Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder
633
Portable Production Mixer and Recorder
User Guide and Technical Information
Firmware Version 1.02
Sound Devices, LLC
E7556 State Highway 23 and 33 • Reedsburg, WI • USA • 53959
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Table of Contents
Front Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Left (Input) Panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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Right (Output) Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Rear Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Quick Start Guide
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Screen Overview
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Primary Screen Elements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Meter Views. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
L, R, X1, X2, 1-6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
L, R, 1-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Inputs
Input Types. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Input Routing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Pan Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Trim and Fader Relationship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Input/Trim (Analog). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Input Trim (Digital). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Input Fader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Limiters
Limiter Knee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Metering
Meter Ballistics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
VU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Peak + VU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Peak Only. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Peak Hold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Headphone Monitoring
Headphone Gain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Headphone Source Selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Headphone Encoder Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Custom Headphone Presets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Favorite Headphone Source. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Output Setup and Control
Input Settings Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
L, R, 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
L, R, X1-X4, RTN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Routing Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
LCD Daylight Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
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Panel Descriptions
Phantom Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Digital Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
High-pass Filter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Polarity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Input Linking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
M/S Matrixing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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Linking Limiters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Input Activity LED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Headphone Clipping LED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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PFL (Input Solo). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Headphone Bells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
PFL Toggle Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
RTN Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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Master Outputs (XLR-3M). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
AUX 1/2 Outputs (TA3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
AUX 3/4 Outputs (TRS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
AES3 Digital Outputs (XLR-3M). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Adjusting Output Levels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
Slate Microphone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Tone Oscillator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
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Routing Slate and Tone Signals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Recorder Setup and Control
Transport Control (Recording and Playback). . . . . 31
Recording Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Track Arming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Track-to-Media Routing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Track Naming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Digital Audio Format & File Format . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
WAV (Broadcast WAV) File Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
MP3 File Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
MP3 Bit Rate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Sample Rate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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Bit Depth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Recording Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Formatting Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Pre-Roll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
“F Mode” Sample Rates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
48.048k and 48.048kF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Fostex DV40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
47.952k and 47.952kF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Playback. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
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File Management
File List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
File Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
File Structure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Folder Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Automatic File splitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Metadata Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Metadata in MP3 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Sound Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Sound Report Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Overview Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Take List Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Generating Sound Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Take Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Take List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Take Number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
False Take. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Scene Name. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Scene Increment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Take Notes and Phrases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Phrases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Timecode
Timecode Modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Record Run. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Free Run. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Free Run Auto Mute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
24h Run (24 hour Run). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
24h Run Auto Mute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
External Timecode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
External Timecode Auto-Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
External Timecode Continuous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
External Timecode Auto-Record Continuous. . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
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Timecode Frame Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Jam Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Timecode Hold Off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Time Zone and Daylight Savings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Time and Date Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Powering
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External DC Powering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
L-Mount Battery Powering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
AA Battery Powering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Voltage Metering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Power Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Voltage Range. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
PowerSafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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QuickBoot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Power Consumption. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
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Using a USB Keyboard
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Storing and Recalling Settings
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Setup Menu
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Timecode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
File Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Quick Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Front Panel Button Shortcuts
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Connector Pin Assignments
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Specifications
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Analog Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Digital Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Analog Outputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Digital Outputs/Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
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Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Outputs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Limiters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Recorder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Timecode and Sync. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Environmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Dimensions and Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Accessories
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Wave Agent
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Index
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Declaration of Conformity
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Warranty and Technical Support 75
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Panel Descriptions
Front Panel
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1) Input Fader
Primary control for adjusting the level of
Inputs during operation. Ranges from off
to +16 dB. Nominal setting is in the middle (0 dB). The three large knobs control
Inputs 1, 2, and 3. The three smaller knobs
along the bottom control Inputs 4, 5, and
6 (Push to recess; Push again to extend).
2) Gain / Trim (Ch. 1 to Ch. 3)
Coarse input gain control for Inputs 1,
2, and 3. Sets the initial input sensitivity
level so that the Input Fader can be used
for fine gain adjustments. Range is from
+22 dB to +72 dB. Trim level for Inputs 4,
5, and 6 are controlled from the respective
input Settings Screen. (See “Inputs”, page
14)
3) PFL / Input Select Switch
Slide the switch toward the indicated
number to display that input’s Input Settings Screen and PFL (“solo”) the input.
Does not affect Master Output signal.
Slide the switch the same direction again
to deactivate the PFL and return to the
previous screen. To momentarily PFL
an input, slide the switch toward the
input’s number and hold for 1 second or
more. This functionality is altered when
INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 3ch.
(See “Inputs”, page 14)
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4) Input Activity LED
Indicates input signal activity. Illuminates
in various colors and intensities to show
signal level and activity. Green = signal
presence (pre-fader), yellow = limiter
activity (pre- and post-fader), red = signal
overload/clipping (pre- and post-fader),
flashing yellow = input PFL. Input LED’s
for Inputs 1, 2, and 3 are located above
the Input’s Fader knob. Input LED’s for
Inputs 4, 5, and 6 are located directly left
of the Input’s fader knob.
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5) Input Pan (Ch. 1 to Ch. 3)
Controls the Left/Right balance of the input signal to the Stereo Master Bus (Push
to recess; Push again to extend). Inputs 4,
5, and 6 are routed to the Left and Right
mix via the respective Input Settings
Screen. (See “Inputs”, page 14)
6) Transport Control
Controls the Integrated Digital Recorder.
Slide up to Record, press in to Pause/
Stop, slide down to Play, slide left to
Rewind, slide right to Fast Forward. (See
“Recorder Setup and Control”, page 31)
7) Meters Button
Displays the Main Screen which includes
metering, filename, timecode and other
important information. Cycles between
set meter presentations when pressed
from Main Screen ((See “Meter Views”,
page 10)). Returns to Main Screen from
any other Screen.
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8) LCD
Displays contextual operating information and user interface.
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9) Internal Timecode LED
When the 633 is powered down and
timecode Mode is Freerun or 24-Hour
Run, the Internal Timecode LED will flash
blue to indicate that timecode is being
maintained. The 633 will hold accurate
timecode for 2 hours after being powered
down.
10) Power Switch
Two-position slide switch, slides left
to power the 633 off and slides right to
power the 633 on.
11) Power LED
Illuminates green to indicate the 633 is
powered on.
12) Menu Button
Displays the Setup Menu.
13) Headphone Encoder
Main and Input Settings Screen: Turn to
adjust headphone gain. In Main Screen:
Press to select Headphone Source. In
Menus: Turn to navigate; Press to make
selection. In Input Settings Screen: press
to select input source. Headphone gain
and preset selection functions can be
reversed: (See “Headphone Monitoring”,
page 22)
14) Headphone Clipping LED
Illuminates red to indicate headphone
output is approaching clipping level.
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15) RTN / FAV Switch
Slide Left to monitor RTN signal in
headphones. Slide right to activate the
headphone preset that has been marked
as “favorite”. (See “Favorite Headphone
Source”, page 24)
16) Mic / Tone Switch
Slide left to activate the Slate Microphone,
slide again to deactivate. For momentary
action hold for one second or longer. Slide
right to activate the Tone Oscillator. Tone
will latch if held for one second or longer;
slide again to deactivate.
17) Slate Mic / Tone LED
Illuminates green when Slate Mic or tone
is active.
18) Select Encoder
Multi-function encoder. Selects Tracks,
RTN’s, and AUX buses on the Main
Screen. On the Main Screen, press and
hold the Select Encoder and then press
the Meters Button to arm/disarm the
currently highlighted track. With L, R, X1,
X2, X3, X4, or RTN selected, press then
turn to adjust level. Vertical Scroll in matrix windows. Turn to adjust trim level in
Input Settings Screens 4-6 and inputs with
AES selected. Turn to scroll cursor and
press to insert a space character during
text entry. Acts as shift button to access
secondary functions. (See “Front Panel
Button Shortcuts”, page 65)
19) Slate Microphone
The slate mic transducer. (See “Slate Mic
and Tone Oscillator”, page 29)
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Left (Input) Panel
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1) XLR-3F Inputs 1-3
Active-balanced analog microphone- or
line-level input for inputs 1-3 on XLR-3F
connector. Input type is set within the
Input Settings Screen. Can supply 12V
or 48V phantom power. Input 1 can also
accept AES3 or AES42 (Mode 1) signal.
Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3 (-).
2) AUX 3/4 Output
Multi-purpose auxiliary analog output.
Two channels on unbalanced 3.5 mm TRS
connection. Level can be adjusted from
-30 dB (mic level) up to 0 dB (sufficient
for driving headphones). (See “AUX 3/4
Outputs (TRS)”, page 26)
3) Battery Compartment
Holds 6 AA batteries; Three batteries in
two rows held by screw cap. Top row
batteries inserted with negative (-) end
facing out; Bottom row batteries inserted
with positive (+) end facing out.
Panel Descriptions
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4) TA3 Analog Line Inputs 4-6
Analog line inputs 4-6. Pin-1 ground, pin2 (+), pin-3 (-). Float pin 3 to unbalance.
Right (Output) Panel
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1) USB B Connector
USB connection for keyboard or factory
use.
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2) Timecode I/O
Timecode input and output on 5-pin
LEMO® connector.
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3) RTN Input
Unbalanced stereo 3.5 mm female connector for Return audio input. Sleeve =
Ground, Tip = Left, Ring = Right.
4) X1 and X2 Outputs
Line, -10, or Mic level selected in the
Setup Menu section OUTPUTS. Pin-1
ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3 (-). Float pin 3 to
unbalance.
5) DC Input
Accepts DC voltages from 10–18 V for
powering. Pin 1 = Negative (–), pin 4 =
Positive (+).
Panel Descriptions
6) XLR-3M Master Outputs
Balanced analog outputs on standard
3-pin XLR-3M connectors. Mic, Line, -10,
or AES (1,2 and 3,4 on L and R respectively) selectable from Setup Menu section
OUTPUTS. Pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), pin-3
(-). Unbalance by grounding pin 3 to pin
1.
7) Headphone Output
1/4-inch TRS stereo headphone connector. Can drive headphones from 8 to 1000
ohm impedances to very high levels. Tip
= left, ring = right, sleeve = ground.
8) CompactFlash Slot
Accepts approved CompactFlash cards
with the label-side toward the rear of the
633. Compatible with Type I and Type
II cards. High-speed UDMA cards are
recommended for higher track count recording. See http://www.sounddevices.com/
approved for a list of approved media.
9) SD Card Slot
Accepts approved SD/SDHC/SDXC
cards with the notched corner oriented
toward the top of the 633. Insert until it
clicks securely in the slot. The card should
glide smoothly into the slot. Press to eject.
See http://www.sounddevices.com/approved
for a list of approved media.
Rear Panel
B2
B1
Two battery mounts (“slots”) on the rear panel for Sony© L-Series type lithium batteries. Any capacity supported. Battery slots labeled B1 and B2 in the diagram above correspond to the labels in the
Setup Menu section POWER. (See “Powering”, page 52)
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Quick Start Guide
This section provides a brief overview of basic 633 operation. The steps will demonstrate powering
the 633, connecting an analog audio source to an input, connecting headphones, setting up monitoring, preparing media for recording, and making a recording. Refer to the rest of this user guide for
full details on all 633 features.
1)Connect Power
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Connect at least one power source. For external powering, connect a DC powering source (not included) to the DC connector on the Right Panel. For internal powering from AA batteries, unscrew the
battery cap (counter-clockwise), insert six AA NiMH batteries (not included) the battery tubes. Orient
the top three batteries with the positive (+) side facing in and the bottom three batteries with the negative (-) side facing in.
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2)Power On the 633
Slide the Power Switch right. The LCD will briefly display a boot screen with the Sound Devices logo
and then the Main Screen will be displayed:
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3)Connect Audio Source
Using a standard XLR cable, connect a microphone or line level analog source to Input 1 on the left
panel.
Quick Start Guide
4)Power On Input
If the Input 1 trim knob is recessed, pop it up by pushing it in. If the trim knob is rotated fully counterclockwise, the input is powered off. To power the input on, rotate the trim knob clockwise until it
clicks.
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5)Select Input Type
Quick Start Guide
Slide Input 1’s the Input Select Switch left to display the Input Settings Screen for Input 1. Press the
Headphone Encoder to display a list of available input types. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select
an input type and press the Headphone Encoder to select that type. Choose MIC for a dynamic microphone, MIC-PH for microphones requiring phantom power, or LINE for analog line level sources. Slide
Input 1’s the Input Select Switch left again to return to the Main Screen.
6)Connect Headphones
Connect headphones to the 1/4-inch headphone output on the right panel.
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7)Select a Headphone Source
Press the Headphone Encoder to display a list of available headphone Headphone Sources. Rotate the
Headphone Encoder to choose LR ST (The master left and right stereo bus), then press the HEadphone
Encoder to confirm the selection.
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8)Insert SD or CF Media
Open the Media Door on the right panel. The door is secured magnetically. Pull firmly to open. Insert
the SD card with the bottom of the card (the side with metal contacts visible) facing toward the rear of
the 633. Insert the CF card with the top of the card (the side with the manufacturer’s branding label)
facing the rear of the 633.
CF card slot
SD card slot
9)Format Media
The SD or CF card must be formatted before recording. This will erase all data on the card.
1. Press the Menu Button to access the Setup Menu.
2. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight FILE STORAGE.
3. Press the Headphone Encoder to access the FILE STORAGE sub-menu.
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4. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight Erase/Format CF or Erase/Format SD.
5. Press the Headphone Encoder to begin the formatting process.
6. Press the Headphone Encoder to accept the warning messages. The formatting process will
begin.
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7. Press the Meters Button to return to the Main Screen.
10) Use Transport Control to Record and Stop
Slide the Transport Control up to begin recording. The background color of the Take name on the top
of the Main Screen will become red and the absolute time counter on the bottom of the Main Screen
will run to indicate recording is taking place.
Record (slide up)
Stop (push in)
11) Remove Media to Transfer Files
When finished recording, open the Media Door and remove the SD or CF card. To remove the SD card,
push it in to release. To remove the CF card, simply pull it out. Connect the SD or CF card to any computer to transfer files.
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Screen Overview
Primary Screen Elements
The Main Screen displays important information at-a-glance. The Main Screen can be accessed
quickly from any other screen by pressing the Meters Button. Press and hold the Meters Button, then
slide the RTN / FAV Switch to the left to toggle between display of timecode frame rate and sample
rate.
