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Sound Devices633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • ENG (3)
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5.0

Amazing Machine

By TvPat

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

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

This is a big step up in performance from the 302, but not so much in size. It's a great, compact, recording machine that can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. It was a toss up between this and the Zaxcom Maxx. I probably would have gone with the Maxx for the 4th full input if B&H carried it, but the transition to the 633 was a bit easier having come from a Sound Devices background. I do wish it had 4 full mic/Line XLR inputs, but that would have made it bigger.

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5.0

Outstanding

By Jeremy Bond

from Boston, MA

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

Best field mixer on the market for the money. Thank you again Sound Devices.

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5.0

Its lovely

By ForzaFlaca

from El Paso, TX

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Trims 4-6 Too Small

    Best Uses

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

      I love this machine. Its so much power in such a tiny device. The pre-amps are absolutely gorgeous. The screen is visible in light and dark. My only but would be that the 4-6 input trims are a bit small, but other than that this thing is great.

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      5.0

      A work of art!

      By Patrick D.

      from Plymouth Meeting, PA

      Verified Reviewer

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

      The geniuses at Sound Devices have developed a truly revolutionary piece of gear with the 633. It has proved to be a powerful workhorse for our corporate and documentary productions, allowing us to record multiple mics simultaneously to its 10-track recorder, mix out to our cameras and provide timecode with its built-in Ambient TC generator.

      Battery power is amazing and the unit will last all day with just a couple of Sony NP-F970s. Love the dual recording ability to CF and SDXC cards for added peace of mind. Just an awesome and reliable product that is such a joy to work with in both the field and studio!

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      5.0

      Desert Island Recorder

      By Lmatts

      from Portland, OR

      Verified Reviewer

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

      If you can only have one, this is it. Super versatile, 6 individual track recording capability, lightweight and just all around fantastic. Can't recommend highly enough, this company makes nothing but fantastic products.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent Workhorse ! :-)

      By Skooter

      from Austin, Texas

      Verified Reviewer

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

      POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES:
      > Have been using for location dialog recording with excellent results!
      > Superlative interface and control layout
      > Very rugged
      > High mechanical quality
      > Meters very easy to read
      > Excellent feature set
      > Dual recording media is an excellent feature!
      > Stable and bug free firmware
      > Accommodates high capacity Sony NP-F batteries!
      > Subjectively pleasing sound quality for dialog recording

      POSSIBLE SHORTCOMINGS:
      > Limiting is not as transparent as it could be (as compared to the Zaxcom Maxx for example)
      > No lower compression ratios are offered
      > No low to moderate compression ratios available
      > The list of compatible recording media is very short! (SD and CF cards)
      > Audio fidelity and overall distortion figures are not good as the Sound Devices 700 series, nor are they as good as the Zaxcom Maxx. This is especially noticable (to my ears) for binaural or stereo recordings of ambient sounds and music recordings, in which stereo imaging and/or complex reflected sounds are a prominent feature.
      > No high pass cutoff frequencies below 80Hz

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Usachris

      from Costa Mesa, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • 10 Tracks
      • Easy to use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Location recording

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

      Sound Devices hit it out of the park with the 633. Almost endless routing options and 10 tracks! Very compact and light. I was up and running with confidence within a day of getting it. I followed others advice and did not get the kit. I went with an Audio Devices BDS and a different bag - so glad I did.

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      5.0

      The Baddest

      By Dave

      from New Jersey

      Pros

      • Light
      • Rock Solid

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Corporate
      • ENG
      • Feature Film
      • Field recording

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

      I use this on small to medium productions, local features, corporate work, etc.It is THE baddest. The preamps are so clean you can hear a pindrop with the gain cranked, i actually even run it as a front end via AES into my audio interface to be able to use the preamps in my home when I need to do foley and stuff.I'd recommend it a million times over.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The 633

          By Bryan

          from Reduser.

          Verified Buyer

          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

          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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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Cuts my ENG load in half + 10 Tracks!

          By Carl

          from Savannah, GA

          Verified Buyer

          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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          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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