or both outputs equally. The 302 features excellent “off-attenuation” in the left and right positions. With the use of the pan switches, separate mixes can be sent to the left and right outputs.

For example, a summed mono mix of all three inputs can be sent to the right output while an isolated mix of only one input can be sent to the left output.

Input Limiters

The 302 Input Limiters act solely as “safety” limiters. Enabling the Output Limiters with the “LIM” switch, located on the front panel, will also enable the Input Limiters.

See Setup Menu to defeat the

Channel Limiters entirely


In normal operation, with a properly set gain structure, the threshold of the Input Limiter will not be reached. In the event of extremely high input signal levels, such as in high SPL environments, the

Input Limiter(s) will activate to prevent the input signal from clipping. Without the Input Limiters, high signal conditions can overload the channel causing distortion.

Sound Devices recommends that the Input Limiters be engaged at all times. Input Limiters do not effect audio below the set threshold (just below clipping) in any way. There is no user-selectable adjustments to the Input Limiter’s threshold or its envelope.When Input Channels 1 and 2 are linked as a stereo pair, the Input Limiters also are linked and perform the same gain reduction equally across the channels.


Each channel has an orange limiter LED which illuminates in proportion to the amount of limiting. If the channel limiter LED illuminates substantially, reduce the amount of gain applied to the channel by turning down the Gain (trim) pot.

Peak LED

Each channel has its own red Peak LED to indicate that the signal is 3 dB below the clipping level of the respective channel. If the red Peak LED illuminates often, reduce the amount of gain applied to the respective channel by turning down the Gain (trim) pot.

Polarity Reverse - Input 2

Engaging the Polarity Reverse Switch inverts the polarity of Channel 2. Polarity reversal is often used to quickly reverse the stereo fi eld in MS recording. The normal position is OFF, with polarity reversal occurring when the switch is in the position.

Be advised that an audible pop occurs when the polarity switch changes states.


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Stereo Linking of Inputs 1 and 2

Stereo linking allows Inputs 1 and 2 to be controlled as a single, stereo input. This is useful when stereo microphones or stereo line level signals are used with the 302. Stereo linking allows the user to control the overall signal of both inputs with a single fader.

There are two modes of operation for stereo linking, X/Y link and MS stereo. Stereo linking is activated in the Setup Menu.

X/Y Stereo Link

Inputs 1 and 2 can be linked as a stereo pair to simplify control when using stereo microphones.

X/Y stereo linking is set in the Setup Menu. When in X/Y stereo link operation, Inputs 1 and 2

Pan switches continue to control the signal routing for each respective channel. Channel 2’s Fader controls the overall level of the stereo pair. Input 1 and 2’s Gain (trim) pots and High-Pass Filters continue to act independently of each other. When linked, Channel 1 and 2’s Input Limiters are also linked.

MS Stereo Linking

When MS stereo linking is selected in the Setup Menu, Inputs 1 and 2 are linked as an MS (Mid-

Side) stereo pair. MS is a popular stereo confi guration because of its good spatial placement, monocompatibility, and surround compatibility.

The 302’s MS matrix uses Input 1 for the Mid signal and Input 2 for the Side signal. Input 2’s Fader controls the overall gain of the MS stereo pair. Input 1’s Fader and both Input 1 and 2’s Pan switches are disabled. Input 1 and 2’s Gain (trim) pots and High-Pass Filters continue to act independently of each other. The Gain control for Inputs 1 and 2 are used to vary the Mid and Side levels respectively.

Using the Input 2 Gain is an effective way to control the stereo spread.

Inputs 4 & 5

When additional inputs are needed, such as when multiple wireless receivers are used, the Return connector can be assigned to act as the input connector for Channels 4 and 5. This functionality is set in the Setup Menu.

See Setup Menu


Several options are available for Inputs 4 and 5. Either or both of the inputs can be sent to the left, right, or left and right output bus. Control the input sensitivity of Inputs 4 and 5 with the RTN L

(CH4*) and RTN R (CH5*) Trim controls adjacent to the RTN (Input 4/5*) 3.5-mm Female connector.

The RTN (Input 4 and 5) Input is an unbalanced stereo input that is suitable for tape or line level devices only. There are no microphone preamps on Inputs 4 and 5.

To indicate that the Return connector is now used for Inputs 4 and 5, the 4/5 Channel Enabled LED

(on the output panel) illuminates.

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The 302 is a two-bus mixer. Each input can be “hard panned” between the left and right output bus making it easy to use the 302 in either stereo or dual-mono operations. Because dialog is often recorded in mono, each output connector can be used to feed a separate camera or recorder. The

302’s Master XLR Outputs and Tape Outputs share the same program content.

There is no master level control on the 302. The master is factory-set to unity gain, or “0” dB.

XLR Outputs

The two XLR outputs are active-balanced connections, each capable of driving long lines. These connections can be used as either balanced or unbalanced. When unbalancing, use pin-2 for (+) and pin-1 for ground; fl oat (leave open) pin-3.

