Sound Devices CL-12 ALAIA BLONDE
Linear Fader Controller for the 688 Mixer/Recorder in Blonde Maple Finish


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The CL-12 linear fader controller from Sound Devices meets a growing demand from production professionals who must make quick transitions between cart and over-the-shoulder applications in a fast-paced production landscape. This model is an  optional accessory that significantly expands the mixing capability of the 688. The CL-12 attaches directly to the 688 via a single USB cable that provides both power and control, making transitions between cart-based setups and over-the-shoulder workflows quick and easy. A second 1/4-inch to 1/4-inch headphone cable is also provided to allow monitoring from the CL-12, plus it adds a low-resistance ground connection, giving extra robustness to the mixer/controller combo in the presence of static shock. Sound Devices recommends always using the supplied USB cable and 1/4-inch headphone cable for optimum CL-12 performance.

The CL-12 is compatible with the Sound Devices 688 12-Input Field Production Mixer. With the CL-12, the 688 gains a 3-band parametric equalizer for each of its 12 inputs, shortcut access to SuperSlot™ wireless receiver data (when used with the SL-6), and MixAssist™ auto-mix monitoring. The CL-12 also includes ports for a USB keyboard connection for efficient metadata entry, and for powering an optional USB lamp.

This model is the CL-12 Alaia (Blonde version) which does everything the standard CL-12 does, but the CL-12 Alaia also features incredibly smooth gliding Penny & Giles faders — the best in the industry. Gorgeous custom hardwood side panels also enhance the look of the CL-12 Alaia. Available in either Blonde Maple (this model) or Red Mahogany, the panels are handmade by Amish craftsmen specifically for Sound Devices, LLC. The CL-12 Alaia also comes with a pair of black aluminum side panels.

The CL-12 product lineup features large, backlit transport buttons for record and stop, as well as numerous dedicated buttons for fast access to menus and other key functionality, such as track arming, naming, and routing. Metadata entry is a button press away, and there are buttons for PFL, HPF, phase inversion, COMs and RTNs. There are even three user-definable buttons for flexible customization.

Sound Devices CL-12 Alaia Blonde Includes:

  • (1) CL-12 Alaia
  • (1) 1/4-inch to 1/4-inch, 5-foot TRS headphone cable
  • (1) USB A to USB B, 2-meter RoHS cable
  • (1) Product registration card
  • (1) CL-12 Quick Start Guide
  • (1) Promo stickers
  • (1) Full-line Audio Catalog
  • (1) Aluminum Endcap Kit:
    • 2- black side panels
    • 18- screws
    • 1- 1/16-inch Hex L key  

Sound Devices CL-12 Alaia Blonde Features:

  • 12 100 mm linear input faders (Penny & Giles option with CL-12 Alaia)
  • L, R, X1, X2 level controls with press functionality for input routing
  • 3-band parametric equalizer per channel
  • Large, backlit transport controls (REC and STOP)
  • Numerous dedicated buttons for fast access to menus and key functionality
  • Single USB cable connection for power and control, and quick transition from cart to bag
  • 22-segment LED meters for L, R, X1, X2
  • 7-segment LED pre-fade input meters
  • Limiter LEDs
  • Indicator LEDs for Mix Assist activity, Arm, Channel On, and Routing
  • USB Ports for keyboard, lamp, and 3rd-party remote control applications
  • Headphone port for direct audio monitoring from CL-12 

Sound Devices CL-12 Alaia Blonde Specifications:

  • Penny & Giles Faders: Yes
  • Side Panels:  Blonde Maple
  • Dimensions: 15.2 in x 11.3 in x 3.8 in / 38.6 cm x 28.7 cm x 9.6 cm
  • Weight: 5 lbs (2.27 kg)
  • External Power:
    • Powered by the mixer via USB cable
    • 5V micro USB DC boost input
  • Current Draw: 90 mA @ 5 V typical
  • Light:
    • 100 mA (when powered by 688)
    • 500 mA (when powered with external USB power supply)


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