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Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder

Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder

Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Three High-Bandwidth XLR Preamplifiers
  • +12, +48, and +10V Digital Phantom Power
  • HP Filter, Pan, Fader, Trim Controls
  • AES3 and AES42 for Digital Microphones
  • Digital Mixing
  • Records to SD and CompactFlash Cards
  • USB Computer Keyboard Metadata Entry
  • Multiple Simultaneous Power Sources
  • Built-In Save Battery and 2-Second Boot
  • Lightweight Molded Carbon-Fiber Chassis
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  • 1Description

The Sound Devices 633 6-Input Field Production Mixer and Digital Recorder is designed for production audio mixing and recording on set and in the field. The unit is housed in a compact lightweight molded metalized carbon-fiber chassis and features six analog inputs: three XLR microphone preamplifier inputs with selectable phantom power, high-pass filters, input limiters, faders and variable pans, as well as three line-level TA3 (mini-XLR) inputs. The first XLR input can also function as an AES digital input and accept AES3 or AES42 inputs with +10 V phantom power for digital microphones. The two XLR outputs can also be used as four channels of AES output.

All of the unit's inputs can be assigned to the mixer's six output buses: left, right, Aux 1, Aux 2, Aux 3, and Aux 4. Selectable input delay on all six inputs and output bus delay on all six buses makes it easy to correct lip-syncing issues between audio and video. The unit's 1/4" headphone output can be configured with different user-presets and a favorite mode allows for quick source selection when monitoring.

The device can record to an SD card, CompactFlash card, or both memory card formats simultaneously in mono or poly WAV or MP3 file formats. The cards can be set to record redundant backups or combinations of WAV and time-coded MP3s for dailies and transcription purposes. The six inputs, output bus left, output bus right, aux 1, and aux 2 can all be recorded to individual tracks at 24-bit 48 kHz resolution for a total of ten tracks. This is useful for having both individual tracks from the six inputs, as well as the recordist's field mix. Up to six tracks can be recorded at 24-bit 96 kHz and 192 kHz sample rates.

The device can be powered by any of four different simultaneously coexistent power sources, including 12 to 18 VDC from an external power supply (sold separately), two removable 7.2 V L-type lithium-ion batteries (sold separately), and six internal AA batteries (NiMH recommended, sold separately). The unit's LCD display indicates battery levels for the various sources. When one power supply is depleted, the mixer will automatically switch to the next power supply without interruption. When all power supplies are depleted, the device's built-in PowerSafe trickle-charge battery will keep the device running for an additional 10 seconds so that all files can be saved and closed properly and ensure that no data is lost. The built-in battery also allows the device to power up and start recording in two seconds for near immediate operation.

The unit is built with dedicated ergonomic controls for all major mixing and recording functions and features an LCD display that can be viewed in all types of lighting. The background of the display can be changed in the menu settings between day and night modes to make the meters easier to read. An integrated high-accuracy Timecode generator supports all common rates and modes. A USB port allows for the connection of a computer keyboard for easy entering of metadata to better organize files. The unit is built to be durable in the field, and includes gasket seals to protect the internal circuitry from the elements.

Note: Please note that not all memory cards are approved to work with this device. Please check manufacturer's website for a list of approved cards.

