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  1. hello, So I just received my sound devices 633 and it is amazing! But when I was playing around with it I noticed that there are two tiny tiny pixels which are bright in colour when background is black. I did some research and found out that they were stuck pixels and atm I dont know if I should send it back to the shop which will probably take a week before they can send another one back to me if they approve that its a stuck pixel etc. Should I just keep it or get a new one? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Here's a photo of it. The other pixel is so small the camera cant even pick it up lol. http://i.imgur.com/5v0twrs.jpg Cheers!
  2. Hello - I'm wondering if someone could help me out here. I've got a 633, and I'm wanting to make sure I use SD and CF cards from the approved media list. https://www.sounddevices.com/support/approved-media/6-series-approved-media-list In the list, for the SanDisk SD cards, it lists the following (for example): 128... SanDisk ...Extreme PLUS; SDXC/UHS-1, Class 10; 80 MB/s (bold is mine) For some other cards, they sometimes specify read and write speeds, but for the SanDisk lines they only list one number. Is that meant to be the read speed, or write speed? I want to be sure, because when I look for this card on Amazon... https://www.amazon.ca/SanDisk-Extreme-Write-SDSDXN-128G-G46-Version/dp/B00MBFPT1W/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1503881057&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=SanDisk+Extreme+80mb%2Fs+16gb ...it says 80 MB/s on the disk but lists only a 40 mb/s write speed (60mb/s for older model) So, for those who have tried to stick with the approved list, I have a few questions about the SanDisk SD cards: 1) does the required 80 MB/S refer to the read or write speeds? 2) if a similar SanDisk SD card is listed as 90MB/s but has a write speed of 60MB/s, is this acceptable or do the numbers have to be exact? Since the SanDisk SD cards are so popular, I'm thinking I can't be the only one who has wrestled with this. I appreciate any insight. Thanks in advance!!
  3. I've been following the 633 threads but haven't come across any comments about whether it throws any radio interference into your wirelesses. I would think not, since it doesn't have a hard drive, but I thought I'd ask... Any Comments? Cheers, Brent Calkin
  4. I've been doing so Googling but not really come up with anything I'm looking for a SMALL portable single channel mic pre amp with 48V phantom to use with my 688 & 633 Any suggestions?
  5. Hey there, Just wanted to confirm if this is normal and happening to everyone else - ive been using two ucr411 and one lr into inputs 4-6 of my 633 and they are all set at +5 coming in - getting normal level on the transmitters - not hitting red - but when i turn the gain up on the inputs 4-6 to get a good signal (will be pretty high almost highest at +16 or less if possible usually at around +12 - +14 though) on the peaks i get this unusuable clipping sound like someones blowing into the mic? Is this normal for a line input ? should i be playing it less hot ? but then less signal/noise ? have attached recording sample for input 4 - but its the same across the 5 and 6.. Cheers, Joe input4clip.wav
  6. Anyone encountered this? the meters on the ISO's look to be recording as per usual but all monitor outputs are outputting static including pfl's. Tried a cut/re roll as well as full power cycle. firmware 4.50
  7. Outputing from my SD 633 X3/X4 outputs to a Lectrosonics UM400 for IFB. Straight cable is a little too hot. Needs a pad of say -20 db. Handy with a soldering iron. What value are you guys using for resistors R1 and R2?. Diagram below. Don't need a lesson in Ohms law, just too lazy to create a spreadsheet on my own for something that I'm sure a dozen of you guys have done. TIA Or is there enough gain if I wire the TA5 into the lectro line level? I should have known to look on the Lectro site first. Found this. Since I can't delete this entire post, I'll leave it hear so it may help others.
  8. I recorded one of my files as an MP3 on my SD633 and I must say the playback on the SD sounds pretty shocking. I recorded at 192kbps and it is all artifacty and has those high pitch squiggly sounds. It sounds vaguely better played on my PC. Is this a standard thing with the 633? Currently Im just taking the wav files and encoding them using Audacity and they sound a million times (well at least twice) better than the native MP3s. Im going to have a shot with 320kbps and see if its any better. Has anyone else noticed this? Im only trying as a client wants stuff as MP3.