Current take
CF time remaining and audio file format
Active playback media
SD time remaining and audio file format
Power source & level
Meter View
Bus tracks
Unarmed track
Input limiting activity
Armed track
Screen Overview
Input tracks
Powered off Input
SMPTE Timecode
Absolute recording time
Sample rate information
RTN level
Monitor (Headphone) information
(Displays HP level during adjustment)
This screen shot shows default settings. Meter Style can be changed to solid (See “Metering”, page
20) and track names can optionally be shown in the meters (See “Track Naming”, page 32).
Meter Views
Pressing the Meters Button from the Main Screen will cycle through different Meter Views on the
Main Screen. There are 3 views to cycle through and each view can be set to one of four configurations from Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Meter Options: The second and third meter view can be
turned off so that only one meter view is shown on the Main Screen at all times.
L, R, X1, X2, 1-6
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L, R, X1-X4, RTN
Note that the time and date is displayed in place of the small RTN meter on the L, R, X1-X4, RTN Meter
View
Input Settings Screen
Screen Overview
The Input Settings Screen displays all relevant information for the selected input as well as allowing these parameters to be changed. The default method for accessing the Input Settings Screen for
inputs 1-6 is to slide the Input Select Switch toward the desired input number. This functionality can
be altered when Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 3ch (See “PFL Toggle Mode”,
page 25).
When the Input Settings Screen is accessed, that input is soloed in the headphones (the Headphone
Source is changed to PFL of the selected Input). The Headphone Source changes back to its previous
source when the Input Settings Screen is exited. The Input Settings Screen can be entered without
altering the Headphone Source by holding the Select Encoder down while sliding the input Select
Switch. This behavior is reversed when Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 3ch
(See “PFL Toggle Mode”, page 25).
The following two screen shots are of Input 2 and Input 4, respectively. These examples demonstrate
how Input Settings Screens 1-3 differ from Input Settings Screens 4-5.
1) Track Name
2) Input Number
7) Limiter Activity
3) Input Meter
4) Current Fader Gain
5) HPF Frequency
8) Input Selection
9) Headphone Source / Level
10) LR Bus Assignment
6) Aux Bus Assignment
11) Input Polarity
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1) Track Name
2) Input Number
3) Input Meter
12) Trim Gain
5) HPF Frequency
4) Current Fader Gain
8) Input Selection
9) Headphone Source / Level
6) Aux Bus Assignment
1) Track Name
The name of the input’s ISO track. The
Track Name can be edited directly from
the Input Settings Screen. (See “Track Naming”, page 32)
2) Input Number
The Input’s number (1 through 6).
Screen Overview
3) Input Meter
Displays the Input’s signal level and
limiting activity. The level displayed is
the level to the Iso Track and will be preor post-fader depending on the Iso Track
Status. Meter ballistics can be set globally
from VU or Peak+VU in Setup Menu item
SYSTEM > Meter Ballistics. (See “Metering”, page 20)
4) Current Fader Gain
The dB value of the input’s fader. (See
“Trim and Fader Relationship”, page 15)
5) HPF Frequency
Displays the frequency of the Input’s high
pass filter (Or HPF Off when the high
pass filter is off). To adjust the high pass
filter, press the Select Encoder, then turn
the Select Encoder. (See “High-pass Filter”,
page 17)
6) Aux Bus Assignment
Displays the status of the Input’s assignment to the X1 and X2 Output Buses.
Inputs can be routed to X1 and X2 pre- or
post-fader. Slide the Mic / Tone Switch
left for the X1 bus and right for the X2
bus to cycle through the available options. Routed signal is indicated by a red
background and unrouted signal by a
black background. (See “Input Routing”,
page 14)
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10) LR Bus Assignment
7) Limiter Activity
Indicates that limiting is occurring on the
Input. (See “Limiters”, page 19)
8) Input Source
Displays the selected input type. To
change the input type, press the Headphone Encoder, turn it to make a selection, then press it again to confirm the
selection. (See “Input Types”, page 14)
9) Headphone Source / Level
Currently active Headphone Source.
Displays monitor gain during adjustment.
(See “Headphone Monitoring”, page 22)
10) L,R Bus Assignment
Displays the status of the Input’s assignment to the main Left and Right buses.
Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to the right
to toggle routing of Inputs 1, 2, and 3.
Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to the left or
right to toggle routing of Inputs 4, 5, and
6 to the Left or Right bus. Routed signal
is indicated by a red background and unrouted signal by a black background. (See
“Input Routing”, page 14)
11) Input Polarity
Slide the RTN / FAV Switch left to toggle
input polarity. Available on Input 2 only.
(See “Polarity”, page 17)
12) Input Trim
Displays the trim gain on inputs 4, 5, and
6 as well as any input with the source set
to AES42 or AES3. Trim is adjusted on
these Inputs by rotating the Select Encoder while viewing the Input Settings
Screen. (See “Trim and Fader Relationship”,
page 15)
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Routing Screens
Various Routing Screens are present in the 633 interface. A Routing Screen displays available source
signals for routing destination tracks or outputs. An assigned route is indicated with a blue box and
an unassigned route is indicated with a black box.
Sources
Assigned source
Highlighter
Destinations
Unassigned source
To edit routes in a Routing Screen:
Screen Overview
1. Move the orange highlighter to the box to be edited. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to move
the highlighter horizontally. In some Routing Screens, the Select Encoder will also move the
highlighter vertically.
2. Press the Headphone Encoder to toggle the assigned state of the highlighted box.
On some Routing Screens, additional options are available and can be accessed with the Mic / Tone
Switch or the RTN / FAV Switch. These options will be displayed directly above the respective
switches.
Destinations
Sources
Mic / Tone Switch options
RTN / FAV Switch options
LCD Daylight Mode
When engaged, LCD Daylight Mode changes the color scheme of the user interface to be more easily
viewable in environments with bright ambient light or direct sunlight. LCD Daylight Mode can be
engaged from the Setup Menu option SYSTEM > LCD Daylight Mode or toggled quickly by pressing
and holding the Headphone Encoder then pressing the Select Encoder.
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Inputs
The 633 has three, full-featured audio inputs on XLR-3F connectors and three additional line-level
inputs on TA3 connectors. Inputs can be used as either balanced or unbalanced connections. To unbalance, tie pin-3 to pin-1 of the XLR-3M connector of the cable. There is no change in gain between
unbalanced and balanced connections into the 633.
Inputs are configured from their respective input Settings Screen. The default method for accessing
the Input Settings Screen for inputs 1-6 is to slide the Input Select Switch toward the desired input
number. This functionality can be altered when Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is
set to 3ch (See “PFL Toggle Mode”, page 25).
Input Types
Change the input type from the Input Settings Screen (See “Input Settings Screen”, page 11).
The following table describes the available input types.
Inputs
Input Type
Inputs Available
Description
OFF
All
MIC
1, 2, 3
Use with dynamic microphones or other mic-level signals.
MIC-PH
1, 2, 3
Use with phantom-powered condenser microphones only. Provides 48V or
12V phantom power. see Phantom Power
LINE
All
LINE-PH
1, 2, 3
For use with phantom-powered condenser microphones only. Provides 48V
or 12V phantom power, but at a line-level gain range. Useful for recording
extremely loud sounds.
AES42
1, 2*
Digital input with power activated for AES42 (Mode 1) digital microphones.
AES3
1, 2*
Digital input.
Input off.
For use with any line-level source.
* AES42 and AES3 input source option only appears in input 2 when selected as a source for input 1.
Input 1 XLR-3F connector is used for digital input.
Input Routing
Each input of the 633 has a corresponding “ISO” Track that it is permanently routed to. Additionally, each Input can be independently routed to the Left (L), Right (R), Aux 1 (X1), and/or Aux
2 (X2) buses from the Input Settings Screen (See “Input Settings Screen”, page 11). Inputs are
routed to the Aux 1 (X1) and Aux 2 (X2) buses from the X1, X2 Routing Screen (Setup Menu option
OUTPUTS > X1, X2 Routing) and to the Aux 3 (X3) and Aux 4 (X4) buses from the X3, X4 Routing
Screen (Setup Menu option OUTPUTS > X3, X4 Routing).
Input signals are always routed to L and R tracks post-fader. The Pan Control variably adjusts the
level of Input 1, 2, or 3 signal to the L and R tracks. Input signals can be routed to ISO tracks and X1,
X2, X3, and X4 tracks either pre- or post-fader.
•Pre- or post-fader routing to ISO tracks is set per channel from Setup Menu section
INPUTS > Input to ISO Routing.
•Pre- or post-fader routing to X1 and X2 tracks is set from the Input Settings Screen. From the Input
Settings Screen, slide the Mic / Tone Switch to cycle between unrouted (black background), routed
post-fader (red background), and routed pre-fader (red background with PRE label).
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•Pre- or post-fader routing to the X1, X2, X3 and X4 tracks is a global setting that applies to all
inputs routed to the X1, X2, X3 and X4 tracks. This option is configured from theX1, X2 Routing
Screen and the X3, X4 Routing Screen.
Pan Control
The pop-up Pan Control routes Inputs 1, 2, and 3 to the left (L) and right (R) channels of the stereo
Master Bus. The pan pot has a detent in the center position. After setting the pan, the pan control can
be recessed to hide it from the mixing surface during normal operation.
Inputs 4, 5, and 6 are routed directly to the left (L) and/or right (R) channels of the stereo Master Bus
from their respective Input Settings Screens.
Trim and Fader Relationship
The gain of an input is adjusted by two controls, Input Trim and Input Fader. This two-stage architecture is identical to the topology of large mixing consoles and provides a great deal of control.
Input Trim is often thought of as a course gain control and the Input Fader as the fine gain control.
Input 2 Fader
Input 3 Fader
Input 1 Trim
Input 2 Trim
Input 3 Trim
Inputs
Input 1 Fader
Input 4 Fader
Input 5 Fader
Inputs 4, 5, and 6 Trim
Input 6 Fader
Input/Trim (Analog)
Analog input sensitivity for Inputs 1, 2, and 3 is set with the pop-up Trim control knob. Analog input
sensitivity for line-level Inputs 4, 5, and 6 is set by rotating the Select Encoder from the respective
input’s Input Settings Screen (Off, -30 dB to 16 dB). To power down Input 1, 2, or 3 turn the respective trim control fully counter-clockwise until it clicks.
With the Input Fader set to unity gain (0 dB or 12 o’clock), make the appropriate adjustments to trim
levels. Once the coarse gain is set to the desired level, press the Trim control to hide it from the 633’s
mixing surface.
Input Trim (Digital)
The coarse level of a digital input is set by rotating the Select Encoder in the Input Settings Screen of
an input with a digital source. The digital trim level is displayed on the LCD. The digital trim level is
adjustable from -30 to +16 dB.
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Input Fader
The Input Fader is the primary control used while mixing and it affects the level of the Input signal
routed to all post-fader destinations. Use the Input Fader to make fine gain adjustments. The fader
can be attenuated from off (full counter-clockwise position), -36.8 dB to +16 dB (full clockwise position) relative to the set Trim level. To optimize gain structure for the best performance, operate input
faders at or near the 0 dB (unity gain) position.
Inputs 1, 2, and 3 use the large fader knobs. Inputs 4, 5, and 6 use the pop-up fader knobs. To power
down Input 4, 5, or 6, turn the respective pop-up fader control fully counter-clockwise until it clicks.
Phantom Power
Phantom power is enabled on an input during input type selection (See “Input Types”, page 14) (See
“Input Settings Screen”, page 11).
Phantom powering is a fixed DC voltage of either 12 or 48 Volts. This voltage is resistively applied
to pin 2 and pin 3 of an input’s XLR-3F connector, relative to pin 1. In this configuration, there is no
voltage difference between signal pins 2 and pin 3.
The phantom voltage is selectable between 12 and 48 Volts from the Setup Menu item
INPUTS > Phantom Voltage. The selected voltage level applies to all inputs with phantom power
enabled. The factory default phantom power voltage is 48 V.
Digital Inputs
Inputs
The 633 accepts AES3 (AES/EBU) balanced, AES42 (Mode 1) balanced, and AES3 unbalanced digital
signals on the Input 1 XLR-3F connector. The 633 auto-detects between AES3 balanced and AES3
unbalanced digital signals and adjusts accordingly. Digital input gain is controlled by rotating the
Select Encoder from the input’s Input Settings Screen.
Never attach unbalanced connections to an input set for AES42. This can result in damage to the hardware.
To use a digital input:
1. Enter the Input Settings Screen for Input 1. (Slide Input Select switch left or right depending
on the value of Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode) (See “PFL Toggle Mode”, page
25)
2. Press the Headphone Encoder to display the list of available input sources.
3. Turn the Headphone Encoder to select AES3 or AES42
4. Press the Headphone Encoder to confirm the selection.
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AES digital signal carries two channels of audio. When the source of Input 1 is set to AES42 or AES3,
the first channel of the AES signal is present on Input 1 and the second channel of the AES signal is
available on Input 2. Selecting AES42 or AES3 source for Input 2 will connect to the second channel
of the AES signal (plugged into Input 1) and disable input 2’s XLR-3F connection.
The 633’s digital inputs are sample rate converted to the internal recorder’s sample rate.
High-pass Filter
Inputs
Each input channel has an adjustable High-pass Filter controlled by pressing the Select Encoder from
the input’s Input Settings Screen, rotating the Select Encoder to adjust the frequency, then pressing
the Select Encoder again. To disable an input’s High-pass Filter, rotate counter-clockwise until the
value HPF Off is shown.
High-pass (or low-cut/low roll-off) filters are useful for removing excess low frequency energy from
audio signals. Wind noise is a common unwanted low frequency signal that can be reduced with the
use of a High-pass Filter. For most audio applications, engaging the High-pass Filter is beneficial,
because audio information below 100 Hz is rarely used, especially for speech reproduction.
The 633’s High-pass Filter circuit features an adjustable corner (-3 dB) frequency over a range from
80 to 240 Hz. Below 80 Hz, the filter’s slope is 12 dB/octave. At higher corner frequency settings, the
slope is 6 dB/octave. The purpose for this compound slope is to give additional roll-off at the 80 Hz
setting to reduce wind noise and low frequency rumble. The higher settings can be used to counteract the proximity effect of directional microphones where a more gentle slope is desired.
The 633’s High-pass Filter circuit is unique because of its placement before any electronic amplification. Most mixers’ High-pass Filter circuits are placed after the microphone preamplifier, such that
all of the low-frequency signals get amplified. By virtue of the 633’s circuit cutting the low-frequency
signals before amplification, higher headroom is achieved in the presence of signals with significant
low-frequency energy.
When possible, attempt to equalize at the sound source with microphone selection, placement, windscreens, and onboard microphone filtering. Many microphones have on-board high pass filters. Use
the High-pass Filters on the 633 in conjunction with the microphone’s filter to increase the filter’s
slope.