Inputs
Features three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs with selectable phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter, and variable pan as well as three line-level TA3 connectors
Outputs
Includes six assignable output buses
Lightweight Chassis
Utilizes a molded carbon-fiber chassis to significantly reduce the overall weight of the unit
AES Digital I/O
Accepts AES3 and AES42 inputs with +10 V phantom power for digital microphones on XLR input 1, as well as up to four channels of AES output on XLR outputs 1 and 2
Internal Slate Microphone
Allows verbal recording of the scene and take number
Recording
Records up to 10 individual mono or polyphonic WAV or MP3 tracks at up to 24-bit 48 kHz resolution (6 tracks at up to 96 or 192 kHz sample rates) onto SD and CompactFlash memory cards
Quad Power
Utilizes external 12 to 18 V power supply, two removable 7.2 V L-type lithium-ion batteries, and six internal AA batteries to provide redundant power once each source is depleted
PowerSafe Technology
Utilizes built-in battery to keep the device running for additional 10 seconds after all power sources are depleted so that files may be closed properly and ensure that no data is lost or corrupted
Power-Up
Turns on in approximately two seconds for near instantaneous recording
Control Interface
Features large LCD display that can be viewed in all lighting conditions and combination push-button knobs for menu navigation
Integrated Timecode
Utilizes high-accuracy Timecode generator that supports all common rates and modes
Delay
Allows selectable input and output bus delay on all six inputs and all six outputs for syncing audio and video
Headphone Presets
Allows easy switching between user-configurable presets and headphone favorite mode for monitoring different sources
Metadata Entry
Enables USB computer keyboard entry of recording metadata such as notes
Durability
Housed in a molded metalized carbon-fiber chassis with gasket seals to protect against the elements
UPC: 859108005277
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Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Specifications
    Connectors 3 x XLR 3-pin Female Inputs
    3 x TA3 (mini-XLR) inputs
    2 x XLR 3-pin male outputs (left and right)
    1 x 1/4" headphone jack
    2 x TA3 outputs (Aux 1 and Aux 2)
    1 x 1/8" stereo output (Aux 3 and Aux 4)
    1 x RTN output
    1 x Timecode output
    1 x 4-pin Hirose power connector
    Inputs
    Frequency Response 10 to 40,000 Hz ±0.5 dB
    -3 dB at 65,000 Hz (192,000 Hz sampling rate reference at 1,000 Hz)
    THD + Noise 0.09% max (1,000 Hz, 22 to 22,000 Hz BW, fader at 0, 0 dBu output)
    Equivalent Input Noise -126 dBu (-128 dBV) maximum (22 to 22,000 Hz bandwidth, flat filter, trim control fully up)
    Input Type XLR Mic: active balanced for use with ≤600 Ω microphones, 4,000 Ω actual, 12 V or 48 V phantom power, 10 mA max

    XLR AES: AES3 or AES42 (10 V power), SRC

    XLR Line: active-balanced for use with ≤2,000 Ω outputs, 10,000 Ω

    TA3 Line: active-balanced for use with ≤ 2,000 Ω outputs, 10,000 Ω actual

    RTN (3.5 mm): unbalanced stereo for use with ≤ 2,000 Ω outputs, 30,000 Ω actual
    Maximum Input Level XLR Mic: 0 dBu (0.78 Vrms)
    XLR Line: +40 dBu (80 Vrms)
    RTN (3.5 mm): +24 dBu (12.4 Vrms)
    Maximum Gain Mic-In-to-Line-Out: 91 dB
    Mic-In-to-Aux-Out, -10 Out: 77 dB
    Line-In-to-Line-Out: 39 dB
    High-Pass Filter Sweepable 80 to 240 Hz
    12 dB/octave at 80 Hz
    6 dB/octave at 240 Hz
    Microphone Power Each analog input is selectable
    12 V phantom through 680 Ω resistors, 10 mA per mic available
    48 V phantom through 6,800 Ω, 10 mA per mic available
    Limiting Analog input limiters (inputs 1 through 3)
    Affects microphone preamp output only (Trim stage): +16 dBu
    Ratio: 20:1
    Attack time: 1 ms
    Release time: 500 ms

    Digital input limiters (inputs 1 through 6)
    Post-fader
    +6 dBu to +18 dBu threshold (adjustable
    Ratio: 20:1
    Attack time: 1 ms
    Release time: 500 ms
    AES AES42 Mode 1: provides +10 V digital phantom power
    Outputs
    Output Type XLR Line: active balanced for use with ≥ 600 Ω inputs