  9. I've been looking at getting 128/256 Gb SD cards to use in my 688 and 633 to use as the back up media. The approved SanDisk 128 appears to be no longer available. Is anyone successfully running larger capacity Non Approved SD cards?
  10. Im looking to make a water proof enclosure for my 633, an np battery and an src receiver. Ideally it would have a clear panel to see meters through. Does not need to be deep water submersible as it will likely be on a kayak deck. Has anyone messed around to make something like this? Opening the lid to adjust gain is probably fine and I will use wingman to roll and cut. Cheers
  11. Hey All, I'm looking for a solution to quickly dump a sound report from my 664 to my iPhone so I can email it off quickly at the end of my workdays. Research so far has led me to WiFi enabled SD cards, WiFi SD card readers and Lightning SD card readers. Currently I think my best potential solution is the WiFi enabled SD cards. It is smallest of the solutions. Most cards seem to have their proprietary apps you have to use to transfer files. Some, like the Eye Fi brand, only allow you to transfer photos and video from cameras. Toshiba Flash Air seems to allow all files to be transferred from their SD cards. Documentation on these products, their specs and transferring functions has not been the easiest to find. NOTE: I am well aware that these cards are not approved media- they would be used to quickly transfer a sound report from the CF to the WiFi SD then onto my iPhone. I am not looking to record successfully on said cards. So before I go blow some $$ on something that may not work, I thought I would ask you wonderfully helpful people here at JWSG: Has anyone had experience using this solution or these WiFi cards in a Sound Devices mixer for simply transferring files to their iPhone/mobile device? Does anyone have another solution that they successfully use to get sound reports to their mobile device in the field without lugging around a laptop? Thanks! Todd Steinhauer
  12. Hi All, I've been in love with the sound of the 744T preamps and was disappointed to learn the 788 doesn't share the same analog preamps. For many reasons the 633 is a very attractive solution to a lot of my recording needs but I frequently record with more than 3 phantom hungry mics at a time and was considering getting a 422 to compliment the 633. Does anyone know if the pres in the 422 are the same analog pres as those in the 744T? Aside from the 422, what are some other great 3-4 channel preamps available to drive the additional 3 line-inputs of the 633? I saw the VCP-M3 serving just that purpose but haven't been able to find a lot of real-world feedback. I do a bit of atmo and foley recording on top of production mixing, so I'm looking for some deep, clean and portable preamps. Thank you for your time and input!
  13. Howdy fellow sound peeps! I figured i will get the ball rolling with a topic about the 633 and the CL-12 and what we want and what we think! I am about to buy one and saw that it doesnt have an EQ which i assume is a hardware limitation but i am happy to be corrected! But otherwise it looks dam sweet! Will try and give feedback once i start using it and feel free to bump this to another form if its been talked about as i couldn't find anything as of yet. Cheers, Piotr
  14. Hey you experienced soundies, I've got a question concerning timecode modes on 633/664. Is there any disadvantage when you use the 24h run mode instead of free run - when used as a master? In my understanding the TC generator stays accurate as long as the mixer is on or the blue LED flashes. It flashes in 24h run mode and in free run as well. Does the 24h run mode stay as accurate as free run or does it permanently sync to the mixer's internal clock, which might not be as good as the TC generator. Or only when TC is lost? Or is the clock that good? Anyone knows? Greets! Mungo
  15. Has anyone had any success pairing an Apple Wireless Keyboard with the Sound Devices 970? If so, how did you do it? I'd also love to use it with my 633, but getting it to work with the 970 is the priority for now. Thanks!
  16. Hi there, After my recent update to the v1.04 SD firmware for my 633 mixer, my Rii wi-fi keyboard dont responds any more... Does anybody out there had this kind of problem with this keyboard or other model ? Does this problem concerns the SD664 mixer too ? Thank you in advance for your help. Bax.