XLR Output Level

The XLR Output Level is adjusted in the Setup Menu (there is no external Mic/Line level switch).


Setup Menu for details

. From the factory, the 302 is set for Line Level outputs. The Output Attenuation

LED, adjacent to the XLR Outputs, indicates if the XLR Outputs are set to any level other than Line


If the Output Attenuation

LED is illuminated, the XLR

Output Level is set to below

Line Level

Line-Level or Mic-Level (or somewhere in between)

The XLR Output Level can be attenuated anywhere from a Line level signal to low Mic level signal.

See Setup Menu for adjustment.

Both the Left and Right XLR Outputs are adjusted simultaneously, the

Left and Right Outputs cannot be attenuated independently.

Attenuation is set from 0 to 16 dB in 2 dB increments, and 40 to 56 dB in 2 dB increments. The common attenuation levels of -10 dB (Aux level), -40 dB (hot Mic-level), and -56 dB (low Mic-level) are available.

When attenuating the XLR Output level in the Setup Menu, determine how much attenuation is applied by adding the values shown by the solidly lit LEDs. For example, to set 40 dB of attenuation the values of -30 (right meter) and -10 (left meter) should be illuminated.

Output levels should be set according to the input level of the receiving device (camera, recorder, transmitter, etc.). This unique control is ideal because the gain structure of the 302 can be set precisely for any given piece of equipment.

To attenuate the XLR Outputs from Line to Mic level:

1. Turn off the mixer, if already on.

2. Press and hold the Peak/VU selection button while switching power on. Continue to hold down the PK/VU button until the -30 LED on the left meter begins to fl ash.

3. The Setup Menu is now entered. The XLR Output Attenuation is the fi rst Setup Menu option indicated by the fl ashing -30 LED on the left meter. The solidly lit 0 LEDs indicate that the mixer is currently set to Line level (0 dB).

4. Use the Brightness (down) button to apply attenuation. Successively press the down button until the -30 LED on the right meter and the -10 LED on the left meter are illuminated.


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5. Step through all Setup Menu options by pressing the PK/VU button until the meters


The setting is now saved and the Output Attenuation LED should now be lit.

Tape Out (Mix Output)

The Tape Output is typically used to interface with consumer inputs such as MiniDisc, DAT, and compact cassette recorders. The 302 has an unbalanced, two-channel tape level output on a single, locking Switchcraft TA3M-type connector.

The Tape Output program is identical to the XLR Output. Tape Out level is fi xed at a -15 dBu nominal level and is electrically isolated from the XLR Outputs. Additionally, the Tape Output functions as the Mix Out to link multiple Sound Devices mixers.

See Mixer Linking


Output Limiters

In addition to the limiters on each input channel, the 302 has a software-controlled

Output Limiter. Output Limiters are used to prevent overloading of recorders, cameras, and wireless transmitters connected to the 302. The Output Limiters on the 302 use an optoisolator-based peak limiting circuit. The Output Limiter threshold is set in the Setup Menu. The

Output Limiter can be set in one of two positions, Link or LIM.

Link (Stereo Operation)

When set in the link position, the Output Limiters act identically on each (left/right) output bus. If one output causes the limiter to engage, the other bus will follow suit. This is useful when using the

302 in stereo-operation, output limiters will not affect the stereo image.

LIM (Dual-Mono)

When using each output bus separately the output limiter should be set to the ON position. This position engages each Output Limiter separately. They will act on each respective output bus independently of each other.

While all dynamics processing “distorts” the audio signal, overloading a circuit is usually far more objectionable. For most applications the limiters are a signifi cant benefi t and should be enabled.

Headphone Monitoring

The 302 has a fl exible headphone circuit capable of selecting a variety of audio signals for headphone monitoring. Most professional headphones ranging in impedance from 8 ohms to 1000 ohms can be used with the 302.

The 302 headphone output is capable of producing ear-damaging levels. Turn down levels before switching headphone sources.

The Headphone Level Control adjusts the overall volume sent to the headphones. The level control adjusts both the left and right headphone outputs simultaneously.

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HP Monitor Selection

Several signal sources can sent to the headphones. The front panel rotary switch selects the signal.

HP Sources

(PFL) 1

(PFL) 2

(PFL) 3










PFL solo monitoring of the Channel 1 input signal. The channel is monitored in dual-mono. Pre-Fader, post-

Limiter, and post-High-Pass. Useful for setting the channel gain.

PFL solo monitoring of the Channel 2 input signal. The channel is monitored in dual-mono. Pre-Fader, post-

Limiter, and post-High-Pass. Useful for setting the channel gain.

PFL solo monitoring of the Channel 3 input signal. The channel is monitored in dual-mono. Pre-Fader, post-

Limiter, and post-High-Pass. Useful for setting the channel gain.

Left output bus, monitored in dual-mono.

Right output bus, monitored dual-mono.

Summed mono of the left and right output bus.

Stereo monitoring of the master output bus. This is the primary monitoring path.

