"It really blew my mind that I could do so much routing, and output/input and level changing on such a compact piece of equipment. It was very freeing to not have to cart around a 50-pound board. I was able to feed a control room, stage PA and the green room, all with one 664!"Daniel S. McCoy, CAS. Tone Mesa, Mixer, Ellen's Design Challenge
The 664 Field Production Mixer is one of the flagships in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. It has 12 analog inputs, four output buses, and records these 16 tracks to both CF and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for a wide range of production applications.
The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range mic/line inputs. These transformer-less preamps offer analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls, and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals. Six line-level inputs, 7 through 12, are available by reassigning direct outputs as inputs from the Input Setup Menu. With an attached CL-6 Controller, inputs 7-12 have dedicated fader control.
In complex, multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 offers three sets of balanced left/right outputs. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. XLR and multi-pin outputs are selectable to AES3 digital.
The 664 can record all inputs and output buses, for 16 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards as either 16- or 24-bit Broadcast WAV files. Scene, take, track, notes, and time code metadata are recorded with the file. All popular production sampling rates are supported. MP3 recording is available for transcription applications.
The 664 was designed with knowledge gained from the industry’s top engineers and from Sound Devices’ expertise in portable mixers. Important controls are on dedicated knobs and switches, while additional features are quickly accessed through the intuitive LCD-based menu control.
With the mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient timecode generator, multiple devices can operate in synchronization. The 664 operates as either a timecode master clock or its clock can be jammed from external timecode. A helpful timecode compare utility shows the difference between internal and external timecode.
The ability to remotely control any 6-Series mixer/recorder (688, 664, and 633) makes for greater convenience and flexibility on set and in the field. With wireless remote control, via iOS or web-based devices, Sound Mixers can:
- Start and stop recordings
- Arm and name tracks
- Edit a take’s metadata
- Circle takes and set False takes
- View, transmit, and receive timecode
- Create sound reports
Since our 6-series users are so passionate, Ambient™ Recording (along with Lockit Network GmBH), as well as Timecode Systems (with PureBlend Software) enhanced some of their existing wireless solutions to work with Sound Devices' 688, 664 and 633 mixer/recorders. In an effort to continuously collaborate with industry partners, as well as support new workflows that may work for our loyal customers, we are excited to say that the 664 firmware release v.3.10 not only offers regular mixer/recorder enhancements, but also supports both third-parties' solutions.
- As always, our firmware updates are free to our customers.
- If you currently have the necessary gear from Ambient, additional investment should be nominal. You can learn more by visiting Ambient's website.
- If you already have the :wave from Timecode Systems and/or PureBlend's MovieSlate app with Sound Dept. PRO, you should be ready to rock as well. You can learn more about the combined solution here from Timecode Systems and MovieSlate
If you have questions about the necessary equipment for either solution, click HERE.
For questions on pricing and where to purchase gear/software from either Timecode Systems, Ambient, or PureBlend Software, please contact them directly as they will be able to best answer any questions about their solutions.
The optional CL-12 linear fader controller significantly expands the mixing capability of the 664. The CL-12 offers 12 100 mm linear faders and sunlight-viewable, 22-segment LED metering with limiter activity. It also offers three user programmable buttons, as well as numerous dedicated back-lit buttons for quick access to key functionalities, such as metadata entry, transport controls, arming, routing, and much more.
The CL-12 comes in two models: the standard CL-12, designed to be a sleek and durable mixing surface with robust black aluminum side panels, and the CL-12 Alaia, which features incredibly smooth gliding Penny & Giles faders and gorgeous custom hardwood side panels.
NOTE: A micro USB power cable (not included) is required when connecting the CL-12 to the 664. Also, Firmware v2.11 or later is required.
CL-6 Input Controller
For applications requiring fader control of inputs 7-12, the available CL-6 Controller adds six dedicated, rotary faders with PFL switches. It also offers additional LED output metering and recording transport controls.