Sound Devices 633

Sound Devices has released the 633, a six-input mixer with integrated ten-track recorder and a full complement of I/O – a compact, portable device for ‘over-the-shoulder’ recording.

The 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers ten-track 48kHz, 24-bit, uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96kHz for eight tracks, 192kHz for six tracks) or time-code stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus LR and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

The unit is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This powering allows connection of multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed, and switches to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10s to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

The high-accuracy, Ambient-based time code generator/reader assists in multi-camera and double-system sound applications. All common production time-code rates and modes are available. Extensive file metadata is supported along with the time code. The 633 also features a keyboard port for quick and easy metadata entry.

Designed for field production, the 633 has easily accessible, tactile front panel controls. Its LCD-based setup menu offers easy navigation and control of its extensive features. Menu options for metering, display and headphone favorites are among the selections that can be saved to scenes, which save the complete state of the mixer to memory cards in order to quickly reproduce a setup.

The 633 is also available as a complete package, the 633-Kit, which includes the unit plus all of the accessories needed for use in the field. This production-ready kit includes the 633 mixer, the CS-633 Production Case, two L-type Lithium-ion batteries, one SD and one CF card, plus TA3-to-XLR cables.

It is designed to withstand the physical and environmental demands of field operation. Its top and bottom chassis panels are made from molded, metalized carbon fibre for superior durability and weight reduction. The chassis panels are also gasketted for water resistance.


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