Stereo return from the RTN monitor input path.

Monitoring of the mono signal of an MS stereo signal.

Monitoring of discrete MS signals in the headphones as a decoded stereo signal.

Monitoring of discrete MS return signal in the headphones as decoded stereo signal.

Headphone Level and Overload LED

The Headphone Level controls the overall headphone level sent to the headphones. The adjacent

LED indicates that the headphone circuit is overloading. The LED will also illuminate with an overloaded RTN signal.

Return Monitoring

Return input connector

Adjusts return input level

Indicated by the RTN positions on the rotary switch, audio sources connected to the mixers 3.5-mm jack labeled RTN can be monitored in headphones. Return, or “confi dence monitoring,” is useful to monitor audio from a camera or recorder. Typically, a camera’s headphone output is used as the

Return Monitor source. Return levels are controlled by the heaphone level, while the return level sensitivity can be adjusted with the RTN L and RTN R Trim controls.


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Tone Oscillator/Slate Microphone

A single 3-position switch controls the Tone Oscillator and Slate Microphone. The Tone/Slate switch is located in the upper right corner of the front panel. The switch is protected from inadvertent engagement by the end panel. When the Tone Oscillator is engaged the inputs are muted.

Tone Oscillator

Tone is used to set gain levels between the 302 and the next device in the signal path. The Tone

Oscillator uses the latch position of the switch. Switch positions can be reassigned in the Setup


From the factory, the Tone Oscillator is set to output a 1 kHz tone at 0 dBu to the outputs (when the outputs are set to Line level). If you are interconnecting primarily with analog video cameras, you may want to modify to the tone output level to +4 dBu in the Setup Menu. In the Setup Menu, the

Tone frequency and Output level can be adjusted, and tone can be defeated altogether.

When engaged, the 302’s Tone Oscillator attenuates the headphone output by 20 dB to protect the operator’s ears. This feature can be defeated in the Setup Menu.

Left/Right Verifi cation

Pressing the Battery Check button when the tone oscillator is active sets the left output level to cycle between 0 and -20 dB. This is helpful to verify proper left and right channel connection. Turning off the tone oscillator or pressing the Battery Check button again stops the output cycling.

Slate Microphone

The Slate Microphone is used to audibly notate scenes at the mixer location. Its audio performance is not suitable for critical recording applications; it should only be used for documenting scenes to tape. At factory default, the slate mic uses the momentary switch position.

In the Setup Menu, a one second 400 Hz tone can be set to precede the Slate Microphone. The Slate

Microphone signal is sent to all outputs. In the Setup Menu, the Slate Microphone can be disabled altogether to prevent unintentional activation. Additionally, the switch assignments of Slate and

Tone can be reversed for user convenience.

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The Meter

The 302’s meter provides a great deal of audio signal information to the operator. The ability to view multiple ballistics, peak levels (PPM), average levels (VU), or a combination of both, is unique to Sound Devices LED-based meters. The 302 meters do not share the inherent limitations of LCD and mechanical meters. LCD-based meters can have sluggish indications in cold temperature.

Mechanical meters can be fragile and not ideal for fi eld use.

The 302 meters share the same technology and software programmability used in Sound Devices larger 442 fi eld mixers and on the 7-Series digital recorders.


The meter can display levels of the output buses, the PFL levels, or RTN Input levels. Default operation is always the output bus except when PFL’s are selected from the Headphone Selection

Switch. This operation can be modifi ed in the Setup Menu.

Press to cycle through available meter ballistics selections

Press to change

LED brightness


When viewing peak information on the meter, its scale is calibrated in peak-reading dBu. When viewing VU (Volume Units) information, its scale corresponds to VU units.

Unlike other analog mixers, the 302 is calibrated with its 0 VU reference at 0 dBu, not +4 dBu. If you primarily interconnect with analog video cameras, you may want to change the 0 VU reference to +4 dBu in the Setup Menu.

The 302’s scale is designed for digital recording devices, providing maximum information between

-30 dBu to 0 dBu which is where typical peaks occur (-50 to -20 dBFS). This allows the user to record with a full 12 to 20 dB of headroom while in the fi ne-resolution green-colored part of the meter.

Additionally, the meter color changes to orange at 0 dBu and red at +8 dBu. These color changes correspond to -20 dBFS and -12 dBFS respectively, which are commonly used recording levels for today’s digital recording devices.

IRT Scale Compliance

The 302 meter scale can be shifted to comply with the German IRT specifi cations. Setup Menu item

-8 controls the adjustment to shift the meter scale. See http://www.irt.de/ for more information.


Meter Ballistics refers to way the LED Meter visually displays the behavior of an audio signal.

Pressing the PK/VU button on the 302’s front pane will instantly display the next ballistic setting. At

Factory Default, the ballistics are displayed in this order VU, Peak, Peak-Hold and VU combination, and Peak and VU combination. The selection and order of the various ballistics can be altered in the

Setup Menu.