When Setup Menu option RECORDER > Sample Rate is set to 192k, the High-pass Filter is not adjustable. The available options in this mode are Off and 50Hz.
Polarity
Change the polarity of Input 2 from the Input Settings Screen (See “Input Settings Screen”, page 11).
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Polarity reversal is used to compensate for incorrectly wired balanced cables, to prevent signal cancellation when a source is dual-miked from opposite directions, or to reverse left/right with microphones in a mid-side (M/S) configuration.
Input Linking
Input pairs 1-2 and 5-6 can be linked as stereo pairs. Inputs can be linked as a standard stereo pair or
as an M/S matrixed stereo pair (See “M/S Matrixing”, page 18).
When a pair of inputs is linked:
•Each channels’ Trim Control and High-Pass Filter Control work as normal, controlling coarse gain
and High-pass Filtering for their respective inputs.
•The odd channel’s Input Fader controls the post-fader level of both inputs.
•The odd channel’s Pan Control controls the balance of the stereo signal to the Master Bus. When
linked M/S, the odd channel’s Pan Control functions as a left/right balance control for the matrixed
M/S signal.
•The even channel’s Fader Control and Pan Control are disabled.
•The limiters of both inputs are linked.
•The background label of both inputs is connected on the Main Screen.
Linked
Unlinked
Inputs
M/S Matrixing
When input pairs are linked M/S, the odd channel is used for the Mid signal and the even channel is
used for the Side signal. To produce a stereo signal from an M/S configuration, the signal from both
microphones must be processed.
Mid-side (M/S) matrixing is a method for processing audio signal from a cardioid microphone and
a bidirectional microphone into a stereo signal. The cardioid microphone is the “mid” signal and
connects to the odd Input, and the bidirectional microphone is the “side” signal and connects to even
Input. The cardioid microphone is pointed at the sound source, and the bidirectional microphone
is oriented sideways (positioned with its capsule as near as possible to the cardioid microphone’s
capsule). The following diagram shows the relative polar patterns of microphones in an M/S configuration.
Mid Signal
Side Signal
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Limiters
Limiters prevent clipping by attenuating signals that surpass a set threshold. The amount of attenuation is defined by the “ratio” of the limiter and expressed as two numbers. All 633 limiters use a 20:1
compression ratio. This means that signal that exceeds the threshold by 20 dB will exit the limiting
stage at only 1 dB above the threshold.
The time it takes for limiting to begin once signal has exceeded the threshold is referred to as the
“attack time”. The time it takes for limiting to cease once signal has fallen back below the threshold
is referred to as “release time”. Signals that exceed the threshold faster than the limiter’s attack time
can still cause clipping. The 633 limiters have a 1 ms attack time and a 500 ms release time.
The limiters are globally activated when the Setup Menu item LIMITERS > Limiter Enable is set
to Hard Knee or Soft Knee (See "Limiter Knee", page 19). This activates both the input limiters
(Inputs 1 through 6) and all output limiters. Sound Devices recommends using the limiters at all
times. Limiters are present on both mic and line-level inputs as well as the Master L,R tracks and
the X1,X2 tracks. The default threshold of all limiters is 16 dBu and can be adjusted from 4 dBu to
18 dBu (in 1 dBu increments) from Setup Menu options LIMITERS > Input 1-6 PostFade Threshold,
LIMITERS > L,R Threshold, and LIMITERS > X1,X2 Threshold.
Limiters
In normal operation, with a properly set gain structure, the threshold of the Input Limiter is rarely
reached. Without Input Limiters, high signal conditions can overload a channel and cause distortion. The Input limiter is working when the respective input’s Input Activity LED illuminates yellow.
Limiting activity will also be displayed as a yellow square on the right side of the input’s meter on
the Main Screen. If the limiting activity is regularly indicating, reduce the amount of gain applied to
the channel by turning down the Trim control.
Limiter Knee
The “knee” of the limiter determines how the limiter operates in relation to the set threshold. A
“hard knee” leaves all program material below the threshold completely unaffected and attenuates
only those peaks above the threshold. A “soft knee” attenuates the program material slightly before
the threshold (about 6 dB) for a more gradual, tape-like sound.
The knee parameter for the 633’s limiters is set with Setup Menu option LIMITERS > Limiter Enable.
Linking Limiters
When two limiters are linked, both channels will be limited when signal reaches the threshold
in any channel of the pair. Linking inputs as a stereo pair (see Input Linking) also links those inputs’ limiters. Limiters for L,R and X1,X2 channel pairs can be linked with Setup Menu options
LIMITERS > L,R Linking and LIMITERS > X1,X2 Linking.
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Metering
All track levels are displayed on the LCD in the Main Screen. A larger red square under the 20 dBU
marker indicates clipping on the track. A large yellow square indicates limiting activity on the track.
Input clipping
Limiter active
Meters can be displayed with segments or solid lines (Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Meter Display Style). Track Names can also be displayed on top of meters in various
styles (Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Track Names in Meters). The following screen shots demonstrate solid meters and the available Track Name display styles.
Meter Appearance
Track Name Display Style
Off
Left
Left (w/ramp)
Metering
Right
Meter Ballistics
Audio meter “ballistics” is the manner in which a visual meter responds to audio signal levels. The
ballistics of all 633 meters is set globally from Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Meter Ballistics. The
default ballistics setting is Peak + VU.
VU
VU (volume units) meter ballistics correspond closely to how the human ear perceives loudness.
This provides a good visual indication of how loud a signal will be. In VU mode, the attack and
decay of the meter signal is 300 mS. VU meters provide good visual indication of how loud a signal
will be, but provide poor information of actual signal peaks.
Peak + VU
The 633 can simultaneously display VU and Peak level information. In this mode the perceived loudness (VU) is displayed as a standard bar, and the Peak signal as a single, independent segment above
the VU.
Peak Only
Peak-reading ballistics (PPM) correspond to actual signal peaks, but don’t necessarily correspond
to perceived signal loudness. Peak meters have an instantaneous attack and a slow decay to allow
visual monitoring of peak activity. Peak metering is useful when interconnecting to audio inputs on
digital equipment. In the digital realm, signal overload can cause immediate distortion.
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Peak Hold
When Peak Metering is enabled (Peak Only or Peak + VU), peak hold displays the last highest peak value on the meter as a separate, individual meter segment. By default this meter
segment will remain visible for 1 second. This time can be adjusted from Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Meter Peak Hold Time to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 seconds. The Infinity option will display the last
highest peak indefinitely until a higher peak is reached. The Off option will disable peak hold.
Input Activity LED
Each Input has its own Input Activity LED (See “Front Panel”, page 1). The LED illuminates in
various colors and intensities to represent the signal level appearing at its respective input. Green =
pre-fader signal activity, yellow = pre- and post-fader limiter activity, red = pre- and post-fader signal overload (clipping). Reduce the trim level control if the LEDs continuously illuminate yellow or
red. The Input Activity LED will flash yellow when the Input PFL is latched. (See “PFL (Input Solo)”,
page 24)
Headphone Clipping LED
Metering
The Headphone Clipping LED is located just left of the Headphone Encoder. This LED will illuminate red to indicate clipping in the headphone amplifier. Monitoring without a visual indication of
headphone clipping can mislead the sound mixer into thinking that the output or return feeds are
distorted.
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Headphone Monitoring
Headphone Gain
By default, headphone output level is controlled by turning the Headphone Encoder while viewing
the Main Screen or Input Settings Screen (See “Headphone Encoder Mode”, page 23). When adjusting
the headphone gain, the gain value (in dB) is displayed in the lower right corner of the LCD. On the
Main Screen and Input Settings Screen, this space displays the currently selected Headphone Source
when the headphone gain is not being adjusted.
Headphone gain during adjustment
Headphone Monitoring
Headphone Encoder
The 633 can drive headphones to dangerously high volumes. Turn down the headphone gain
before selecting a Headphone Source to prevent accidental signal extremes.
Headphone Source Selection
Default Headphone Sources
Custom headphone preset
Named custom headphone preset
By default, to select the Headphone Source: Press the Headphone Encoder while viewing the Main
Screen (See “Headphone Encoder Mode”, page 23). This will display the Headphone Source selection
menu. Turn the Headphone Encoder to change the source, and press the Headphone Encoder to exit
the menu (The menu will also exit automatically after 2 seconds of inactivity from the Headphone
Encoder). The signal to the headphone outputs will immediately change as the Headphone Encoder
is rotated and the selected Headphone Source will be displayed on the Main Screen in the lower left
corner.
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Headphone Source
LR ST
Description
Master Bus in stereo.
LR Mono
Master Bus summed mono to both ears.
L Mono
Left channel of Master Bus sent to both ears.
R Mono
Right channel of Master Bus sent to both ears.
LR M/S ST
Mid-Side Stereo - Master Bus decoded M/S stereo to headphones, this is not to be used if
the inputs are already linked as an M/S pair.
X1X2
Aux Bus in stereo.
HP Preset
HP Presets 1-10 are customizable Headphone Sources. See Headphone Presets
Presets can be removed from the Headphone Source selection menu from Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Headphone Preset List.
Headphone Encoder Mode
Headphone Monitoring
The functions for selecting a Headphone Source and adjusting headphone gain can be switched by
setting Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Headphone Encoder Mode to Preset/Vol. When this mode is
engaged, turning the Headphone Encoder from the Main Screen will select Headphone Sources. To
adjust the headphone gain from the Main Screen, press the Headphone Encoder and then turn the
Headphone Encoder to adjust headphone gain. Turning the Headphone Encoder will continue to
adjust gain until 2 seconds have elapsed with no gain adjustment, at which point turning the Headphone Encoder will once again select Headphone Sources.
Custom Headphone Presets
Ten custom Headphone Sources are available. These headphone presets can be edited, named and
saved. To edit a custom headphone preset:
1. From the Main Screen, press the Headphone Encoder to access the Headphone Source List.
2. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight the desired preset.
3. Slide the Slate/Tone Switch to display the Headphone Preset Editing Screen. This screen is a
routing screen, with the left and right headphone signal labeled with green text. Sources with
a blue background are assigned to that channel of the headphones, and sources with a black
background are not assigned to the headphone channel.
HP Preset name
Assigned source
Unassigned source
Highlighter
M/S decoding
Mono summing
Favorite preset
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4. To toggle the assignment of a source, turn the Headphone Encoder to highlight the source
and press the Headphone Encoder to toggle the assignment. Editing occurs in real time and
source adjustments will be heard in the monitors.
5. (Optional) Slide the Slate/Tone switch left to toggle M/S decoding for the preset. M/S decoding will decode the entire preset and should not be used if inputs are already linked M/S.
6. (Optional) Slide the Slate/Tone switch right to toggle mono summing of the preset. Mono
summing will ignore left and right assignment and put all active sources in both channels of
the preset.
7. (Optional) To name a Headphone Preset, slide the RTN/FAV switch left and enter the name
using the on-screen keyboard or attached USB keyboard.
8. (Optional) Slide the RTN / FAV Switch right to toggle this preset’s Favorite status (See “Favorite Headphone Source”, page 24). Press the Meters Button, Stop Button, or Select Encoder to
exit the Preset Editing Screen.
Favorite Headphone Source
Any single Headphone Source can be set as the “favorite”. The Favorite Headphone Source can be
recalled quickly by sliding the RTN/FAV switch right from the Main Screen. To set a Default Headphone Source as the Favorite Headphone Source:
Headphone Monitoring
1. From the Main Screen, press the Headphone Encoder to access the Headphone Sources selection menu.
2. Highlight one of the default Headphone Sources (LR ST, LR Mono, L Mono, R Mono,
LR M/S ST, or X1X2)
3. Slide the Slate/Tone switch left or right. The background of the SET FAV text on the LCD will
become blue to indicate that the highlighted Headphone Source is now the Favorite Headphone Source.
Slide the RTN/FAV right in the Preset Editing Screen to set a Custom Headphone Preset as favorite.
(See “Custom Headphone Presets”, page 23).
PFL (Input Solo)
When any input’s PFL is activated, the currently selected Headphone Source is replaced with the
signal of the selected input (This signal will be pre- or post-fader depending on the input’s setting
in Setup Menu option INPUTS > Input to ISO Routing). The selected input’s Activity LED flashes
yellow when the input’s PFL is engaged. Additionally, the PFL number will appear in the lower right
corner of the Main Screen.
When Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 6ch (default), entering the Input Settings Screen will also engage PFL for that input. Hold the Select Encoder while sliding Input Select
Switch to display the Input Settings Screen without engaging PFL on the input.
When Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 3ch, the Select Encoder and Input
Select Switch are used together to access inputs 4, 5, and 6 PFL or Input Settings Screens. (See “PFL
Toggle Mode”, page 25)
PFL monitoring only affects the headphone monitor; It does not affect audio sent to the outputs or internal recorder.
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Headphone Bells
The start of a recording can be indicated audibly by a single 440 Hz tone sent to headphones.
When recording is stopped two 220 Hz tones can be sent to the headphones. The Record/Stop Bell
can be enabled from the Setup Menu item SYSTEM > Record/Stop Bell. The Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Warning Bell Level allows adjustment of the level of the Record/Stop Bell.
PFL Toggle Mode
When Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode is set to 3ch, the behavior of the Input Select
Switches is altered. The following table describes 3ch PFL Toggle Mode functions. (See “Headphone
Monitoring”, page 22)
Function
Input Select Switch left
PFL input 1, 2, or 3.
Input Select Switch right
Displays Input Settings Screen for input 1, 2, or 3.
Press and hold Select Encoder
+
Input Select Switch left
+
PFL input 4, 5, or 6.
Press and hold Select Encoder
+
Input Select Switch right
+
Displays Input Settings Screen for input 4, 5, or 6.
Headphone Monitoring
Button Action
RTN Monitoring
The RTN Input can be monitored quickly by sliding the RTN/FAV switch left. The Monitor Mode
RTN will be displayed on the Main Screen in the lower left corner. In Meter Views (See “Meter Views”,
page 10) that do not include a large RTN meter, a smaller RTN meter is displayed directly under
the Headphone Source:
The RTN level can be padded from 0 dB down to -30 dB. To adjust the RTN level:
1. Ensure that one of the chosen Meter Views in Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Meter Options
includes “RTN”.
2. Press the Meters Button until a Meter View appears that displays the RTN meters.
3. Rotate the Select Encoder to highlight the RTN meter label.
4. Press the Select Encoder. The background of the RTN meter label will become orange to indicate that level adjustment mode is accessed. This level adjustment mode will automatically
end if the Select Encoder is not rotated before 2 seconds.
5. Rotate the Select Encoder to adjust the RTN level. The dB value will be displayed in the lower
right corner of the LCD during adjustment.