    XLR -10: active balanced for use with ≥ 10,000 Ω inputs

    XLR Mic: active balanced for use with ≥ 600 Ω inputs

    TA3 Active balanced Mic/Line: pin-2 and 3 driven, for use with ≥ 3,000 Ω inputs

    Aux X3 and X4 (3.5 mm): unbalanced, stereo, for use with ≥ 6,000 Ω inputs

    Headphones (1/4"): unbalanced, stereo, for use with 8 to 2,000 Ω headphones
    Output Impedance XLR and TA3 balanced outputs: 100 Ω at line setting
    3,200 Ω at -10 setting
    150 Ω at mic setting

    TA3 balanced outs: 1,000 Ω at Mic and line settings
    Aux X3, X4 (3.5 mm): 100 Ω
    Headphones (1/4"): 100 Ω
    Line Output Level Clipping: 20 dBu minimum with 10,000 Ω load
    Maximum Output Level Line: +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)
    -10: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
    Mic: -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)
    Aux 3/4: +6 dBu (1.5 Vrms)
    Limiting Affects the outputs of the mixer
    Threshold selectable from +4 dBu to +18 dBu, 1 dB steps
    Ratio: 20:1
    Attack time: 1 ms
    Release time: 500 ms
    Maximum Gain Typical: Trim, Fader, Master, Phones, RTN fully up
    Mic-level input
    Master outs (XLR) at line: 91 dB
    Master outs (XLR) at -10: 77 dB
    Master outs (XLR) at mic: 51 dB
    X3, X4 Outs (3.5 mm): 77 dB
    Headphones (1/4"): 107 dB

    Line-level input
    Master outs (XLR) at line: 51 dB
    Master outs (XLR) at -10: 37 dB
    Master outs (XLR) at mic: 11 dB
    X3, X4 Outs (3.5 mm): 37 dB
    Headphones (1/4"): 67 dB

    RTN
    Headphones (1/4"): 5 dB
    AES3 Output Transformer-balanced AES Out A, B, on XLR
    110 Ω, 2 V p-p
    AES and S/PDIF compatible with RCA adaptor
    Sampling Frequency 44,100 Hz
    47,952 Hz
    48,000 Hz
    48,048 Hz
    88,200 Hz
    96,000 Hz
    192,000 Hz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Dynamic Range 114 dB, A-weighted, typical
    Recording storage SD, SDXC, SDHC card
    Please see manufacturer's site for a list of approved cards

    FAT32 or exFAT formatted, will format media on-board

    CompactFlash (CF)

    FAT32 formatted for CF and SD < 32 GB

    exFat for SD cards > 32 GB

    Formats cards in-unit
    File Type Record: WAV (Broadcast Wave File format), polyphonic or MP3
    Playback: WAV (Broadcast Wave File format), polyphonic or MP3
    Timecode Modes supported: Off, Rec Run, Free Run, 24h Run, External

    Frame Rates: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97DF, 29.97ND, 30DF, 30ND

    Accuracy: Ambient generator, 0.2 ppm (0.5 frame in 24 hr)

    Timecode input: 20,000 Ω impedance, 0.3 V to 3.0 V p-p (-17 dBu to +3 dBu)

    Timecode output: 1,000 Ω impedance, 3.0 V p-p (+12 dBu)
    Accuracy Sample/Timecode: ± 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours)
    Power External: 10 to 18 V on locking 4-pin Hirose connector, pin 4 = +, pin 1 = -
    2 x Removable 7.2 V (nominal) Sony L-type Li-ion, operational from 6.5 to 8.5 V

    Internal 6 x AA (LR6) batteries, 1.2 to 1.6 V nominal (NiMH rechargeable compatible)
    Temperature Operating: -4 to 140° F (-20 to 60° C)
    Storage: -40 to 185° F (-40 to 85°C)
    Humidity (Non-condensing) 0 to 90% relative humidity
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.2 x 9.4 x 5.6" (6.0 x 24 x 14 cm)
    Weight 2.56 lb (1.10 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.2 x 11.2 x 3.7"

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