See Setup Menu for more details.


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An important setting used to display the absolute peak signal level to prevent overload of downstream devices. Peak-only is commonly used in Europe, but is being replaced by the PPM/VU combination metering.


Calibrated to display the average loudness of audio signals. This setting is useful when connecting to analog recorders or in combination with peak readings. VU meters are too slow to be used as the sole metering source when interconnected to digital devices. At Factory Default, the 302 has its 0 VU reference level at 0 dBu. The meter reference level can be altered in the Setup Menu.

See Setup Menu for more details.

Peak and VU combination

This setting is very informative as it simultaneously displays the absolute peak level and the average loudness of an audio signal.

Peak-Hold and VU

Identical to the Peak and VU combination setting with the exception that the peak level is held for

1500 ms. Peak-Hold is useful in applications when an overload condition is unacceptable or when program material must not exceed a prescribed threshold. This allows for easy viewing of peak values that could otherwise go unnoticed.

Ballistics Lock

The ballistics setting can be locked to prevent unintended changes. While pressing down the

Brightness button, press the Battery Check button to lock or unlock the ballistics. There is no indication that the ballistics are locked.

Illumination Intensity

The Output Meter can be set for comfortable viewing in all lighting conditions. There are four levels of brightness intensities available on the 302. Select the intensity level best suited for the current environment. To toggle through the available intensities, press the Brightness button on the 302’s front panel.

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Mixer Linking


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Link two 302 mixers together for higher input channel counts by connecting the Tape Out/Mix

Out of 302A to the Mix In of 302B.

The Stereo Output program of 302A is sent directly to the

Stereo Output program of 302B.

To add inputs to the 302, an additional mixer can be connected (linked) into its Mix In connection.

The unbalanced Mix In connection is directly compatible with Sound Devices MixPre, 302, and 442 mixers. A simple connection between those mixer’s Mix Out/Tape Out and the 302 Mix In, adds their input channel to the 302’s output bus. The unit connected via the Mix In will contain all inputs.

When linking with a 442 a system of seven microphone inputs is achieved. Generally when linking to a 442, the 442 is used as the master, linking with the 302’s Mix Out to the 442’s Mix In. At the 442 outputs, all seven inputs appear.

Sound Device XL-1B accessory cable can be used to link multiple 302 mixers or 302 and 442 mixers.

Sound Devices XL-3 accessory cable can be used to link a MixPre to the 302 for a fi ve input system.

Link cables must be wired to short pin-1 to connector shell in order to open the Mix In connection.


The 302 can be powered from either internal batteries or from external DC. The power-effi cient

302 can operate from three AA alkaline batteries for nearly a production day (less with phantom powering). While many users prefer external DC sources to power both their mixer and wireless receivers, the use of internal batteries is perfectly feasible for both primary and backup powering of the 302.

Power Switch and LED

The 3-position power switch selects between internal batteries, external DC, or power off. Because of the power supply design of the 302, the unit takes approximately 10 seconds to fully stabilize its power supply after power-up. Additionally, there is suffi cient capacitance in the circuit to toggle between internal and external without disruption in audio.

The power LED illuminates solid green to indicate good power. When the power source falls below the threshold voltage

See the Setup Menu Chart

the power LED begins to fl ash. Once fl ashing changing the power source is recommended.


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Internal Batteries

The 302 uses a unique battery tube to hold 3-AA batteries. This robust tube is sealed to prevent potential battery leakage from ruining internal circuitry. The threaded-nickel cap extends beyond the panel to make battery changes easy and quick.The battery tube extends no farther than adjacent XLR connectors.

Remove batteries when the unit is stored for extended periods.

External DC Sources

For extended mixer runtime use an external DC source. The 302 can be powered from any DC source with a voltage range of 5 volts to 18 volts. If using an AC-to-DC transformer, such as a Sound

Devices XL-WPH2, make certain its output voltage falls in the 5–18 V range and can supply at least

4 watts. If an over voltage is applied to the mixer, an internal poly fuse is opened to prevent mixer damage. The fuse is reset when the voltage is removed.

The external DC supply is isolated (fl oating) from the circuitry to minimize ground loop and interaction among devices sharing the same DC source. The external DC connector is a Hirose 4-pin female. This locking connector mates to Hirose P/N HR10-7P-4P (Sound Devices P/N XL-H). Pin-1 is negative and pin-4 is the positive voltage.

Power Metering

The battery check button indicates battery voltages of internal and external power supplies on the output meter. The left meter shows the internal battery voltage and the right meter shows the external battery voltage. Since many different battery types are available for external use, the external DC metering can be customized for a given battery in the Setup Menu. The power meter is read from left to right, with the highest voltage indicated with LED’s lit all the way to the left


Power Consumption

The 302 can vary in the amount of current it draws. Several functions of the 302 directly affect current draw in different ways. The following list highlights the larger current drawing functions

(listed from highest to lowest current draw).



The main source of current beyond the idle current draw.

