New Sound Devices flagship audio mixer24 September 2012
The 664 Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ range of portable production mixers. It offers expanded I/O and recording capabilities, along with greater flexibility and ease-of-use than the previous model.
The 664’s six input channels have dedicated controls for trim, fader, pan, and PFL. The inputs and four output buses can all be outputs, for a total of 10-track simultaneous recording. The mixer features six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic range transformerless mic/line preamps with analogue peak limiters, high-pass filters and input trim controls.
Featuring analogue audio paths, the 664 also offers digital capabilities. Inputs 1 and 6 can be selected as AES3 or AES42 inputs for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.
The L and R buses are balanced on XLR, 10-Pin, TA-3M connectors, or unbalanced on TA-3M or 3.5mm connectors. Auxiliary output buses X1 and X2 are available on balanced TA-3M connectors. Inputs and buses can be routed to four AES3 connections for eight digital outputs on the XLR and 10-pin connectors.
The 664 can record up to 10-track, 16-bit or 24-bit broadcast WAV files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. With its dual card slots, content can be assigned on a per-track basis to either or both cards simultaneously.
Sound Devices is also introducing a companion accessory, the CL-6 Expander, specifically designed to add six analogue line-level inputs to the 664 Production Mixer. – Michael Burns