  17. Hi All, My new 633 has crashed/prompted a power cycle - can't see this in the manual. All power is disconnected from the unit and it still displays the message. What to do? Only testing at home today so no stress! Thanks in advance Jerome
  18. Hi Everyone, I'm getting "Media I/O" or "Unknown Media" Errors on the 633 with these approved 16GB Delkin 700X CF Cards. I have two, and the 633 doesn't like either of them. I know KZ or VB numbers have issues, but both cards have the P/N: CF16AJZBR-XX000-P They worked for first few runs... but all of a sudden, do not. Tried recording straight tone, single ISO, mix, or both - Media I/O error under 3 minutes When I try to (re)format - Media I/O error or it locks up. The weird thing is both cards run just fine in my 664. Straight tone to mix, aux, and 6 ISOs for an hour. Any ideas? I could send these back but it just seems like my 633 doesn't like 'em.
  19. Hey Guys, Finally, This is the second of the AO bags to go through the redesign process. Of course this bag is obviously very similar to the previous AO-1.5, the main change is the internal dimensions of the bag. Its the smallest of the AO bags. A lot of enquiries about the handles, pockets and modular sides have been brought up. I am dealing with quite a few requests for custom variations of the bag. I'll be sure to post pictures of these custom requests. Also, If certain customer adaptations or changes prove to be popular, then more than likely, that may well be an adaptation that can be permanently made to the factory stock AO. Thank you again for all your input and suggestions. 2.9lbs Empty, no strap. W11 x D5.5 x H6 The main changes from the old AO-1 are: Large access flap on back. (Media/Battery) With attached external pocket. NP1/BDS/transmitter pockets on both sides. Boom rest/headphone pouch/flask pocket on right. NP1 Velcro locks on each side. Metal harness attachment rings each side. Smaller compact collapsible front pocket. Accessory storage in front pocket. Interior copper colored lining. Longer carry handles. Longer vinyl cover. Double layer vinyl pocket for small equipment. Boom-pole attachment point. 2 x Solid dividers. http://www.portabrace.com/products/audio/organizers/923-ao-1x
  20. Hi again here are a few other items we have in development for our bag line. Please keep in mind that these are still working prototypes and we are still fine tuning and making changes. Please feel free to give any feed back you may have to help us improve our products to make you life better. Below are images of our OR-35 Rain cover and our OR-36 travel cover which ws designed to keep rain, snow, dust and dirt off your bag and gear when you are on traveling. Thanks
  21. Hi all! I know that the topic on bags for the new SD 633 has been covered here before, but no one has posted pics of the CS-633 bag specifically made by Porta-Brace for Sound Devices, the bag included in the full 633 kit. The exact same design seems to be available for the Zaxcom Maxx, so I guess that most of my observations would apply to that bag as well. To start off, let me say that I'd really want to like this bag. As a long-time user of the old blue Petrol PSDMB-302 for my SD 744T and the almost identical newer black Petrol PS607 for my Sonosax SX-R4, both of which come quite close to what I'm looking for in a small lightweight bag for doc work, I was hoping that the new offering by SD / Porta-Brace would even better fit my needs. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit the bill for several reasons I'll try to explain here. Other opinions are of course more than welcome and/or wanted! ;-) The CS-633 is well crafted and is somewhat different from the typical Porta-Brace mixer bag, in that it isn't a bag made specifically for one mixer, with the addition of a separate RM-Multi accessory outer pocket strapped to it with velcro through the standard black hard plastic hoops sewn onto the mixer bag's side walls. The CS-633 design consists of a main mixer compartment, separated from the accessory pocket by a non-removable cordura wall similar to the outer cordura walls of the bag. This fixed wall has two elastic bands sewn into it to firmly hold in place two larger receivers such as the Lectro 411a's. The main mixer compartment is quite shallow, it has exactly the depth of the SD 633 without any battery mounted on it. There's a bottom flap that would probably fit two small or medium sized Sony NP-F type batteries in its normal position. The flap expands to a larger size when unfolded in order to accomodate larger Sony type batteries. With both setups, the batteries would protrude from the main compartment and thus the bag wouldn't