See Phantom and T-Powering


V phantom can draw copious amounts of current out of the batteries depending on what model microphone is used. Two phantom powered microphones draw twice as much current as one.

Microphones vary widely in their current draw depending on type and phantom voltage applied

Output Drive Level Higher output drive levels into multiple, low-impedance inputs increases current draw

Headphone Output High headphone output levels increase current draw

Meter Brightness Current draw is slightly increased with higher illumination intensities

Experimentation is recommended to determine battery life for each individual setup and application.

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The Setup Menu

The 302 has 18 available setup features.

See the Setup Menu Chart for all available options

. Setups, typically set-and-forget features, are infrequently changed. With the Setup Menu, these features are easily accessed directly on mixer’s the front panel.

Entering the Setup Menu

To access the Setup Menu perform the following steps:

1. Turn off the mixer, if already on.

2. Press and hold the Peak/VU selection switch while switching power on.

3. The Setup Menu is now entered.

Functions as the “down” button when in a setup

Press and hold while powering on to enter the

Setup Menu; also used to advance to the next Setup

Menu option

Functions as the “up” button when in a setup

The mixer will not pass audio when in the Setup Menu. When in the Setup Menu the fl ashing

LED on the left meter (L) position indicates the selected setup feature. The right meter (R) position indicates the values selected for the setup. Use the PK/VU button advance from one setup to another. If the intended setup is passed, setup mode must be re-entered since you can only step forward through the Setup Menu.

To adjust values, the meter brightness button (down) and the battery check button (up) allow selection among setup values. Some setups have multiple values while others have only two values.

Setup Example

The following steps show how to change the tone frequency from the factory default of 1 kHz to 100


1. Enter the setup menu by pressing and holding down the PK/VU button while powering the mixer. Hold the button until the –30 LED begins fl ashing.

2. Press the PK/VU button six times until the left meter LED fl ashes at the –16 position (see

Setup Chart for a list of all setups).

3. To move among parameter values, press the brightness button (down) and battery check button (up) until the 100 Hz position is selected (–24 LED will illuminate solid).

4. Press the PK/VU button multiple times until the meters perform their scrolling dance. This saves the new setting into memory.

To save new values to memory, the PK/VU button must be repeatedly pressed until the last setup is reached. At that point the meters will “dance” and the new values will be saved to memory.


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User Default

A memory location is available to store user-defi ned default settings. The user default is helpful to save a baseline of settings different than the factory default settings. To save a user default perform the following:

1. Hold down both the meter brightness button and battery check button while powering the mixer.

2. The current settings will be saved as the user default.

The user default settings can be recalled from the setup menu by applying the user default restore.

See the Setup Menu Chart


Output Limiter Adjustment

Output limiter thresholds are adjustable between +4 dBu and +20 dBu in 1 dB increments. The threshold level is shown on the lower (right) meter string by illuminating LEDs. Because LEDs are spaced every 4 dB, a combination of fl ashing and solid adjacent LEDs indicate limiter levels between the numbered LEDs. Factory default is 20 dBu. Each press of the battery button or meter brightness control changes the threshold by 1 dB. Three possible LED indications show threhold value:

Single solid LED - actual value indicates threshold.

Flashing LED next to a solid LED - indicates that the threshold is one dB above or below the solid LED value.

Two solid LEDs - threshold value is even number value between the two indicated values.

Two examples are shown below, a setting of +10 dBu and +11 dBu thresholds. both “8” and “12” LEDs solid indicates +10 dBu limiter threshold

“8” flashing and “12” solid indicates

+11 dBu limiter threshold

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Advanced Gain Structure and Interconnection

The 302’s unique output attenuator circuit is adjusted in the Setup Menu. This can be thought of as a master gain control which comes after the 302’s output meter. This circuit allows the user to match the 302’s output level to any recording device. When properly set, the dynamic range of the system is maximized and the 302’s meters will “match” the recorder’s meters.

For simple interconnection the following three setting are identical to setting the output switch on the 442 mixer to “Line”, “Tape”, or “Mic.”. 0 dB – Line , 10 dB – Tape , 40 dB – Mic .

However, to tailor the 302’s outputs exactly to the recording device, the 302’s output can be attenuated from full line-level in 2 dB steps from 0 to 16 dB (line/tape levels), then in 2 dB steps from

40 to 56 dB (mic levels). So if 40 dB of attenuation is “too hot” for a given device’s mic input, the attenuator could be set to 50 dB or more.

When interconnecting the 302 to any recording device, the best way to set the level between them is to match the 302’s output clipping level with the recorder’s input clipping level. When this is done and the recording device’s input gain controls are kept fi xed, two things will happen:

1. The dynamic range of the recording is maximized.

2. All level metering can be done via the 302’s meter.

The recorder’s level meter can be ignored since the only way for the recorder to clip is for the 302 to clip. The 302’s meters match the recorder’s meters in that the clip points match. Because most recorder’s meter ballistics and scale are different, it is impossible to make the 302 meter exactly match a given recorder’s meter. However, this is irrelevant if the clip levels match.

