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Sound Devices633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder
 
5.0

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        5.0

        The New Gold Standard

        By Marcos El Presidente

        from Baltimore, MD

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Excelent Limiters
        • Excelent Preamps
        • File Redundancy
        • Light
        • Multiple power sources
        • Redundancy With Dual Card
        • Solid build quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Field recorder
          • On location

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

          I've been a long time Sound Devices user, starting with the MixPre-D, cute little field mixer that one!

          The 633 is not only an amazingly thought out piece of machinery, but it's features are unmatched for the price, and is as solid as a rock.

          I went to a location, was hired as a Director of Photography (my background however is music/audio) and was appalled to learn that the sound pro brought along a ZOOM H6. These little things are great for all kinds of things, but not for capturing critical audio like a film's dialogue, I thought, but then I just went along with it. We wrap up three days on location just to have a nightmarish LOUD electrical hum/interferance in about 30% of the audio files. You can blame the location's electrical outlets all you want, but I convinced the producer to re-film at same location, this time with PRO gear. SD633 had no issues with the location's electrical issues, and was stellar in every aspect, AND gave us timecode, redundancy with the 2 cards, great preamps and limiters, custom take names, etc, etc. Love the fact that it powers up in no time, multiple power sources...can you tell that I LOVE this thing??

          Some have complain of the price, but look around and compare, No issue here; it will last you a lifetime, money well spent.

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          5.0

          the perfect mixer for small productions

          By Phantompwr

          from Cape Cod, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • High quality sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Audio for Video
            • ENG

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

            This has all the features that I need for narrative location sound, and is future proof with AES support for digital microphones like the SuperCMIT. 3 Mic inputs and 3 line inputs are perfect for a single mic and a stereo array plus 3 wireless lavs. The menus are easy to navigate, and although it supports a USB keyboard I haven't needed one, the take manager is fast enough that nobody is waiting on me. Of course the sound quality is wonderful, but the thing that I like the most is the power. The options for powering this are extremely flexible, and I'm not worrying about the batteries running out anymore. I also like the ability to record to two different cards simultaneously. Overall this is a beast and I highly recommend it.

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            5.0

            Great device, few notes

            By Modernwood

            from san francisco, ca

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Audio Perfection
            • Easy menu system
            • Great Support
            • Power Managment
            • Redundancy

            Cons

            • Needs A Lot Of Power
            • Portabrace A Bit Meh

            Best Uses

            • Boom And Couple Of Lavs
            • Rungun

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

            This is a great item, but for sure a few notes are necessary. Not exactly disparaging things, but things to be aware of.

            First off, power. You'll need some large L series batteries. Coming from a 552, I tried to run it off 6 AA. They with just one phantom and a lav they blew through at like 30 min a set. Was through 30 batteries in a day with serious on/off power management and realized I'd have to pay the extra $100 apiece. On L series 6300 with 1 phantom and 1-2 lavs I'm getting about 6 hours runtime apiece which is about a battery a production day (with breaks, etc). Long story short, plan on getting big power and backing up and only rely on AA for super backup while you hunt for extra L's.

            What I love are the simple redundancies, file reliability between poly and mono wav options, fantastic build, and light weight. And of course it's a Sound Devices so that means fantastic build and great support.

            It's well worth the buy if you need a top notch mixer/recorder for run/gun field work.

            One other minor note. I bought it with the (kit) style Portrabrace and am not super happy. It's just an awkward fit against my body. The bracing loops are in the middle of the bag, not at the mixer, so the mixer tends to lean in towards your body, making it super easy to swipe the faders when it is at your side accidentally and pan way down, or just generally have a tough time reaching them.

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            5.0

            The 633

            By Bryan

            from Reduser.

            Verified Buyer

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

                  I saw this advertised, saw how great it was and knew it would include a $$$pendy price tag. Then again what item from Sound Devices doesn't cost thousands. Happy I went 633 instead of 7 Series.-Killer menu-Mixing tracks -Much lighter than I imagined -It Eats AA alive so get the Sony batteries. (only last 20-30min on six AA) -And finally its even cooler in personI use this with the MikTek C5 studio pair mics to record dialogue for movies. No complaints.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By jon from Denver

                  from Denver

                  Verified Buyer

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

                        first piece of SD gear for me, very impressed, it just works flawlessly. Very logical interface makes setting up easy. If you want a great small mixer and recorder, this is it.

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                        5.0

                        Gotta love the times we live in

                        By Matt the Mountain Guy

                        from Boulder, CO

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • And Makes You Look Smart
                        • Great For Skinny Fingers
                        • Impresses Hot Boom Ops
                        • Impresses Hot Directors
                        • Light
                        • Looks Complicated
                        • Turns On Super-ultra-fast
                        • You Can Attach A Keyboard

                        Cons

                        • Must Remove At Eod
                        • New And Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentary
                        • ENG
                        • Looooonnnnggg Days
                        • Producer Repellent
                        • Timecode

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

                        I'm a full-time sound dude. I just shot a reality pilot with this thing for a full week, used timecode, all six inputs and ran it for 16 hour plus days. It's a true work horse, it's light and it's super easy to use out of the box. I've tried all the little gizmos as well - connecting to the 788t, jamming, the keyboard metadata funfest, etc. and have giggled like a little boy when I see the glorious metadata in my edit bay.

                        Looking back, I would absolutely buy the kit. I thought I could acquire batteries, TA3 cables and other nicnacs al-la-carte for a lot less. Wrong. You can NEVER have enough cables even if cables from Sound Devices come at a premium.

                        B and H reviewer top tip: Read the instruction manual while playing with the thing. You'll be pro by page 10.

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                        5.0

                        Cuts my ENG load in half + 10 Tracks!

                        By Carl

                        from Savannah, GA

                        Verified Buyer

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

                              Used in Indy filmmaking and a little ENG. Bag based, it really lightens my load. I used to carry a SD 302/702 combo. Worked great, but heavy by the end of the day. Fantastic SD quality. Expensive relative to comperable Zaxcom Maxx, but I can't abide membrane keys. Yes, the pots and switches are very close together. Big hands with big fingers could be a problem.

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                              5.0

                              Same Recorder as 7 Series

                              By Johnny

                              from North West, USA

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

                              Told by the Sound Device Team that its basically/is the same Recorder as the 7 Series but with a Mixer and 10-Track Recorder instead of just 2-Tracks with the SD 702T. Much better than spending more than 2K for the SD 702T plus another 1k for the SD 302 Mixer... This is all in one package with a much updated system in almost every aspect.

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