6. Press the Select Encoder again, or simply wait 2 seconds. The background color of the RTN
meter label will become grey to indicate exit from level adjustment mode.
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Output Setup and Control
Master Outputs (XLR-3M)
Master Left (L) and Right (R) analog signal output is provided on a pair of balanced XLR-3M
connections. Each output can be independently set to Line (+4 dBu nominal), -10, or Mic level
(40 dB of attenuation versus Line) from the Setup Menu options OUTPUTS > XLR-L Out and
OUTPUTS > XLR-R Out. The master outputs are capable of driving long cable runs.
When set to output analog signal, the Master XLR-3M Outputs always carry the L and R bus signal,
respectively. Signal is routed to the L and R buses from each inputs’ Input Settings Screen by sliding
the RTN / FAV Switch left or right. Both the Left (L) and Right (R) XLR-3M outputs can be independently set to provide AES digital signal. Various sources can be routed to AES Digital Outputs. (See
“AES3 Digital Outputs (XLR-3M)”, page 27)
AUX 1/2 Outputs (TA3)
Output Setup and Control
AUX 1 (X1) and AUX 2 (X2) analog signal output is provided on a pair of balanced TA3 connections. Each output can be independently set to Line (+4 dBu nominal), -10, or Mic level
(40 dB of attenuation versus Line) from the Setup Menu options OUTPUTS > TA3-X1 Out and
OUTPUTS > TA3-X2 Out.
Signal can be quickly routed to the X1 and X2 buses from each inputs’ input Settings screen by sliding the Mic / Tone Switch left or right.
Signal can also be routed to the X1 and X2 buses from the X1, X2 Routing Screen (See “Routing Screens”, page 13). The X1, X2 Routing Screen is accessed from Setup Menu option
OUTPUTS > X1, X2 Routing. ISO tracks or L and R tracks can be routed individually to X1 and X2
buses (routing any ISO track to a bus will unroute tracks L and R to that bus and routing L or R to
any bus will unroute any ISO tracks to that bus).
Highlight the routing and press the Headphone Encoder to adjust the routing between off (black),
post-fade (Blue), or pre-fade (Green). L and R tracks can only be routed post-fade. Selecting the
All ISO Tracks option on this routing screen will change all active X1, X2 routes to pre- or post-fade.
Post-fade routing
Pre-fade routing
AUX 3/4 Outputs (TRS)
AUX 3 (X3) and AUX 4 (X4) analog signal output is provided on a single, 3.5 mm, TRS connection.
This connection is wired unbalanced with Tip: X3 positive, Ring: X4 positive, Sleeve: Shared ground.
Signal is routed to the X3 and X4 buses from the X3, X4 Routing Screen (See “Routing Screens”, page
13). The X3, X4 Routing Screen is accessed from Setup Menu option OUTPUTS > X3, X4 Routing.
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L, R, and ISO track routings to X3 and X4 can be set to pre- or post-fader. This setting is independent
of the values set in Setup Menu option INPUTS > Input to ISO Routing. The All ISO Tracks option on
this routing screen globally applies pre- or post-fade status to all ISO track routings to X3 and X4.
Output Setup and Control
The Headphone Source in the X3, X4 Routing Screen is a special source which is a copy of the active
Headphone Source. Changing the Headphone Source will change the Headphone L and Headphone
R sources routed to X3 and/or X4 (See “Headphone Source Selection”, page 22). This feature is useful
for sending a copy of the monitor signal to a boom operator or other production members.
RTN signal can not be routed to X3 and X4 buses. When Headphone signal is routed to X3 or X4 and
RTN signal is routed to the headphone preset, RTN signal will be present in the headphone output but
not in X3 or X4.
AES3 Digital Outputs (XLR-3M)
There is a total of 4 available channels of digital output on 2 connections. Each of the XLR3M outputs can be configured to output AES3 digital signals from the Setup Menu options
OUTPUTS > XLR-R Out and OUTPUTS > XLR-L Out.
Any track can be routed to any AES output in any combination. ISO Tracks are routed to
AES outputs pre- or post-fader depending on the Input’s setting in Setup Menu section
INPUTS > Input to ISO Routing.
Signal is routed to the AES outputs from the AES Output Routing Screen (See “Routing
Screens”, page 13). The AES Output Routing Screen is accessed from Setup Menu option
OUTPUTS > AES Output Routing.
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Adjusting Output Levels
The nominal level of analog outputs can be adjusted from Setup Menu options OUTPUTS > XLR-L Out, OUTPUTS > XLR-R Out, OUTPUTS > TA3-X1 Out, and
OUTPUTS > TA3-X2 Out. The available options are Mic, Line, and -10.
The master level of L, R, X1, X2, X3, and X4 buses can be adjusted in 1 dB increments from 0 dB
down to -30 dB / Off. To adjust the bus levels of L, R, X1, X2, X3, or X4 buses:
1. Press the Meters Button repeatedly until a Meter View is displayed that includes the output
to be adjusted.
2. Rotate the Select Encoder to highlight the meter label of the output to be adjusted.
3. Press the Select Encoder. The background of the output’s meter label will become yellow to
indicate that level adjustment mode is accessed.
4. Rotate the Select Encoder to adjust the level. The dB value will be displayed in the lower right
corner of the LCD during adjustment.
5. Press the Select Encoder again, or wait 2 seconds. The background color of the meter label
will become grey to indicate exit from level adjustment mode.
Output Setup and Control
Output level adjustments do not affect tone signal from the 633’s tone generator.
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Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
The 3-position Mic / Tone Switch controls both the slate microphone and the tone oscillator.
Slate Microphone
The 633’s built-in slate microphone is used to notate scenes from the mixer location. Its audio performance is not suitable for critical recording applications; it should be used for documenting scenes
and for communication purposes only.
Slide the Mic / Tone Switch left to activate the slate mic. The green Slate Mic LED will illuminate to
indicate that the slate mic is active. Slide the Mic / Tone Switch left again to deactivate the slate mic.
Hold the Mic / Tone Switch left for 1 second to activate the slate mic momentarily (until the switch is
released).
Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
Tone Oscillator
Slide the Mic / Tone Switch right to activate the tone oscillator. Hold the Slate / Mic Switch right
for more than 1 second to lock the tone oscillator on. When the tone oscillator is locked on, slide the
Slate / Mic Switch right again to deactivate. The Slate Mic / Tone LED will illuminate green to indicate tone is activated.
Default tone is a continuous 1000 Hz sine wave at a level of 0 dBu. These parameters can be
changed with Setup Menu options SYSTEM > Tone Level (0 dBu - 20dBu in 1 dB increments) and
SYSTEM > Tone Frequency (100 Hz - 10,000 Hz in 10 Hz increments).
Hold down the Select Encoder while sliding the Mic / Tone Switch right to cause tone level to
“pulse” in the L channel (to assist in identifying channels). This pulsing behavior can be made the
default (so that the Select encoder does not need to be held down) by setting Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Tone Mode to L Ident.
Routing Slate and Tone Signals
By default, the slate microphone is routed to L, R, X1, X2, X3 and X4. By default, the tone oscillator is routed to all tracks and outputs. Slate and tone signal is routed to any combination
of L, R, X1, X2, X3, X4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 from the Slate and Tone Routing Screen (See “Routing Screens”, page 13). The Slate and Tone Routing Screen is accessed from Setup Menu option
SYSTEM > Slate & Tone Routing:
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When the slate mic or tone oscillator is activated, program audio is muted on the destinations they
are routed to and replaced with slate or tone signal.
Slate signal is always sent to both headphone channels. Tone signal is always sent to both headphone channels, unless the current Headphone Source is RTN. This is to allow calibrating levels with
another device (A camera, for example) by monitoring output signal of the device while sending the
633’s tone to that same device.
Slate signal is not present on AES digital outputs.
Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
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Recorder Setup and Control
The 633 features a powerful multi-track digital audio recorder. The internal recorder can record up
to 10 tracks to mono or poly Broadcast WAV files or 2 tracks of compressed MP3 audio (See “File Format”, page 39). Data is written to removable CompactFlash (CF) and SD/SDHC/SDXC (SD) cards.
(See “Recording Media”, page 35)
Transport Control (Recording and Playback)
The 5-position Transport Control is used to perform all recording and playback functions. The 633 is
a record-priority device. Pressing Record or Play from any screen will begin recording or playback.
Direction
Action
Tilt the Transport Control Up
Begins recording a new file.
Pause / Stop
Press the Transport Control
During Record, press once to stop recording. During Playback, press once
to pause, press again to stop. In standby, hold to display next take name.
Play
Tilt the Transport Control Down
Begins playback of the last file recorded or file currently loaded. (See
“Playback”, page 37)
Rewind/
Load Previous
Take
Tilt the Transport Control Left
While in Stand-by, tilt left to load the previous take. While in playback, tilt
and hold left to rewind.
Fast Forward/
Load Next Take
Tilt the Transport Control Right
While in Stand-by, tilt right to load the next take. While in playback, tilt and
hold right to fast forward.
Recorder Setup and Control
Function
Record
Recording Tracks
Each input of the 633 has a corresponding “ISO” Track that it is permanently routed to. The routing
of ISO Tracks 1-6 can be adjusted to pre- or post-fader (See “Input Routing”, page 14). Four additional record tracks are available which correspond to the stereo Master Bus (L,R) and the stereo Aux
Buses (X1,X2.)
Track Arming
The armed status of a track is indicated on the Main Screen with a red background in the track label.
An unarmed track label’s background will be grey.
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Master Bus L,R (Armed)
Aux Bus X1,X2 (Unarmed)
Iso Tracks (Armed)
Iso Tracks (Unarmed)
To toggle the armed status of a track, turn the Select Encoder to highlight the track, press and hold
the Meters Button, then press the Select Encoder. The background color of the track will change to
indicate the new arming status. If an input is off (Trim 1-3 Control fully counter-clockwise, Fader 4-6
fully counter-clockwise, or Input Selection set to Off), the track label will be black.
Track-to-Media Routing
Recorder Setup and Control
The 633 supports simultaneous recording to CF and SD media (See “Recording Media”, page 35). By
default, all armed tracks are recorded to both cards as a polyphonic WAV file. Recording options are
set independently for each memory card from the Setup Menu items RECORDER > Record to CF and
RECORDER > Record to SD. Each item can be set to the following settings:
Setting
Tracks Recorded
File(s) Generated
Off
None (0 tracks)
No file
Wav Poly
All armed tracks (0-10 tracks)
Polyphonic WAV file
Wav Poly (ISOs only)
Armed ISO tracks (0-6 tracks)
Polyphonic WAV file
Wav Poly (LR only)
Armed L and R tracks (0-2 tracks)
Polyphonic WAV file
Wav Poly (X1X2 only)
Armed X1 and X2 tracks (0-2 tracks)
Polyphonic WAV file
MP3 (LR)
Armed L and R tracks (0-2 tracks)
2-track MP3 file
MP3 (X1X2)
Armed X1 and X2 tracks (0-2 tracks)
2-track MP3 file
Wav Mono
Armed Tracks (0-6 tracks)
Mono WAV files
Wav Mono (ISOs only)
Armed ISO Tracks (0-10 tracks)
Mono WAV files
Track-to-Media routing also determines the file and digital audio format. Selecting WAV or MP3 in
these Setup Menu options will result in WAV or MP3 files to be written during recording. (See “Digital Audio Format & File Format”, page 34)
Track Naming
Track Names are stored in the metadata of each recorded file. The following list displays the default
track names:
• Track L: MixL
• Track R: MixR
• Track X1: Aux1
• Track X2: Aux2
• Track 1: Ch1
• Track 2: Ch2
• Track 3: Ch3
• Track 4: Ch4
• Track 5: Ch5
• Track 6: Ch6
Track Names of previously recorded files and track names of all subsequently recorded files can be
edited. Tracks can be renamed from the Setup Menu or the Input Settings Screen.
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To rename tracks from the Input Settings Screen:
1. Enter the Input Settings Screen of the Track to be renamed. The method for doing this depends on the setting of Setup Menu option INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode.
2. From the Input Settings Screen, Slide and hold the Input Select Switch in the same
direction used in step 1 and hold it for 1 second. If renaming tracks 4, 5, or 6 with
INPUTS > PFL Toggle Mode set to 3ch, hold down the Select Encoder while sliding the Input
Select Switch.
3. Using the on-screen keyboard or attached USB keyboard, enter the Track’s name.
4. Slide the RTN / FAV Switch right to accept the changes.
To rename tracks from the Setup Menu:
1. Enter the Take List (Press and hold the Menu Button then press the Headphone Encoder or
FILE STORAGE > Take List)
2. To edit track names of subsequently recorded files, rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight the next take (indicated by orange text and the phrase “[next]”). To edit the track names
of a previously recorded take rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight that take.
3. Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to enter the take’s Metadata Edit screen.
Recorder Setup and Control
4. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to highlight the Track to be edited, then push the Headphone
Encoder to edit that track’s name.
5. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select a Track Name from the list. If the desired Track
Name is not in the list, scroll to the bottom of the list and select <Add New Entry>.
The list of track names is a single list that is shared between all tracks. The list can contain 70 Track
Names. When the list reaches 70, old Track Names must be deleted before adding new Track Names.
To reset the Track Name list to defaults, choose <Load Default List> from the Track Name list in the
Metadata Edit screen. Note, This will reset the Track Name list for all tracks no matter which track
was selected in the Metadata Edit screen.
Track Names can be displayed on the Meters of the Main Screen. To enable track
names on the meters, select one of the Track Name display styles in Setup Menu option
System > Track Names in Meters. The following screen shots illustrate the available Track Name
display styles.
Meter Appearance
Track Name Display Style
Left
Left (w/ramp)
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Meter Appearance
Track Name Display Style
Right
Digital Audio Format & File Format
Two digital audio formats are available on the 633: Uncompressed PCM (WAV) and compressed
MPEG Layer III (MP3). Uncompressed PCM audio is stored in a WAV file format and compressed
MPEG audio is stored in an MP3 file format. The WAV format is used for projects where audio quality is critical. The MP3 format is typically used for projects where audio quality is not as critical as
storage space (When recording speech for transcription, for example).
Recorder Setup and Control
Feature
WAV
Maximum track count
MP3
10
2
L, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, X1, X2
L, R or X1, X2
All
44.1 kHz or 48 kHz
Metadata
Complete metadata support per Broadcast
Wave File (BWF) standard.
Limited metadata support.