stand up. The flap holds in place with a long strip of velcro. There is no padding whatsoever to protect the 633 and/or the batteries when putting the bag down. The 633 mixer/recorder is suspended in the main mixer compartment by two large, heavy-duty velcro flaps on each upper side of the compartment, which are designed to loop through the typical Sound Devices "golf-tee" thingies (thanks Matt!) on each side of the mixer's front panel. The mixer sits perfectly snug in the compartment, although the velcro strips closing the back panel of the bag stick out by about 3-4 millimeters, no matter how hard you try to pull them down when closing the bag... Maybe it's only my bag, though. The accessory pocket is quite large and can be split in half with the supplied orange separator wall that attaches to the inner side walls with velcro. This separator doesn't feature any kind of elastic band for holding in place receivers or other accessories. However, there are two velcro strips sewn into it on one side. The pocket is large enough to accomodate for instance six Lectro 411a's in three rows of two receivers or four 411a's in two rows of two receivers, which would still leave some space for a BDS, a couple of transmitters and an NP1 and its NP-cup. A slot between the side walls of the accessory pocket and the main mixer compartment allows for looping through a few cables. On the top outside border of each side wall you'll find a flat medium duty nylon strap about two and a half inches long on which you could hang cables and other things using a carabiner. The silly thing with the accessory pocket is that while the Lectro 411a's sit perfectly in the bag for showroom purposes, the designers of the bag somewhat totally forgot that the receivers need to be connected to the mixer with a right-angle XLR plug. So when you connect your equipment in the bag, the Lectros will stick out of the bag behind the mixer by about an inch, which looks kind of silly. Now I know that the depth of the bag depends on the depth of the mixer it has been designed for. Well, read on... The back wall of the mixer compartment opens up completely and is held in place by a velcro strip on each side. As I said earlier, these velcro strips protrude from the main mixer compartment by about 3-4 millimeters when the back wall is closed, which I find extremely irritating because the hard side of the velcro scratches the palm of your hand when operating the mixer... There are two black solid plastic hoops on the bottom of the back wall to secure it to the lower straps of a harness. The side flaps of the mixer compartment are the classic fluffy plastic flaps which are closed with an adjustable elastic strap on the far end. These are quite large and seem to be made of some kind of soft cloth and generally feel nicer and of better quality than the cheap nylon flaps (which slowly rot away from the inside over the years) found on the Petrol bags. There are no zippers on these flaps that would allow you to have a cable exit the bag in an elegant way at the seams of the flaps and the bag or provide convenient access to the mixer's connectors. As they are soft, though, you can fold them back easily. The rain cover of the bag is attached with a zipper to the upper front of the bag and is wide enough to protect the equipment on either side and some more. The transparent vinyl window is kind of small, but you'll still see every knob of the mixer, so that's fine at least for me. The cover is also long enough to close it over the whole upper side of the bag and still stick your hands in to operate the equipment, but any receiver antennas will be bent slightly when the rain cover is on, even on the higher blocks such as block 26. The odd thing with this rain cover is that they have sewn in a second, larger transparent vinyl cover to the inside of the cover, with a velcro opening on the bottom. So theoretically, you could slide a cue sheet or something of that sort in between both vinyl windows, but you wouldn't see your equipment any more. Kind of an interesting idea, the downside being that the two vinyl flaps on top of each other make the tiny infos on the 633's screen almost impossible to read or at least very blurry... By the way, the bag comes with a very nice heavy duty leather handle featuring the large steel carabiners usually found on Porta-Brace's bigger Audio Organizers and camera bags. Nice! The bag *DOES NOT* come with a strap. All right, most sound people around the globe probably have gathered a large collection of padded straps over the years, from the heavy duty early Porta-Brace leather straps to the newer medium duty nylon and cordura straps