Full Scale Tone

The following information is intended for users with advanced knowledge of interconnection and gain structure.

To facilitate matching the clipping levels of the 302’s output to the recorder’s clip level, the 302 includes a full-scale tone output function. “Full scale” is the same as “clipping level.” To activate this full scale tone, turn on the tone switch while in the Setup Menu –30 position. Be extremely careful when doing this, as a full-scale tone is extremely loud and can hurt the operator’s ears. Make sure to turn down the headphone level and the level going to any amplifi ers, etc. from the 302.

The advanced way to set gain structure is as follows:

1. Connect 302’s XLR outputs to the recording device.

2. Enter Setup Menu (

see The Setup Menu


3. Turn down headphones and any amplifi ers connected to the 302’s other outputs.

4. Turn on the tone oscillator via its switch.

5. Turn the recording device’s input gain control to its detented point (or half-way if no detent).

6. Adjust the 302’s output level via the up/down buttons until the recorder is just shy of clipping as indicated on its meter.

7. If the 302’s Output level is at 0 dB and the recorder is not to its clip level, increase the recorder’s gain control until it is to the clip level.

8. Fix the recorder’s gain controls with tape so that they do not get bumped.

9. Exit the 302’s Setup Menu by pressing the PK/VU switch until the startup sequence happens.

Note: The Setup Menu must be exited in this manner or else the setting will not be saved.

10. It is recommended that the 302’s limiters be turned on at all times, as they will not activate until just before clipping.


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Setup Menu (v 3.6)

Below is the chart of setups for the 302. See Setup Menu on page 15 for instructions on how to enter and navigate the setup menu. Factory default settings are displayed in bold.

Meter Setup Name Setting (value on R Meter) Descripion

–30 XLR Attenuation


–26 Output Limiter

Thres. Adjustment

Line-level (0), add the indicated values on left and right meter for attenuation amount

1 dB increments from +4 to +20 dBu, level shown on meter

–24 Stereo Link, Ch. 1/2

OFF (–30), Stereo Link (–26), MS Link (–24)


Input Limiter Defeat

OFF (–30), ON (–26)

Selects the amount of attenuation from Line level on the XLR


Sets the Output Limiter threshold in dBu. see page 12 in User

Guide for more details.

Links inputs 1 and 2 as a stereo pair, either X/Y or MS stereo

When ON, input limiters remain OFF at all times

–20 RTN L to Ch. 4 Input

OFF (–30), L-only (–26), R-only (–24), L+R (–22) Routes RTN-Left to the master bus with set pan assignment.

–18 RTN R to Ch. 5 Input

OFF (–30), L-only (–26), R-only (–24), L+R (–22) Routes RTN-Right to the master bus with set pan assignment.


Tone Osc. Frequency 1000 (–30), 400 (–26), 100 (–24), Hz

–14 Tone Osc. Level




Slate Mic ON/OFF

Metering Source

Meter Reference


(VU and Peak)

OFF (–30), –20 dBu (–26) –10 dBu (–24), 1 dB increments to +8, 0 dBu is default

ON (–30), Tone + Slate (–26), OFF (–24)

Selects the frequency of the sine wave tone oscillator

Selects the output level of the tone oscillator in dBu at LINE level

Activates the slate mic. Tone and slate offers a 400 Hz tone preceding the slate mic.

ST & PFL (–30), Follows headphone switch position (–26), STereo only (–24)

0 VU =0 dBu (–30),

0 VU = +4 dBu (–26),

0 VU = +8 dBu (–24)

0 VU/Peak = +1 dBu (–22)

0 VU/Peak = +2 dBu (–20)

Selects the metering source. PFL levels are show on the left meter

0 VU/Peak = +3 dBu (–18)

0 VU/Peak = +4 dBu (–16)

0 VU/Peak = +5 dBu (–14)

0 VU/Peak = +6 dBu (–12)

0 VU/Peak = +7 dBu (–10)

0 VU/Peak = +8 dBu (–8)

Selects VU and/or Peak dBu reference level








Split-Ear Monitor


Attenuation w/Tone

External Battery

Voltage Reference

Meter Ballistics


Master Peak LED

Threshold Adjust

Slate/Tone Switch

Default Restore

OFF (–30), ON (–26), Program Mix (–24)

ON (–30), OFF (–26)

1 (–30), 2 (–26), 3 (–24), 4 (–22), 5 (–20), 6

(–18), see voltage metering chart below

VU | PPM | VU-PPMHold | VU-PPM (–30),

PPM | VU-PPMHold | VU-PPM (–26),

VU | VU-PPM-Hold | VU-PPM (–24),

PPM | VU-PPM (–22), VU | VU-PPM (–20)

PPM only (–18)

1 dB increments from +4 to +20 dBu, level shown on meter

Normal (–30), reversed (–26), tone only (–24), slate only (–22)

OFF (–30), User Default (–26),

Factory Default (–24), Custom Default (–22)

Assigns summed-mono RTN signal to left headphone output and R program to right headphone output. Active in RTN position.