Audio data
Uncompressed
Compressed
7.6 MB - 33 MB per track, per minute
Dependant on sample rate
500 KB - 1.2 MB per track, per minute
Dependant on MP3 Bit Rate
Available recording Tracks
Allowed sample rates
Storage space used
WAV (Broadcast WAV) File Format
The 633 writes AES-31 Broadcast Wave formatted files. The audio files created by the 633 include
additional information (Metadata) in the file’s header, bEXT (Broadcast Audio Extension) and iXML
data chunks (See “Metadata Fields”, page 41). Software that does not recognize these additional
broadcast wave data chunks will simply ignore them.
MP3 File Format
MPEG Layer III is a lossy compression algorithm, often used for transcription recording purposes.
The 633 records two-channel MP3 audio files with data rates of 320 kb/s, 192 kb/s, or 128 kb/s.
MP3 files do not utilize the any standard container format. No industry-standard tagging format has
defined for the MP3 file format. The 633 utilizes the de facto standard ID3v1 tagging format to store
relevant metadata. (See “Metadata Fields”, page 41)
MP3 Bit Rate
When recording MP3 files, the 633 (and all other MP3 encoders) compresses data to achieve a particular bit rate. The bit rate refers to how many bits of data per second are encoded into the MP3 file.
A larger bit rate yields a larger file with higher audio quality while a smaller bit rate yields a smaller
file with lower audio quality. To adjust the bit rate of recorded MP3 files, access Setup Menu option
RECORDER > MP3 Bit Rate. The 633 records two-channel MP3 audio files (See “Track-to-Media Routing”, page 32) with data rates of 320 kb/s, 192 kb/s, or 128 kb/s.
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Sample Rate
The 633’s digital audio recorder can record digital audio in the at the following sampling rates:
• 44.1 kHz
• 47.952 kHz
• 47.952 kHz “F” (files stamped 48 kHz)
• 48 kHz
• 48.048 kHz
• 48.048 kHz “F” (files stamped 48 kHz)
• 88.2 kHz
• 96 kHz
• 192 kHz
The sampling rate is set from Setup Menu item RECORDER > Sample Rate. The current Sample Rate
is displayed on the Main Screen. All digital input signal is sample rate converted to the 633’s sampling rate.
When recording MP3 to any media (See “Track-to-Media Routing”, page 32), sample rate is restricted
to 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. A warning dialog will appear when attempting to record MP3 at an incorrect
sample rate and recording will be prevented.
Bit Depth
Recorder Setup and Control
When recording WAV files, the 633 records either 16 or 24 bit files. The bit depth for recorded WAV
files is set from the Setup Menu option RECORDER > Bit Depth.
Bit depth defines the digital “word length” used to represent a given sample and correlates to the
maximum dynamic range that is represented by the digital signal. Larger bit depths accommodate
more dynamic range. Sound Devices recommends 24-bit recording for all critical production.
Recording Media
The 633 records to approved removable CompactFlash (CF) and SD/SDHC/SDXC (SD) cards. The
633 can write to one or both of these cards at the same time. Visit www.sounddevices.com/approved for
an up-to-date list of tested and approved cards.
The SD card is inserted with the bottom of the card (the side with metal contacts visible) facing
toward the rear of the 633. Press until it clicks. To remove, push in again to release the spring-loaded
connector, then pull the SD card out.
The CF card is inserted with the top of the card (the side with the manufacturer’s branding label)
facing the rear of the 633. The final few millimeters of insertion require light force. To remove the CF
card, grip it firmly and pull it out.
If the CF card is oriented correctly, it will slide in easily until only a few millimeters are protruding. If
the CF card is oriented incorrectly, it will slide in easily until over 1 cm of the card is still protruding, at
which point it will not slide anymore and further pressure could damage the CF slot.
Formatting Media
Before recording to CF or SD media, cards must be formatted. To format cards in the 633:
1. Press the Menu Button to enter the Setup Menu.
2. Turn the Headphone Encoder to highlight FILE STORAGE, then press the Headphone Encoder to enter the FILE STORAGE section.
3. Turn the Headphone Encoder to highlight Erase/Format CF or Erase/Format SD, then Press
the Headphone Encoder to begin the formatting process.
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Media can also be formatted from the File List Screen by highlighting the desired media, sliding the RTN
/ FAV Switch left or right, then selecting Erase/Format from the available options.
The 633 uses the FAT32 file system for all cards 32 GB or less in capacity. Cards with a capacity
greater than 32GB are formatted with the exFAT file system. FAT32 and exFAT are compatible with
all current major operating systems.
The exFAT file system is not compatible with Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.6.4 or lower.
Pre-Roll
To prevent missing record cues or up-cutting takes, the 633 has pre-roll buffering available. When
active, pre-roll begins recording at a set number of seconds preceding the record command. The PreRoll time can be adjusted from 0 to 6 seconds the Setup Menu option RECORDER > Pre-Roll Time.
Maximum pre-roll time is reduced in the following conditions:
•When recording mono WAV files to any media: 3 second maximum pre-roll time.
Recorder Setup and Control
•When RECORDER > Sample Rate is set to 88.2k or 96k: 3 second maximum pre-roll time.
•When RECORDER > Sample Rate is set to 192k: 1 second maximum pre-roll time.
•Pre-Roll is disabled when the timecode mode is set to Record Run,
External Timecode Auto Record, or External Timecode Continuous Auto Record. This prevents
possible overlapping timecode numbers between adjacent files.
“F Mode” Sample Rates
48.048k and 48.048kF
The 48.048kF mode (F stands for “fake”, “faux”, or “Fostex”) is a specific compatibility mode for use
with the Fostex DV40 software (1.74 and previous), Avid, Final Cut Pro, and other post-production
environments that do not recognize audio files written at 48.048 kHz. In this mode files are recorded
at a 48.048 kHz sampling rate but are stamped at 48 kHz. When played, they will play back 0.1%
slower than real time.
One use for the 48.048kF mode is to force a 0.1% speed reduction (pull down) of audio to match
MOS-telecined film (24 fps-to-NTSC) in non-linear edit systems, such as Avid or Final Cut Pro. Since
the file is stamped as a 48 kHz file, the edit system will play it back at 48 kHz and not at 48.048 kHz.
This “audio pull down” will match the transferred picture without the need for an intermediate step
through other software to create the pull down.
When using 48.048kF sample rate, set Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Frame Rate to 30ND or
24. When set to 30ND, files will be stamped with a frame rate of 29.97. When set to 24, files will be
stamped with a frame rate of 23.97ND.
Fostex DV40
When using files recorded in the 48.048kF mode with a DV40 with early software, set the DV40 timecode frame rate to 29.97ND. Timecode stamps will properly match the original timecode start times.
47.952k and 47.952kF
Both 47.952 and 47.952kF settings use a record sampling rate of 47.952 kHz, 0.1% lower than 48 kHz.
The 47.952kF mode, however, identifies the file as being recorded at 48 kHz.
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When using 47.952kF sample rate, set Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Frame Rate to 23.97ND or
29.97ND. When set to 23.97ND, files will be stamped with a frame rate of 24. When set to 29.97ND,
files will be stamped with a frame rate of 30ND.
MP3 recording is not allowed in “F Mode”.
Playback
The 633 can play back any file it has recorded. To play back the last file recorded or loaded, press the
Play Button. In the Take List or File List, pressing the Play button will initiate playback of the highlighted take.
When playback begins, the file name will be displayed on the Main Screen with a green background.
The time code and absolute time areas of the Main Screen will display the time code and absolute
time of the file being played back. Pressing the Stop button will pause playback, and pressing the
Stop button when playback is paused will stop playback.
Recorder Setup and Control
The media that files will be played back from is highlighted with a green background on the Main
Screen and RTN Screen. To toggle the default playback card, press and hold the Headphone Encoder
then press the slide the Transport Control down (Play).
By default, playback will be routed to all outputs of the 633. To limit playback to headphone outputs only, set Setup Menu option OUTPUTS > Playback to Outputs to Headphones Only. During
playback, Input PFL switches will solo the respective ISO track of the playing file to the headphone
output.
WAV files recorded on the 633 will play back to tracks as they were recorded. MP3 files recorded on the
633 will always play back to the L and R tracks.
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File Management
The 633 writes files to both CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) storage media. Storage media must be formatted prior to use with the 633. CF and SD storage media inserted
into the 633 can be formatted with Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > Erase/Format CF and
FILE STORAGE > Erase/Format SD respectively. The 633 formats cards of 32 GB or less with the
FAT32 file system. Cards with a capacity greater than 32 GB are formatted with the exFAT file system. To manage files on 633 media using a computer, simply remove the media from the 633 and
insert into a compliant CF or SD card reader connected to a computer.
The exFAT file system is not compatible with Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.6.4 or lower.
Visit www.sounddevices.com/approved for an up-to-date list of tested and approved cards.
File List
File Management
The File List displays all files on the CF or SD card. To access the File List, select Setup Menu option
FILE STORAGE > File List. The File List can also be accessed by sliding the Slate/Tone Switch left or
right while viewing the Take List. When entering the File List, the first view is the Root Menu:
In the Root Menu of the File List, use the Headphone Encoder to highlight either the CF or SD card.
Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to access options for the highlighted card. Press the Headphone Encoder
to display the listing of files and directories on the highlighted card.
When audio files are highlighted, various metadata information is displayed for that file on the right
half of the display.
File List: Files on SD card
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Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to access File Options for the highlighted file, directory, or storage
media. The following table lists the File Options that are available for files, directories, and storage
media:
File Option
File
Directory
Storage Media
Copy
Copies file to the other storage
media.
Copies directory and its conCopies all files and directories
tents to the other storage media. to the other storage media.
Delete
Deletes file.
Deletes directory and its
contents.
Create Sound Report
Creates a CSV sound report
of all files in the directory and
saves the report there.
Creates a CSV sound report of
all files in the root of the storage
media and saves the report
there.
Rename
Changes the name of the directory.
Changes the volume label of the
storage media.
Empty Trash
Available only on TRASH and
FALSETAKES directories. Deletes the contents of the folder.
Deletes the contents of the
TRASH directory on the storage
media.
Erase/Reformat
Formats the storage media.
File Format
File Management
The 633 records audio to the industry-standard Broadcast Wave file format. Additionally, the 633 can
record to MP3 format. Recording WAV or MP3 is selectable per media, from the Setup Menu items
RECORDER > Record to CF, and RECORDER > Record to SD. The 633 can write files to both cards
simultaneously. (See “Digital Audio Format & File Format”, page 34)
File Structure
The 633 records polyphonic or monophonic audio files. A polyphonic take consists of one file with
multiple tracks, whereas a monophonic take consists of one file for each track, per take.
A polyphonic take and file name consists of a scene name, take number, and a file extension. For
example, for scene S01, take T01, the polyphonic file name and take name are both S01T01.wav.
S01T01.WAV
scene number
extension
take number
A monophonic take name is the same as a polyphonic take name, however the file name of each
track differs slightly. Each file (track) of a monophonic take is named with the take name, followed
by an underscore character (“_”), followed by the track designator.
S01T01_3.WAV
scene number
extension
take number
track designator
Note that the track designator is not the same as the track name on the 633:
• The track name on the 633 is indicated on the Input Settings Screens and meters and is stored in
the iXML and bEXT metadata of each file.
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• The track designator differs in order to maintain proper interleave order of the tracks. It is used in
the file name of each mono file of a mono take.
• The channel number is another designator stored in the iXML and bEXT metadata of each file and
is similar to the track designator, except that AUX tracks have numeric channel numbers.
The following table shows the association between track names, track designators, and channel numbers.
Track
Track Name
Track L
MixL
Track Designator Channel Number
1
1
Track R
MixR
2
2
Track 1
Ch1
3
3
Track 2
Ch2
4
4
Track 3
Ch3
5
5
Track 4
Ch4
6
6
Track 5
Ch5
7
7
Track 6
Ch6
8
8
Track X1
Aux1
F
15
Track X2
Aux2
G
16
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X1 and X2 are interleaved as 15 and 16 to ensure compatibility with the 664.
Folder Options
All files generated by the 633 can be saved to the Root directory, a Project Folder, a Daily (Roll) Folder, or a Scene Folder (Files are saved to the Root directory by default). File organization is managed
in the Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > FOLDER OPTIONS. Folder choices include TOP-LEVEL,
MID-LEVEL, and BOTTOM LEVEL FOLDERS. Folders are created when the record key is pressed.
This reduces the likelihood of empty folders.
Each folder resides in the folder one level below it. If the folder one level below the target folder is
set to <None>, the target folder will reside in the next level folder that is set to something other than
<None>.
Each folder level has a corresponding list of available names that can be edited manually by the user.
To add an entry to the list of folder names of any folder level:
1. Access Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > FOLDER OPTIONS
2. Select desired folder level and press the Headphone Encoder.
3. Rotate the headphone Encoder to select <Add New Entry> then press the Headphone Encoder. Use the on-screen keyboard to compose a name for the folder.
4. Slide the RTN / FAV Switch right to create the folder name and select it for this folder level.
Top-Level (Project) folder. The Top-Level folder can be named manually or set to <None>. The
name of the Top-Level folder will also be stored in the PROJECT field of the iXML and bEXT chunks
of all subsequently recorded WAV files.
Mid-Level (Tape/Roll/Daily) folder. The Mid-Level folder can be named manually, by the date, or
set to <None>. When set to <Daily>, a folder will be automatically created and named according to
the date. Whenever a new day occurs, the 633 will prompt asking if the user would like to create a
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new daily folder. With an example date of August 20th, 2012, the naming format of the daily folder
would be: 12Y08M20. The name of the Mid-Level folder will also be stored in the TAPE field of the
iXML and bEXT chunks of all subsequently recorded WAV files.
Bottom-Level folder. The Bottom-Level folder can be named manually, by scene name, or set to
<None>. When set to <Scene>, a new folder will be created each time the scene name is changed.
Automatic File splitting
During recording, the 633 will split a take that exceeds 4 GB into multiple files. The split is sampleaccurate, so files joined together in post-production will be seamless. The maximum file size that the
633 creates can be adjusted from the Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > File Max Size. The following file size options are available:
• 4GB
• 2GB
• 1GB
• 640MB
• 512MB
When recording MP3 files, splits will not be seamless.
Metadata Fields
File Management
633 Broadcast Wave Files include iXML (revision 1.5) data and bEXT chunk data. For bEXT and iXML-aware software applications this data is available. For applications that don’t recognize bEXT or
iXML, this information is ignored. The following chart details the supported metadata parameters.
