Sound Devices SL-2 Dual Superslot Wireless Module
The SL-2 Dual SuperSlot Wireless Module is the first model of a new range of SuperSlot™-based accessories which bring integrated multichannel wireless to the 8-Series mixer-recorders.
- Compatible with the 833, 888, and the Scorpio.
- Accepts two UniSlot or SuperSlot wireless receivers from Audio Ltd, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Sony, and Wisycom.
- Built-in antenna distribution with antenna powering for active antennas or boosters.
- Two TA3 AES3 inputs for an additional 4 channels of digital audio.
- Powers via an 8-Series mixer-recorder.
- Accepts either analog or digital audio from slot-in receivers.
- Ability to set and monitor multiple functions of a SuperSlot-compatible receiver from the 8-Series mixer-recorder.
- Power on/off
- Set frequency
- RF Scan with visual representation of the RF spectrum
- Monitor transmitter battery, receiver audio, and RF levels
- Rugged, lightweight, and compact design.
- Mounts to the top of any 8-Series mixer-recorder.
- Same width as the 833.
What exactly is the SL-2?
The SL-2 is a two slot-in wireless receiver integration system that easily mounts to the top panel of any 8-Series mixer-recorder. It accepts UniSlot and SuperSlot™ wireless receivers from a variety of manufacturers. Power to the SL-2 and receivers is supplied by the 8-Series mixer-recorder – no external DC connector is needed on the SL-2. Analog or digital audio is sent from the receivers into the mixer-recorder via the expansion port, reducing messy cabling for power and audio connectivity. The SL-2 offers antenna distribution to slot-in receivers, spreading out the placement of antennas for better RF performance. The rear panel of the SL-2 is equipped with two TA3 connectors for an additional four inputs of AES3 audio.
Which SuperSlot receivers are supported by SL-2?
SuperSlot is an open standard, wireless receivers from several manufacturers are supported, allowing you to use your favorite brand, as well as leveraging your existing transmitter and receiver investment:
- Audio Ltd A10-RX
- Lectrosonics SRb (with audio board update from Lectrosonics)
- Lectrosonics SRc
- Lectrosonics SRc-941
- Sennheiser EK-6042
- Sony DWR-S03D
- Wisycom MCR-42 (with SLK42-IKSS rear panel adapter from Wisycom)
What features of a given receiver does SuperSlot support?
The 8-Series automatically powers all receivers slotted-in the SL-2 on and off with the mixer-recorder. After power on, the 8-Series mixer-recorder automatically sets the output of the receiver to analog or digital and sets the output level to achieve maximum dynamic range. The 8-Series menus provide access to RF scan, menus for receiver setup, RF frequency adjustment, TX status, RF and audio level monitoring, TX recording status, TX Limiter and overload status (A10-TX only) and more. Features available depend on the receiver in use.
Will it work with all the 833, 888, and Scorpio mixer-recorders?
Yes it will! It is the same width as the 833, making it a perfect fit for production bags.
How many receivers can I use?
The SL-2 accepts 2 slot-in Unislot or SuperSlot wireless receivers.
How many channels per slot does the SL-2 support?
The SL-2 supports the SuperSlot spec, which has always supported up to four audio channels per slot.
I see the SL-2 can support four channels per slot. How about the SL-6?
Even though the SuperSlot protocol supports four channels per slot, and several other functions, the SL-6 hardware can support only two channels per slot.
Will it power my antennas?
Yes. Both SMA antenna connectors provide 12 V bias power up to 500 mA.
Is there built in RF filtering?
Yes. The filtering is menu-selectable from the 8-Series user interface. The filter ranges available are 470-608 MHz, 608-770 MHz, or 770-960 MHz.
Does the SL-2 have RF attenuators?
There are attenuators at the input of the RF stage that can be enabled in the 8-Series menus.
This is useful when experiencing heavy RF overload.
Can I use the SL-2 with my XL-AES?
The SL-2 utilizes the same expansion port as the XL-AES so simultaneous use is impossible. However, the SL-2 does have two TA3 AES3 inputs for an additional 4 channels of digital audio.
Is there a ribbon cable or does it affix to the port directly? Can I move it?
The SL-2 connects directly to your 8-Series mixer-recorder without the use of ribbon cables. The SL-2 sits securely on top with the receivers facing you, allowing for ease of viewing while in your bag or on your cart.
Are there RF loop-through connectors?
Yes, these are only intended as an extra set of RF connections to another receiver or distro.
Is the SL-2 stackable?
The SL-2 is designed to be as lightweight and small as possible, and thus does not include provisions for stacking. Future, larger SL products will include stacking.
Is there going to be a larger model with more slots?
The SL-2 is the first model of a new range of Superslot-based accessories which bring integrated multichannel wireless to the 8-Series Mixer-Recorders. More information will be available in the future.
How big is it?
The SL-2 is the same width as the 833.
When will it ship?
Quarter 2 of 2020 (April-June for non-business people).
What is the warranty period for the SL-2?
Like all of our products, the SL-2 is guaranteed under our warranty for 2 years when you register at sounddevices.com.
Can I use it with my SL-6 on Scorpio at the same time?
The SL-2 will not work in conjunction with the SL-6.
Will the SL-2 work with the 6-Series or MixPre II?
The SL-2 is an all-new design and will not work with the 6-Series or MixPre II Series.
See the Sound Devices FAQ page – HERE