Reduces the headphone level by 20 dB when tone oscillator is activated

Selects the external DC range of the voltage check function and power LED flash point

Selects meter ballistics choices selected when toggling the front panel meter ballistics switch

Sets the signal level where the “20” LED illuminates. Used to set an alternate peak level

Changes the functionality of the slate / tone switch. Switch can be defeated by engaging setup -14 and setup -12

Resets setup menu to either the stored default, factory default, or custom default values

Voltage Metering Chart

Setting High Voltage LED Flash Point Low Voltage Power Source

4.5 3.4

























12 V NiCad, NiMH, Li, etc.

Expanded range of setting #1

6 V NiMH, Li, etc.

12 V Lead Acid

6 V Lead Acid

Full range of DC input, with cutoff for 12 V NiCad, etc.

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Specifi cations

Measurement settings

(unless otherwise specifi ed): Gain controls for the channel being measured at mid point, all other channels gains fully down; pan switches centered; high-pass off; inputs in ‘mic’ position; outputs in ‘line’ position. Mic input driven with 150 ohm source. Outputs measured with

100k ohm load. Temperature at 25º C.

Maximum Gain,

typical (trim, fader, master, phones RTN fully up):


Dynamic Range

Frequency Response

115 dB minimum (trim fully down)

20 Hz to 30 kHz, +0.2, –0.5 dB,

–1 dB @ 5 Hz and 50 kHz typical

Equivalent Input Noise

THD + Noise

Input Clipping Level

Gain Matching

Common Mode Rejection


High-Pass Filters

Mic Powering

(each XLR selectable)

Input Limiters

–126 dBu (–128 dBV) maximum (22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth, flat filter, trim control fully up)

0.007% typical (1 kHz, +4 dBu at Line out)

0.009 max (50 Hz to 20 kHz, +18 dBu at Line out, fader fully up)

0 dBu minimum (trim control fully down)

±0.1 dB (Mic In to Line Out)

120 dB minimum at 80 Hz, mic input

100 dB minimum at 10 kHz, mic input

Switchable 80 Hz or 160 Hz, 12 dB/oct

Dynamic (no power applied),

12 V Phantom - through 680 ohm resistors, 10 mA per mic available,

48 V Phantom - through 6.8k resistors, 10 mA per mic available,

12 V T-Power - through 180 ohm resistors, 10 mA per mic available

+18 dBu threshold, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1 mS attack time, 200 mS release time.

XLR, mic setting

XLR, line setting

Mix In

Return & ch 4/5


(Ohms Actual)





Type: transformer-balanced transformer-balanced unbalanced, stereo unbalanced

For use with:

< 600 ohm mics

< 2k ohm outputs

302, 442 Mix Out (1.8k)

< 2k ohm outputs

Max Input Level:

0 dBu (0.78 Vrms)

+40 dBu (80 Vrms)

+6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)

+30 dBu


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Line Output Clipping

Level (1% THD)

Output Noise

Output Limiters

20 dBu minimum

18 dBu minimum with 600 ohm load

–100 dBu (–102 dBV) maximum (22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth, flat filter, master gain fully up, faders fully down) affects the Line Output and Tape Out, threshold selectable from +4 dBu to +20 dBu,

1 dB steps, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1 mS attack time, 200 mS release time


(Ohms Actual)

XLR, factory Line setting 150

XLR, mic (lowest) setting 150

Tape Out / Mix Out TA3


Headphones - 3.5 mm



active-balanced active-balanced unbalanced, stereo unbalanced, stereo

For use with:

>= 600 ohm mics

<2k ohm outputs

>6k ohm inputs

8–2k ohm phones

Max Output Level:

+20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)

–36 dBu

+6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)

+20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)

XLR Output @ factory (line) setting

XLR Output attenuated

Tape Output TA3-type

Headphones, 1/4-in and 3.5 mm


LED Metering

XLR Input

Mic Setting

75 dB

0–16 dB

2 dB steps

61 dB

95 dB

XLR Input

Line Setting

35 dB

40–56 dB,

2 dB steps

21 dB

55 dB

40-segment (2 x 20), sunlight-viewable

Selectable Peak, VU, or Peak (with or without peak hold) + VU ballistics



ch 4/5

20 dB

25–41 dB, 2 dB steps

6 dB

30 dB

Operation and Storage



Operating: –20°C to 60°C, 0 to 95% relative humidity; (non-condensing); Storage: –40°C to 85°C

Internal Voltages

±16 VDC (bi-polar) regulated audio rails

Power supply (batteries)

2.4–6 V range internal batteries; isolated (floating)

Power supply (external)

external DC input jack, 5–18 V, locking 4-pin Hirose connector, pin-4 = (+), pin-1 = (–), use

Hirose #HR10-7P-4P (DigiKey# HR100-ND) for locking mating DC connector.