• iXML: Metadata stored in the Broadcast Wave iXML chunk
• bEXT: Metadata stored in the Broadcast Wave bEXT chunk
• FMT: Metadata stored in the Broadcast Wave Format chunk
4 = supported
Metadata
Type
Notes
Read
U = Entered by User
M = Automatically Entered by the Machine
Write
General Information
Project
iXML
U; via Folder Options menu Top-Level
4
4
Roll (Tape)
iXML, bEXT
M; uses creation date or is overridden by User 4
U; via Folder Options menu Mid-Level
4
Scene
iXML, bEXT
U; via Scene Name menu
4
4
Take
iXML, bEXT
M or
U; via Take Name menu
4
4
Notes
iXML, bEXT
U; via HDD menu
4
4
Circle Take
iXML
U; via Take List menu
4
4
File UID
iXML
M; Unique File Identifier
File Sample Rate
iXML, FMT
U; via the Sample Rate menu
Digitizer Sample Rate
iXML
U; Actual sample rate of AD converter
Bit Depth
iXML, FMT
U; via Bit Depth menu
4
4
Channels
iXML, FMT
U; Number of channels (tracks) in the file
4
4
Frame Rate
iXML, bEXT
U; via Frame Rate menu
4
4
TC Flag (ND or NDF)
iXML, bEXT
U; via Frame Rate menu
Start Time Code
iXML, bEXT
M; Stored as a sample count since midnight
4
4
4
4
Time Code Information
4
4
4
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Duration
M
4
4
4
4
U-Bits
iXML, bEXT
U
Time Code Sample Rate
iXML
M
4
Channel Index
iXML
M; Track Number
4
Interleave Index
iXML
M
4
Track Name
iXML, bEXT
U; via Track Names menu or HDD menu
Master Speed
iXML
M
4
Current Speed
iXML
M
4
Speed Note
iXML
M
4
Originator
bEXT
M
4
Creation Date
bEXT
M
4
4
Creation Time
bEXT
M
4
4
Originator Reference
bEXT
M
4
Software Version
bEXT
M
4
Family UID
iXML
M; shared by files belonging to the same take
4
Total Files
iXML
M; number of files representing a take
4
File Set Index
iXML
M
4
iXML
M
4
Track Information
4
4
Speed Information
Originator Information
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File Set Information
File History
Original File Name
Metadata in MP3 Files
Metadata is included in MP3 files inside the ID3 tags. Metadata in MP3 files can not be edited with
the 633. The following table shows the ID3 fields that metadata is stored in and the format in which
it is stored (Square brackets denote variables and are not included in actual metadata).
Metadata
ID3 Field
Format
Timecode value
Artist Name
TC=[HH:MM:SS:FF]
Scene name and Take number
Track Title
SC=[scene name] TK=[take number]
Frame rate and Duration
Album Title
FR=[frame rate] D=[duration]
Sound Reports
The 633 can generate sound reports as a comma separated values (CSV) file. CSV files can be opened
and edited by any common spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, Apple
Numbers, Google Docs, and many more.
MP3 files are not included in Sound reports.
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Sound Report Setup
A sound report consists of two sections: A Take List section which provides information for each
take in the folder the sound report was generated in, and an Overview section that contains ancillary
information to the Take List section. The Overview section is first, followed by the Take List section.
Overview Section
The following table lists the rows that make up the Overview section.
Description
Default
Project:
The name of the project.
<NONE>
Producer:
The name of the producer.
<NONE>
Director:
The name of the director.
<NONE>
Job:
The title of the job.
<NONE>
Date:
The date. The <System Date> option will insert the current system
date (In MM/DD/YY format) at the time the report is generated.
Location:
The location.
<NONE>
Sound Mixer:
Your name.
<NONE>
Phone:
Your phone number. Limited to numbers and symbols.
<NONE>
Email:
Your email address.
<NONE>
Client:
Client’s name.
<NONE>
Boom Op:
Boom operator’s name.
<NONE>
Prod.Co:
The name of the production company.
<NONE>
Prod.Co. Tel:
Production company telephone number. Limited to numbers and
symbols.
<NONE>
Mics:
Notes about mics used.
<NONE>
Comments:
Miscellaneous comments.
<NONE>
Roll:
The roll / daily identifier.
<NONE>
Media:
Media type
<NONE>
File Type:
File type. Options are <Current Selection> (WAV Poly or MP3) or
<None>
<Current Selection>
File Type:
File type. Options are <Current Selection> (WAV Poly or MP3) or
<None>
<Current Selection>
Sample Rate:
Sample rate of recorded audio. Options are <Current Selection> (At
time of report generation) or <None>
<Current Selection>
Frame Rate:
Timecode frame rate. Options are <Current Selection> (At time of
report generation) or <None>
<Current Selection>
Bit Depth:
Bit depth of recorded audio. Options are <Current Selection> (At time
of report generation) or <None>
<Current Selection>
Tone Level:
The amplitude of the 633’s tone generator. Options are <Current
Selection> (At time of report generation) or <None>
<Current Selection>
<System Date>
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Row
Information in the Overview section is managed in the Setup Menu option
FILE STORAGE > Sound Report Info. The 633 derives information for the overview section from
these settings at the time the sound report is generated.
Take List Section
The following fields make up the Take List section. Each row of this section corresponds to a take,
and each field corresponds directly to the metadata of that take (bEXT and iXML).
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• File Name
• Scene
• Take
• Length
• Start TC
• Trk 1 to Trk 16 (16 fields)
• Notes
Generating Sound Reports
A sound report can be generated for all the files in any folder on the 633. Sound reports are created
from the File List.
To generate a sound report:
1. Press and hold the Menu Button and then press the Headphone Encoder to access the Take
List.
2. Slide the Slate/Tone Switch to access the File List.
3. To create a sound report for the files at the root level of the CF or SD card, highlight the
desired card and skip to the next step. To create a sound report for one folder only, use the
Headphone Encoder to navigate to the folder and highlight it (do not go into the folder).
4. Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to access folder options for the highlighted folder.
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5. Select the Create Sound Report option. A CSV file will be created in the selected folder.
Sound reports created for at the root level of the CF or SD card will be saved as REPORT.CSV
in the root of that media. Sound Reports created in a subfolder will be named with the last six
characters of that folder followed by “_REPORT.CSV”.
Take Management
Take List
The Take List consists of recorded takes on all media. Takes are listed in the left column in the order
they were recorded, with the most recent take at the top. The right column displays details about the
highlighted take, including:
• TC: Start timecode value of the take.
• Card: What media the take resides on.
• Folder: The folder that the take resides in.
• Scene: The scene name of the take.
• Take: The take number of the take.
• Date: The date that the take was recorded.
• Notes: The notes metadata field.
To access the Take List press and hold the Menu Button, then press the Headphone Encoder. The
Take List can also be accessed from the Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > Take List. The top take
in the Take List is displayed with orange text. This is a special entry that represents the next take to
be recorded. Editing the metadata of this entry will affect all subsequent recordings.
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Take Number
A take is a single recording that is represented by a single poly or mp3 file or a group of monophonic
files on each media. Takes are labeled numerically and begin at the number 1. Each new recording
creates a new take. The take number will increment by one until it is reset. Take numbers will be two
digits to 99 (01-99) and digits will be added accordingly from 100 and up. By default, take numbers
will reset when a new Scene is selected or when a new Daily folder is created. This behavior can be
changed with the Setup Menu option FILE STORAGE > Take Reset Mode. The take number is written in the file name (preceded by the letter “T”) and stored in the metadata of each recorded file. (See
“File Structure”, page 39)
To manually set the take number:
1. Enter the Take List (Menu Button + Headphone Encoder press or FILE STORAGE > Take List)
2. Highlight the next take (indicated by orange text and the phrase “[next]”) and slide the RTN /
FAV Switch.
3. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select Take.
4. Using the Headphone Encoder in the numeric entry dialog, enter a new take number. The
next take will use this take numbers and subsequent takes will increment from this number
until the take number is reset.
To change set the take number of an already recorded take:
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1. Enter the Take List (Menu Button + Headphone Encoder press or FILE STORAGE > Take List)
2. Highlight the take to be edited and slide the RTN / FAV Switch.
3. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select Take. The take number will be changed in the metdata of all files for this take, and all files for this take will be renamed to reflect the new take
number.
False Take
To mark the last recorded take as a false take and decrement the Take number, press and hold the
Headphone Encoder, then slide the Transport Control left (Rewind). A dialog will appear to confirm
the false take action. When a take is confirmed as a false take, it will be moved to the FALSETAKES
folder on each media and the take number will be decremented by 1. Files will remain in the FALSETAKES folder until they are deleted or the card is formatted.
Scene Name
A scene is a logical group of takes. Its name can be any combination of letters or numbers up to 9
characters in length. The scene name will only change when a new scene name is entered by the user
or when the scene is incremented. The scene name is written in the file name and stored in the metadata of each recorded file. (See “File Structure”, page 39)
To enter and select a new scene name:
1. Enter the Take List (Menu Button + Headphone Encoder press or FILE STORAGE > Take List)
2. Highlight the next take (indicated by orange text and the phrase “[next]”) and slide the RTN /
FAV Switch to access the Scene Name List.
3. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select scene name from the Scene Name List.
4. Using the Headphone Encoder, select an existing scene name and press the Headphone
Encoder to select this scene name. To enter a new scene name, select <Add New Entry> and
enter a new scene name.
To edit the scene name of an already recorded take:
1. Enter the Take List (Menu Button + Headphone Encoder press or FILE STORAGE > Take List)
2. Highlight the take to be edited and slide the RTN / FAV Switch to access the Scene Name List.
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3. Rotate the Headphone Encoder to select scene name from the Scene Name List.
4. Enter a new scene name. The scene name will be changed in the metdata of all files for this
take, and all files for this take will be renamed to reflect the new scene name.
A scene name can be removed from the Scene Name List by sliding the Slate/Tone Switch right when the
scene name is highlighted in the Scene Name List.
To quickly edit the scene name, press and hold the Headphone Encoder then slide the RTN / FAV
Switch left. This will display the on screen keyboard where the scene name can be edited directly.
When accessed during record, the scene name of the currently recording take will be edited. When
accessed at any other time, the scene name of the next take will be edited.
Scene Increment
By default Scene names will not increment. When Setup Menu option
FILE STORAGE > Scene Increment Mode is set to either Character or Numeric, scene names can be
incremented manually by pressing and holding the Headphone Encoder, then sliding the Transport
Control right (Fast Forward). If the current scene name does not end in a number or letter, a “1” or
“A” will be added (for Numeric or Character increment mode, respectively). If a scene name does
end in a letter or number, the letter or number will be incremented.
Take Notes and Phrases
File Management
The Notes metadata field is used to provide extra information about a take that is not accounted for
with the other metadata fields.
Phrases
Often, a particular phrase will be used in the notes field of many different takes. To save data entry
time, the 633 provides the ability to save phrases that can be entered into the notes field quickly. To
edit, create, and use phrases:
1. Enter the Take List (Menu Button + Headphone Encoder press or FILE STORAGE > Take List).
2. Highlight the take to be edited, and slide the RTN / FAV Switch left or right.
3. Select the Notes field and press the Headphone Encoder.
4. Select <Use Phrase> and press the Headphone Encoder to enter the Phrase List.
5. To use a phrase, select it in the list and press the Headphone Encoder. To create a new phrase,
slide the RTN / FAV Switch right. To edit a phrase, select it in the list and slide the Slate/Tone
Switch right. To delete a phrase, select it in the list and slide the Slate/Tone Switch left.
The Phrase List can also be accessed by holding the Headphone encoder and then sliding the RTN /
FAV Switch right. When using this shortcut during recording, the phrase selected will be applied to
the currently recording take. When using this shortcut during standby, the phrase will be applied to
the last take recorded. This shortcut is not available during playback.
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Timecode
The 633 holds accurate timecode for up two hours between battery changes using its internal, Li-Ion
timecode battery. After two hours without power, the 633 reverts to a slightly less-precise time-ofday crystal to maintain the date/time of the unit. This timecode battery is charged whenever the 633
is powered up.
If the time-of-day clock is reset during the production day or if the timecode mode is changed from
24 hour run to another mode and back, the timecode value will change. You must re-jam all timecode
devices to ensure proper synchronization.
File-based recorders place a timecode and frame rate stamp in the bEXT and iXML chunks of an
AES31 (Broadcast WAV) file. During playback, the 633 generates SMPTE timecode from this number
and extrapolates it based on the timecode frame rate.
All files generated by the 633 have timecode numbers that begin on the 0 frame (or 02 in DF modes)
and end on the 0 frame such that a file’s duration is always an integer number of seconds long. If
necessary, pre-roll and post-roll is dynamically applied to accomplish this. This simplifies synchronization in post-production.
Timecode
Sound Devices Wave Agent Beta for Mac OS and Windows computers allows users to add or edit Beginning Timecode Stamps. (See “Wave Agent”, page 71)
The timecode value is always displayed on the all Meter Views. By default, the timecode frame rate
is displayed on the L, R, X1-X4, RTN Meter View only and the recorder sample rate is displayed in
that position on all other Meter Views. The following image shows the L, R, X1-X4, RTNL, RTNR
Meter View with default settings.
Time code value
Time code frame rate
To toggle this display mode (so that the recorder sample rate is displayed on the L, R, X1-X4, RTNL,
RTNR Meter View only and the timecode frame rate is displayed on all other Meter Views), press
and hold the Meters Button, then slide the RTN / FAV Switch left.
The display position and size of the timecode and absolute time can be switched on all Meter Views
from Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Display Mode.
Timecode Modes
The timecode mode determines if the 633 generates or reads timecode and when timecode runs and
stops. Timecode mode is changed from the Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Timecode Mode.
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Record Run
Rec Run - Generator mode. The 633 sends running timecode while recording and stationary timecode while not recording. Timecode in this mode defaults to the last stationary value at power-up.
When switching to Record Run from another mode, the internal generator will stop at the last number generated. A user-defined value can be jammed into the internal generator from the Setup Menu
option TIMECODE > Set Generator TC.
Free Run
Generator mode. Time code runs continuously. The value can be set by “jamming value” in the Setup
Menu option TIMECODE/SYNC > Jam Menu or by manually setting a value from the Setup Menu
option TIMECODE/SYNC > Set Generator TC.
Free Run Auto Mute
Functions the same as Free Run mode except timecode signal is muted from the LEMO output when
the 633 is in stopped mode. This allows rec-run functionality when Rec Run mode is not suitable
(e.g. Multi-camera shoots).
24h Run (24 hour Run)
Generator mode. Time code runs continuously. When this Time Code Mode is selected or when
the time/date is altered, the time code value is jammed to the value of the time-of-day clock. The
value can be set by “jamming value” in the Setup Menu option TIMECODE/SYNC > Jam Menu or by
manually setting a value from the Setup Menu option TIMECODE/SYNC > Set Generator TC.