found on Petrol gear and everything in between. But the strap they optionally sell for this bag (for 80 Swiss Francs over here, that's 70 American Dollars, excluding VAT) is of just barely better quality than your standard strap found in a no-name Wal-Mart sports bag made in China for 9 Dollars and 99 Cents. The strap features kind of flimsy black metal carabiners I just wouldn't want to trust for carrying my expensive equipment around the world on a daily basis. The new strap is still better though than the medium-duty leather straps with the ridiculously cheap plastic carabiners Porta-Brace used to ship with their mixer bags a few years ago. I've had these break within a couple of months on *every* bag that came with it. And of course the bag full of expensive equipment drop onto the ground in front of a client. Oops! Let's hope this new strap is going to fare better. As for me, I'll send the strap back for a refund, but YMMV. So on the one hand they give you an excellent heavy duty leather carrying handle you'll harldy use with the bag and on the other hand they sell you a flimsy strap for big $$ which is supposed to carry your expensive gear 10 hours a day for several years. Well, I don't get it, but maybe it's just me. Now let's have a look at the one detail I cannot for the life of me understand and which, in my opinion, makes this bag strictly unusable for everyday use with only a strap. Well, the only suspension point of this bag is the same heavy-duty steel O-ring i've seen on every Porta-Brace bag I've ever encountered in the past 20 years. Great! And that O-ring is sewn to the bag with a heavy-duty, two inches wide nylon strap on each side wall of the bag's accessory pocket. That's right. The accessory pocket, and *not* the center of gravity of the bag, which is somewhere near the back panel of the bag and close to your body, where the heaviest piece of equipment, i.e. the mixer, will sit. This means that if you are planning on carrying the bag around your neck while working with it, the bag will heavily tilt towards your body, and the antennas will tickle your belly, unless you keep your main NP-1 (li-ion) battery, as well as a spare (li-ion) NP-1 battery in the frontmost position of the frontmost pocket of the bag at all times as a counterweight. And of course you won't be able to operate the mixer easily, as the strap will get in your way, and you will need to slide your arms in between the strap and your body towards the mixer, or spread your arms around the straps and back towards the mixer in order to operate it in a normal working position. I know it's silly, and it is beyond my comprehension. The only rational explanation I could come up with so far is connected to the fact that the bag doesn't come with a strap. Maybe this bag was designed for use with a harness only. If you are planning on using this bag with a Porta-Brace, Petrol or Versa-Flex harness, you're good to go. The lower straps of the harness will attach to the plastic hoops on the bottom of the bag's back panel and keep the bag from tilting towards your body. But even with a harness, the straps will get in the way once attached to the bag's steel O-ring. So, in a nutshell: PROS - Nice build quality - Small and lightweight, simple and effective design - Excellent, removable leather carrying handle included - Tailored to precisely fit the mixer - Nice Sound Devices logo on the front ;-) (if you don't like it, tape it down with gaffer tape...) CONS - Costs twice as much as competing products (if you also buy the strap sold separately) - No strap included (maybe on purpose) - The bag's only suspension point is not near its center of gravity - The typical receivers most people on this forum use will stick out of the bag by an inch - No specific space/pouch/pocket provided for an industry-standard NP1 battery - No real padding to protect the gear (could be a PRO point if you like to travel as lightweight as possible) - The bag won't stand up when using Sony NP-F type batteries mounted on the back of the 633 I'd be very glad if regular users of this bag would chime in! As well as our very own Porta-Brace and Sound Devices gurus, of course! Cheers and have a great day! Jürg
  22. This article is a very light-weight account of the Sound Devices 633 itself but hopefully you will find it a little bit motivating and relevant more than anything :-) It's really about me in my country of New Zealand fighting the battle we all fight to get work, to stay on top of ourselves. It helps having this great little unit. http://schurrsound.com/2013/12/sound-devices-633-and-the-new-sound-workflow/
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