Power Consumption

130 mA @ 4.5 V, internal batteries, idle, no phantom

55 mA @ 12 V external DC, idle, no phantom

Dimensions and Weight


47 mm x 214 mm x 114 mm (H x W x D)

1.8” x 8.4” x 4.5”

0.85 kg, (1.8 lbs) unpackaged with three alkaline AA batteries

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Several high-value accessories are available for the 302 mixer, including a carry-case, cables, and power accessories. For a full list of Sound Devices products and accessories, visit our web site




Production case with high-quality strap for use with 302, 7-Series recorders and MixPre; NP-type battery compartment and accessory pouch for wireless. Built for Sound Devices by CamRade.










Convenient, padded carry/storage case with handles, handy to store wallets, keys and mobile phones; handcrafted in China.

TA3-F to TA3-F Interconnection cables for 302-to-302 and 302-to-

442 linking; 12-inch.

3.5 mm to TA3-F link cable for MixPre/MP-2 Tape Output to 302

Mix In; 20-inch.

Bag of four (4) TA3-F-type connectors.

TA3-F to 3.5 mm jack to connect unbalanced, stereo TA3 tape out connection to unbalanced stereo 3.5-mm inputs., 15-inch.

3.5 mm male TRS to 1/4-inch female TRS jack for headphone extension, 12-inch.

Bare Hirose connector, (Hirose p/n HR10-7P-4P) to mate with locking 4-pin DC power jack.

NP-type battery cup with 24-inch cable with Hirose 4-pin locking power jack at equipment end.

AC to DC Power Supply (in-line) 100 - 240V 50/60 Hz input, 12

VDC 3.75 A (45 W) output, Hirose 4-pin DC plug. Supplied with

3-pin IEC cord for use in North America and Japan.


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CE Declaration of Conformity

According to ISO/IEC Guide 22

Sound Devices, LLC

300 Wengel Drive

Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA declares that the product, 302 Production Field Mixer is in conformity with and passes:

EN55103-1, 1997

EN55103-2, 1997

EN55103-1 Phenomena 2, 3,


EN55103-2 Phenomena 3, 1997

CISPR 22 (EN55022) 2003

EN61000-4-2 (2001)/

IEC61000-4-2 (2001)

EN61000-4-3 (2001)/

IEC1000-4-3 (2001)

EN61000-4-4 (2001)/

IEC61000-4-4 (2001)

EN61000-4-4 (2001)/

IEC61000-4-4 (2001)

EN61000-4-5 (2001)/

IEC61000-4-5 (2001)

EN61000-4-6 (2001)/

IEC61000-4-6 (2001)

EN61000-4-11 (2002)/


EMC-product family standard for audio, video, audiovisual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for professional use. Part 1: Emissions

EMC-product family standard for audio, video, audiovisual and entertainment lighting control apparatus for professional use. Part 2: Immunity

Magnetic emissions at 1 meter 50 Hz – 50 kHz

Magnetic immunity 50 Hz to 10 kHz

Radiated and conducted emissions, Class B

ESD, ±4 kV contact, ±8 kV air discharge

Radiated RF immunity, 10 V/m, 80% 1 kHz amplitude modulation

AC power ports: EFT Burst, I/O lines, ±0.25 kV to ±1.0 kV, power line ±0.5 kB – ±1 kV

EFT Burst, I/O lines, ±0.25 kV to ±1.0 kV, power line

±0.5 kB – ±1 kV

Surge ±1 kV differential mode (line-to-line), ±2 kV common mode (line-to-ground)

Conducted RF immunity, 3 V, 80% @1 kHz amplitude modulation

Voltage dips and short interruptions at test voltage level: 0% V unominal @ 70% V unominal @ 25 period

Tested by L. S. Compliance, Inc. Cedarburg, Wisconsin

March 26, 2003

Matthew Anderson

Director of Engineering

Sound Devices, LLC

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Warranty and Technical Support


Sound Devices, LLC warrants the 302 Production Mixer against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ONE (1) year from date of original retail purchase. This is a nontransferable warranty that extends only to the original purchaser. Sound Devices, LLC will repair or replace the product at its discretion at no charge. Warranty claims due to severe service conditions will be addressed on an individual basis. THE WARRANTY AND REMEDIES SET FORTH





WARRANTY OR UNDER ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. Because some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion or limitations set forth above, they may not apply in all cases.

For all service, including warranty repair, please contact Sound Devices for an RMA number and send the 302, along with proof of purchase date to:

Sound Devices, LLC

Service Repair RMA # XXXX

300 Wengel Drive

Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA

Technical Support / Bug Reports

For technical support and bug reporting on all Sound Devices products contact:

Sound Devices, LLC

E-mail: [email protected] web: www.sounddevices.com/contact_support.htm

Telephone: +1 (608) 524-0625 / Toll-Free in the U.S.A.: (800) 505-0625

Fax: +1 (608) 524-0655

Sound Devices hosts a support forum for 7-Series recorders. The URL is:


FCC Statement

This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.


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