At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, Sound Devices unveiled the 664 Production Mixer, the newest addition to its best-selling line of field and production mixers. The new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable production mixers, the 664 builds upon the features of the 552 Production Mixer and offers expanded input/output connectivity and recording capabilities, along with greater flexibility and ease-of-use.
Its six input channels have dedicated controls for trim, fader, pan and PFL. The inputs and four output buses are all recordable, for a total of 10 tracks of recording.
Sound Devices’ 664 contains six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic range transformerless preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, highpass filters, input trim control and direct outputs on every channel. Featuring full analog audio paths for high-performance audio and power efficiency, the 664 also has 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 analog output compliment includes four output buses. The L and R buses are on balanced 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 tracks, 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All six inputs and the unit's four outputs are individually selectable for recording, enabling the mixer to record all 10 channels of audio. With its dual card slots, content can be recorded to either or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign individual tracks to each memory card.
Sound Devices also introduces a companion accessory, the CL-6 Expander, which the company says will begin shipping in late October. The CL-6 is designed to add six analog line-level inputs to the 664 Production Mixer. With the CL-6 attached, the direct output connectors are available as recordable inputs, controlled by faders located on the CL-6 front panel. The CL-6 also offers additional LED output metering and duplicate-recording transport controls. With the 664 Production Mixer connected to the CL-6 Expander, users can now record up to 12 input channels and four outputs, for a total of 16 tracks.