Timecode
24h Run Auto Mute
Functions the same as 24h Run mode except timecode signal is muted from the LEMO output when
the 633 is in stopped mode. This allows rec-run functionality when Rec Run mode is not suitable
(e.g. Multi-camera shoots).
External Timecode
Ext-TC - Reader mode. The internal timecode generator follows an external timecode signal appearing at the timecode input. If the external timecode is removed the internal generator stops as well.
Recording is triggered manually with the Transport Control.
External Timecode Auto-Record
Ext-TC Auto-Rec - Reader mode. The internal timecode generator follows an external timecode signal appearing at the timecode input. If the external timecode is removed the internal generator stops
as well. The 633 automatically begins recording when running timecode is sensed. When stopped
timecode is sensed, recording stops. (See “Meter Ballistics”, page 20)
External Timecode Continuous
Ext-TC/Cont - Reader mode. The internal timecode generator follows an external timecode signal
appearing at the timecode input. If the external timecode is removed the internal generator continues
to run to preserve continuous timecode. Recording is triggered manually with the Transport Control.
External Timecode Auto-Record Continuous
Ext-TC Auto-Rec/Cont - Reader mode. The internal timecode generator follows an external timecode
signal appearing at the timecode input. If the external timecode is removed the internal generator
continues to run to preserve continuous timecode. The 633 automatically begins recording when run-
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ning timecode is sensed. When stopped timecode is sensed, recording stops. (See “Meter Ballistics”,
page 20)
Timecode Frame Rate
The frame rate of the timecode generator is set with the Setup Menu option
TIMECODE > Frame Rate. When using an external timecode mode, ensure that the 633’s frame rate
is equal to (or cross-jam compatible) the external frame rate. When the incoming timecode frame
rate differs from the 633’s frame rate, the frame rate indicator on the L, R, X,1, X2, X3, X4, RTN Meter
View will flash the incoming frame rate in red and 633’s frame rate in white.
Jam Menu
The Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Jam Menu displays the timecode Jam Menu. This special
screen displays detailed information about the 633’s internal SMPTE timecode generator and SMPTE
timecode present on the 633’s timecode input.
External timecode value
External timecode frame rate
Internal timecode value
Internal timecode frame rate
Timecode
The difference between external and internal timecode.
External user bits
Internal user bits
To jam the 633’s internal timecode (and User Bits) to external timecode, press the Headphone Controller while the Jam Menu is displayed. To leave the Jam Menu without jamming to external timecode, press the Menu Button, Meters Button, or Stop Button.
The Difference field is useful for checking timecode drift between the 633 and external timecode
devices.
User Bits
To set User Bits, use Setup Menu option TIMECODE/SYNC > Set Generator UBits. Using the headphone encoder, set any UU fields to the desired value. Bits are not saved until Done is pressed. User
bits can be set manually or generated dynamically from date values by setting the User Bits Mode.
When User Bits Mode is set to uu:uu:uu:uu, values can be set manually. Other modes will populate
the user bits value with year (“yy”), month (“mm”), and day (“dd”) values.
“UU” values are retained with the PowerSafe battery and will be reset 2 hours after shutdown.
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Timecode Hold Off
Some devices that send rec-run timecode will sometimes have a tendency to send short bursts of
running timecode or incorrect values. When using timecode to trigger recording on the 633 (External
timecode auto-record modes) this behavior can result in unintentional recordings or incorrect timecode stamps on the 633. To eliminate these problems, the 633 features a Timecode Hold Off function.
Timecode
When using external timecode auto-record modes, the 633 will wait (“hold off”) for the amount of
time specified in Setup Menu option TIMECODE > Hold Off before beginning recording. Running
timecode lasting less than the Timecode Hold Off value will not trigger a recording on the 633.
Things to consider when using Timecode Hold Off:
•This feature only applies in Ext-TC Auto-Rec and Ext-TC Auto-Rec/Cont.
•If Pre-Roll is set, it will be applied (See “Pre-Roll”, page 36). Pre-Roll will only capture audio from the initial detection of a timecode signal. If no Pre-Roll is selected, the file will begin
after the Hold Off time expires. It is best practice to set Pre-Roll, in the Setup Menu option
RECORDER > Pre-Roll Time, to a value greater than the selected Timecode Hold Off value. This ensures that audio is captured from the moment a timecode signal is detected and that unintentional
files triggered by short bursts of timecode are not generated.
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Time and Date Settings
Properly setting the time and date is important for file metadata, file system functioning, and some
timecode functions. To set the time and date, access Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Set Time/Date.
Rotate the Headphone Encoder to move the orange highlighter to the desired field. With the desired
field highlighted, press the Headphone Encoder to edit the field, rotate the Headphone Encoder to
change the value, and press the Headphone Encoder again to set the value.
Time Zone and Daylight Savings
Time and Date Settings
Setting the correct GMT time zone and daylight savings values is important for correct data
stamping on the exFAT file system. These settings are configured with Setup Menu options
SYSTEM > Daylight Savings Time and SYSTEM > Time Zone. The following map displays the GMT
time zones.
Time and Date Format
The format of the date (as displayed in BWF metadata and as used in the naming of the Daily folder)
can be in a month/day/year, day/month/year, or year/month/day format. Change this setting
from the Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Date Format.
The format of the time (as displayed in BWF metadata and on the Main Screen) can be set to 12 or 24
hour mode from Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Time Format.
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Powering
The 633 features a Quad Powering configuration with PowerSafe technology. Any of three power
sources can be attached simultaneously: External DC power, 2 Rear-mounted L-Series batteries,
and internal AA batteries (NiMH or Lithium chemistries preferred) (See “AA Battery Powering”, page
52). When multiple power sources are connected, the 633 will use only one source at a time. The
order of precedence for power sources is:
1. External DC power. (EX)
2. B1 L-Series battery. (B1)
3. B2 L-Series battery. (B2)
4. Internal AA batteries. (IN)
5. PowerSafe circuitry (Shutdown)
When the active power source is removed (or its voltage depleted), the 633 will display a notice on
the LCD indicating which source it is switching to.
To force a complete shutdown of the 633: Slide the Power switch to the Off position then press and
hold the Menu button for 5 seconds. The LCD will briefly flash to indicate that the unit is completely
powered down. This will turn off the timecode backup battery, requiring timecode to be rejammed
and user bits to be reset upon next power up.
Powering
External DC Powering
The 633 can be powered from any DC voltage from 10 to 18 VDC. Pin-4 of the locking, Hirose connector is positive (+) and pin-1 is negative (–).
By default, the 633 will switch from external DC powering to the next available power source
when the voltage at the external DC connection drops below the voltage set in Setup Menu option
POWER > Ext DC Ref. Setting the external DC reference to a value appropriate for the type of battery
being used for external powering will maximize runtime with that battery.
The 633 can be configured to power down (instead of switching power sources) when the external
voltage drops below the external DC reference by setting Setup Menu option POWER > Ext DC Loss
to Shutdown. This option allows the 633 to be powered up and down by switching the external DC
power source on and off.
L-Mount Battery Powering
Up to two L-Series batteries can be attached to the rear of the 633. Several power capacities are available in this battery type, ranging from 1000 mAh to 7000 mAh. Larger amp-hour batteries provide
more run-time. The L-Series battery mounts are referred to as B1 and B2. The B1 mount is nearest to
the input panel and the B2 mount is nearest to the output panel.
The 633 uses only one L-Series battery at a time. When both batteries are mounted, B1 will be used
first. When the B1 battery is depleted or removed, the 633 will switch to B2 (if present).
AA Battery Powering
The 633 uses six AA-sized (LR6) batteries. The 633 can use NiMH, 1.5V Lithium, or Alkaline AA batteries. Run time will be very limited when using Alkaline batteries (30 minutes to 1 hour, depending
on settings). NiMH or Lithium batteries are the preferred type because of the approximate 2x to 4x
run time compared to Alkaline batteries.
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Voltage Metering
The Main Screen displays a DC Voltage Indicator in the form of a battery icon that indicates the
power source currently in use and its level. When the battery icon is filled green, the voltage of the
active power source (internal or external) is full. The background color will change from green, to
yellow, to orange, and to red as voltage depletes.
Good
OK
Warning
Critical. No other backup power sources available. Automatic shutdown will occur soon.
The DC Voltage Indicator will only flash red when there are no other connected backup power
sources remaining with adequate voltage. When the DC Voltage Indicator is flashing red, automatic
shutdown will occur soon. During automatic shutdown, the 633 will display a warning, stop any
active recordings, finish writing files, and shut the 633 down. The PowerSafe Battery will power the
633 during this time.
Powering
Power Screen
Specific, numeric voltage levels of all connected power sources can be monitored from the Power
Screen. The Power Screen is accessed from the Setup Menu: POWER.
Power source in use
Disconnected power source
Each power source and its voltage level is displayed on the Power Screen. Disconnected power
sources have a black background and no voltage level. The power source currently in use has a thick,
white border.
Voltage Range
The voltage range of the DC Voltage Indicator and the Warning Voltage Threshold can be adjusted for external DC power sources. These values are adjusted with the Setup Menu option
POWER > Ext DC Ref. Adjust the DC Reference to match the type of battery being used to power the
633 externally. The voltage range and Warning Voltage Threshold for each setting are shown in the
following chart.
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Good
OK
Warning
Critical. No other backup power sources available. Automatic shutdown will occur soon.
Powering
PowerSafe
When all connected power sources are depleted or power is lost unexpectedly, the PowerSafe circuitry will activate: The 633 will display a warning, stop any active recordings, finish writing files, and
shut the 633 down. The PowerSafe Battery will power the 633 during this time. This feature ensures
that files will be protected even in the event of unexpected power loss.
The PowerSafe Battery recharges with the active power source only when the 633 is powered on.
QuickBoot
QuickBoot circuitry is enabled for 2 hours after the 633 is powered down. During this time, the 633
can turn on and start recording in less than 2 seconds. Each time the 633 is turned on and off, this 2
hour timer is reset. After 2 hours of being powered down, QuickBoot is deactivated and powering
up will result in a normal, slightly longer boot process.
The TC LED on the front panel will blink every 2 seconds to indicate QuickBoot is engaged. To
manually deactivate QuickBoot, hold the Menu Button down for 5 seconds while the 633 is powered
down. The LCD screen will flash quickly and the TC LED will stop blinking, indicating that QuickBoot is not activated.
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If QuickBoot is not engaged when the 633 is powered down, or if QuickBoot deactivates less than 2 hours
after powering down, the PowerSafe Battery might be depleted. To charge the PowerSafe Battery, power
the 633 on for at least one hour.
Power Consumption
The 633 is very power efficient. The amount of current it draws depends on which features are enabled. The following list highlights the larger current drawing functions.
1. Microphone powering - the main source of extra 633 current draw (See “Phantom Power”, page
16). 48 V Phantom can draw copious amounts of current depending on what model microphone is used. Two identical phantom powered microphones draw twice as much current as
one. Microphones vary widely in their current draw depending on type and phantom voltage
applied.
2. Audio Recorder - the recorder, whether in record or playback, increases power consumption.
3. Digital Outputs - disable digital outputs in the Setup Menu when they are not needed since
they draw additional current.
4. Output drive level - higher output drive levels into multiple, low-impedance inputs increases
power consumption
5. Headphone Output circuit - high headphone output levels increase current draw.
Powering
6. LED and LCD Brightness - decrease LED and LCD brightness to extend battery runtime.
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Using a USB Keyboard
To aid in navigation and data entry, a standard USB keyboard can be connected to the 633. To use a
USB keyboard, connect the male USB A plug of the keyboard into the supplied USB A female adapter, then connect the keyboard to the left panel USB B jack on the 633 with the supplied USB cable.
Change the Setup Menu option SYSTEM > USB Port to Keyboard.
Keyboards with an embedded USB hub are not compatible. Some keyboards must be disconnected when
powering the 633 up and only connected after the 633 has booted.
Whenever the on-screen keyboard is displayed, an attached USB keyboard can be used to enter data.
The table below shows the keyboard shortcuts available.
Key Combination
F1
Accesses the Setup Menu.
F2
Accesses the Take List.
F3
Switches between Meter Views.
Using a USB Keyboard
Menu Button
Record
Ctrl + S
Stop
Spacebar
Play
Left Arrow
Main Screen: Rewind.
Input Settings Screen: Toggle phase inversion.
Right Arrow
Main Screen: Fast Forward.
Input Settings Screen: Toggle LR Mix assignment.
Enter
Main Screen: Adjusts headphone volume.
In menus: Moves highlighter.
While editing parameters: Changes value.
Main Screen: Accesses HP Headphone Source List.
In menus: Same as encoder press (activates current selection).
Alt + Enter
Main Screen: Toggles arming of selected track.
Ctrl + Enter
Accesses gain adjustment for highlighted L, R, X1, X2, or RTN track.
Ctrl + Up / Down Arrows
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Ctrl + R
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Main Screen: Select tracks.
Input Settings Screen:
Ctrl + Left Arrow
Input Settings Screen: Change X1 assignment.
Ctrl + Right Arrow
Input Settings Screen: Change X2 assignment.
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Storing and Recalling Settings
The 633 can store and recall user settings to User Setup Files on the SD card, CF card, or internal
memory. User Setup Files contain all settings made in the Setup Menu and all Input Settings (including routing). Multiple, custom-named setup files can be saved to the CF or SD card. Additionally,
four setups can be saved to the 633’s internal memory where they will be available even when no CF
or SD card is inserted.
Storing and Recalling Settings
To save a User Setup File, access the Setup Menu option Quick Setup. Select the Save option for the
desired storage area and enter a name for the Setup File.
•The INT1, INT2, INT3, or INT4 areas will hold one setup each. Settings stored to these areas will
overwrite any settings previously stored there.
•Saving a Setup File to the CF or SD card will create a folder named SETTINGS (If it is not already
present) and place the Setup File in that directory. If a Setup File with the entered named already
exists, the previous Setup File will be overwritten
Setup Files stored on the CF or SD card can be deleted from the File List. To delete a Setup File from
the CF or SD card:
1. Press the Menu Button to enter the Setup Menu.
2. Use the Headphone Encoder to select option FILE STORAGE > File List.
3. Use the Headphone Encoder to select either CF or SD.
4. Use the Headphone Encoder to select the SETTINGS folder.
5. Use the Headphone Encoder to highlight the Setup File to be deleted.
6. Slide the RTN / FAV Switch to access File Options for the Setup File.
7. Use the Headphone Encoder to select Delete.
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Setup Menu
Power
The Power Setup Menu option displays the Power Screen as well as the following options.
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Ext DC Ref
Adjust the voltage range and Warning Voltage for the
external DC Voltage Indicator.
»» 12V Ext DC
•  NiMH
•  Expanded NiMH
•  12V Lead Acid
•  14V Li-ion
•  Full Range
2
Ext DC Loss
What action to take when external power is removed
or external voltage drops below the set threshold.
»» Switch Power Source
•  Shutdown
Inputs
#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
Setup Menu
1
Ch 1-2 Linking
Links channels 1 and 2 with or without Mid/Side
decoding.
»» Unlinked
•  1-2
•  1-2M/S
2
Ch 5-6 Linking
Links channels 5 and 6 with or without Mid/Side
decoding.
»» Unlinked
•  5-6
•  5-6M/S
3
Phantom Voltage
Globally adjust voltage level of phantom power (on all
inputs which have phantom power enabled).
»» 48V
•  12V
4
PFL Toggle Mode
Change the behavior of Input Select Switches. (See
“PFL Toggle Mode”, page 25)
»» 6ch
•  3ch
5
Input to ISO Routing
Displays a sub-menu where inputs 1 through 6 can be
set to route to their respective ISO track pre- or postfader, independently.
»» Prefade
•  Postfade
6
Input Delays
Displays a sub-menu where inputs 1 through 6 can be
delayed, independently.
•  0.0 to 30.0 ms
(0.1 ms increment)
»» 0.0 ms
Outputs
#
58
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Linking
For the purposes of arming and level adjustment, link
tracks L and R, and/or X1 and X2.
•  LR, X1X2
»» LR, X1, X2
•  L, R, X1X2
•  L, R, X1, X2
2
XLR-L Out
Select the analog output level or engage AES3 digital
on the L XLR-3M output.
•  Mic
»» Line
•  -10
•  AES 1,2
3
XLR-R Out
Select the analog output level or engage AES3 digital
on the R XLR-3M output.
•  Mic
»» Line
•  -10
•  AES 3,4
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Parameter Name
Description
Options
4
TA3-X1 Out
Select the analog output level of the Aux 1 TA3 output. •  Mic
»» Line
•  -10
5
TA3-X2 Out
Select the analog output level of the Aux 2 TA3 output. •  Mic
»» Line
•  -10
6
AES Output Routing
Displays the AES Routing Screen where sources can
be assigned to AES output channels.
7
Playback to Outputs
Select destination for playback signal.
8
X1, X2 Routing
Displays the X1,X2 routing Screen where sources can
be assigned to the X1 and X2 output channels.
9
X3, X4 Routing
Displays the X3,X4 routing Screen where sources can
be assigned to the X3 and X4 output channels.
10
Output Delays
Displays a sub-menu where outputs L, R, X1, X2, X3,
and X4 can be delayed, independently.
»» All Outputs
•  Headphones Only
•  0.0 to 10.0 frames
(0.1 frame increment)
»» 0.0 frames
Limiters
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Limiter Enable
Globally disable input and output limiters and select
hard or soft knee. (See “Limiters”, page 19)
•  Off
»» Hard Knee
•  Soft Knee
2
Input 1-6 PostFade Threshold
Set the level at which input limiters will begin limiting.
•  +4 to +18 dBu
(1 dBu increment)
»» 16 dBu
3
L,R Linking
Links limiters for L and R tracks.
»» Off
•  On
4
L,R Threshold
Limiter threshold for Master Bus
•  +4 to +18 dBu
(1 dBu increment)
»» 16 dBu
5
X1,X2 Linking
Links limiters for X1 and X2 tracks.
»» Off
•  On
6
X1,X2 Threshold
Limiter threshold for Aux Bus
•  +4 to +20 dBu (1 dB increment)
»» 16 dBu
Setup Menu
#
Recorder
#
1
Parameter Name
Record to CF
Description
Sets the type of file and which tracks to record to the
CF card.
Options
•  Off
»» Wav Poly
•  Wav Poly (ISOs Only)
•  Wav Poly (LR Only)
•  Wav Poly (X1X2 only)
•  MP3 (LR)
•  MP3 (X1X2)
•  Wav Mono
•  Wav Mono (ISOs only)
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Parameter Name
Description
Options
Setup Menu
2
Record to SD
Sets the type of file and which tracks to record to the
SD card.
•  Off
»» Wav Poly
•  Wav Poly (ISOs Only)
•  Wav Poly (LR Only)
•  Wav Poly (X1X2 only)
•  MP3 (LR)
•  MP3 (X1X2)
•  Wav Mono
•  Wav Mono (ISOs only)
3
MP3 Bit Rate
The bitrate of recorded MP3 files.
»» 320kbs
•  192kbs
•  128kbs
4
Sample Rate
The internal sample rate and sample rate of recorded
WAV files.
•  44.1k
•  47.952k
•  47.952kF
»» 48k
•  48.048k
•  48.048kF
•  88.2k
•  96k
•  192k
5
Bit Depth
The bit depth of recorded WAV files.
»» 24
•  16
6
Pre-Roll Time
Adjust the amount of record time to be appended
•  0 to 6 seconds
before each recording. Maximum value is 3 seconds
(1 second increment)
when recording mono WAV files or using 88.2k sample »» 0 s
rate. Maximum value is 1 second when using 192k
sample rate..
Timecode
#
60
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Timecode Mode
Sets the running mode for the internal timecode
generator and/or the method which the 633 receives
SMPTE timecode..
•  Off
•  Rec Run
»» Free Run
•  Free Run Auto Mute
•  24h Run
•  24h Run Auto Mute
•  Ext-TC
•  Ext-TC Auto-Rec
•  Ext-TC/Cont.
•  Ext-TC Auto-Rec/Cont.
2
Frame Rate
Sets the frame rate for the internal timecode generator.
•  23.976
•  24
•  25
•  29.97nd
•  29.97df
»» 30nd
•  30df
3
Hold Off
Sets the duration that a valid timecode signal has to
be recognized by the 633 before generating a new
take while in Ext TC-Auto Record and Ext TC/contAuto Record modes.
•  0.0-8.0 s (0.1 second increment)
»» 0.0 seconds
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Parameter Name
Description
Options
4
Jam Menu
Displays the Timecode Jam Screen, where internal,
external, and difference timecode can be displayed
and the 633 timecode generator jammed to external
timecode.
5
Set Generator TC
Displays a dialog where the 633 internal timecode
generator can be set to a given value. When highlighter is orange, turn Headphone Encoder to highlight
a field and press Headphone Encoder to edit. When
highlighter is blue, turn Headphone Encoder to
change the value, and press Headphone Encoder to
accept the value.
6
Set Generator UBits
Sets the timecode user bits of the 633 timecode generator. User bits can be dynamically generated from
date. (See “User Bits”, page 49)
7
Display Mode
Selects the source of the large numerical display on
the Main Screen.
•  Big A-Time
»» Big Timecode
File Storage
Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Take List
Displays the Take List.
2
File List
Displays the File List.
3
Folder Options
Allows the user to organize files in root and subfolders. For no folders, select <None> on every
level.
•  Top-Level
•  Mid-Level
•  Bottom-Level
4
Sound Report Info
Allows the user to enter default values for sound
report fields. The default values are indicated in
parenthesis.
•  Project (<None>)
•  Producer (<None>)
•  Director (<None>)
•  Job (<None>)
•  Date (<System Date>)
•  Location (<None>)
•  Sound Mixer (<None>)
•  Phone (<None>)
•  E-Mail (<None>)
•  Client (<None>)
•  Boom Op (<None>)
•  Prod. Co. (<None>)
•  Prod. Co. Tel. (<None>)
•  Mics (<None>)
•  Comments (<None>)
•  Roll (<None>)
•  Media (<None>)
•  File Type (CF) (<Current Selection>)
•  File Type (SD) (<Current Selection>)
•  Sample Rate (<Current Selection>)
•  Frame Rate (<Current Selection>)
•  Bit Depth (<Current Selection>)
•  Tone Level (<Current Selection>)
5
File Max Size
Selects the file size when the 633 will close, then
start a new file. The 633 will not record a file
larger than the selected size.
»» 4GB
•  2GB
•  1GB
•  640MB
•  512MB
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#
Parameter Name
Description
Options
6
Scene Increment Mode
Selects which format the scene increments will
use. To quickly increment a scene name press
and hold the Headphone Encoder then slide the
Transport Control right (Fast Forward)
»» Disabled
•  Character
•  Numeric
7
Take Reset Mode
Defines when take numbers are reset. Reset
brings take number to <1>
•  Never
•  Scene Change
•  Daily Folder Change
»» Either Scene or Daily
8
File Playback Mode
Determines what (If any) playback action the 633
will perform upon reaching the end of a file during
playback.
»» Play Once
•  Play All
•  Repeat One
•  Repeat All
9
Default Playback Card
The source media that files will be played from
when playback is initiated.
»» CF
•  SD
10
Erase/Format CF
Formats CF card to FAT32 (32 GB or less) or
exFAT (greater than 32 GB) file system.
11
Erase/Format SD
Formats SD card to FAT32 (32 GB or less) or
exFAT (greater than 32 GB) file system.
System
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Setup Menu
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Parameter Name
Description
Options
1
Slate Mic
Enable or disable the internal slate microphone.
2
Slate & Tone Routing
Displays the Slate and Tone Routing screen where
the slate mic and tone signal can be routed to various
destinations.
3
Tone Level
The level of the 633’s internal tone generator.
•  0-20 dBu (1 dBu increment)
»» 0 dBu
4
Tone Frequency
The audio frequency of the 633’s internal tone generator.
•  100-10000 Hz (10 Hz increment)
»» 1000 Hz
5
Tone Mode
Continuous tone generates tone a the set tone level
to all bus tracks. L Ident mode pulses the amplitude of
tone to the Left channel of the Master Bus by -20dB.
»» Continuous
•  L Ident
6
Warning Bell Level
The level of warning bell signals in the Headphones.
•  Off, -60 to -12 dBFS
(1dB increment)
»» -30 dBFS
7
Record/Stop Bell
Alerts the user with one beep at the start of recording
and two beeps when the recording is stopped
•  Off
»» On
8
Meter Ballistics
Selects among the two different meter ballistics settings.
•  VU Only
»» Peak + VU
•  Peak Only
9
Meter Peak Hold Time
Adjusts the duration for which the peak indicator stays »» 1 sec
illuminated.
•  2 sec
•  3 sec
•  4 sec
•  5 sec
•  Infinity
•  Off
10
Meter Display Style
The visual style of the meters. Segmented shows
individual blocks separated by gaps and Solid shows
a solid bar.
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•  Off
»» On
»» Segmented
•  Solid
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Parameter Name
Description
Options
11
Track Names In Meters
Toggle display and style/position of track names in
meters.
»» Off
•  Left
•  Left (w/ramp)
•  Right
12
Meter Views
Displays a submenu where each of the three available
Meter Views can be selected. (Off option is available
for second and third Meter View only)
•  L,R,X1,X2,1-6
•  L,R,1-6
•  L,R,1-3
•  L,R,X1-X4,RTN
•  Off
13
LED Brightness
Adjust the brightness of all LED’s.
•  5-100%
(5% increment)
»» 60%
14
LCD Brightness
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD backlight.
•  5-100%
(5% increment)
»» 100%
15
LCD Daylight Mode
Toggle daylight visibility mode of user interface. Off
displays a dark user interface suitable for low-light
environments. On displays a bright user interface suitable for bright/sunny environments.
»» Off
•  On
16
Time Format
Select 12 hour clock or 24 hour clock.
»» 12hr
•  24hr
17
Date Format
Select the format used to indicate the date.
»» mm/dd/yy
•  dd/mm/yy
•  yy/mm/dd
18
Set Time/Date
Displays a dialog where the 633 time and date can
be set. When highlighter is orange, turn Headphone
Encoder to highlight a field and press Headphone
Encoder to edit. When highlighter is blue, turn
Headphone Encoder to change the value, and press
Headphone Encoder to accept the value.
19
Time Zone
Set the GMT time zone. (See “Time Zone and
Daylight Savings”, page 51)
•  (All GMT time zones)
»» GMT
20
Daylight Savings time
Set whether or not daylight savings is in effect.
•  On
»» Off
21
Fader/Pan Calibration
Calibrates fader and pan positions. Set all faders and
pans to center position and press OK.
22
Headphone Encoder Mode
Toggle function of Headphone encoder for selecting
Headphone Sources and adjusting headphone gain.
23
Headphone Preset List
Choose which headphone presets are visible in the
Headphone Source selection menu. Use the Headphone Encoder to toggle Presets. Presets highlighted
in blue will be visible.
24
USB Port
25
Shortcut Info
Displays a list of all the 633 button shortcut combination for reference.
26
Version Info
Displays firmware version information and Serial
Number of the 633.
27
Update Firmware
Searches connected media for .prg files and prompts
to begin firmware update for each file found.
Setup Menu
#
»» Vol/Preset
•  Preset/Vol
»» Keyboard
•  Factory Test
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Quick Setup
#
Parameter Name
Description
1
Load Settings
Lists all available setup files found on attached media
and on internal setup storage.
2
Save Settings to INT1
Saves settings to internal setup storage location 1.
3
Save Settings to INT2
Saves settings to internal setup storage location 2
4
Save Settings to INT3
Saves settings to internal setup storage location 3
5
Save Settings to INT4
Saves settings to internal setup storage location 4
6
Save Settings to CF
Saves settings to CF card.
7
Save Settings to SD
Saves settings to SD card
Options
»» Factory Default
•  Other available setups....
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Front Panel Button Shortcuts
Key Sequence
Action
False Take
+
Press and hold the Headphone Encoder then slide the Transport Control left
(Rewind).
Moves take to FALSETAKES folder and decrements take number.
Scene Increment
+
Press and hold the Headphone Encoder then slide the Transport Control right
(Fast Forward).
Increments the scene name according to the Scene Increment Mode (Setup
Menu option FILE STORAGE > Scene Increment Mode)
Take List
Press and hold the Menu Button then press the Headphone Controller.
Enters the Setup Menu.
+
Arm / Disarm
Track
+
Phrase List
+
Scene Name
Alternate Tone
Mode
+
LCD Brightness
+
Press and hold the Headphone Controller then slide the RTN / FAV Switch left.
Edit the scene name. When used during record, edits the current scene name.
When used during stop, edits the next scene name.
Press and hold the Headphone Encoder then slide the Transport Control down
(Play).
Changes the target media between SD or CF. Target media is indicated by a
green background on the Main Screen.
Press and hold the Menu Button then rotate the Headphone Encoder.
Adjusts the brightness of all LED’s.
+
Press and hold the Menu Button then rotate the Select Encoder.
Adjusts the backlight level of the LCD.
+
Press and hold the Headphone Encoder then press the Select Encoder.
Toggles between standard and Daylight mode of User Interface.
LCD Daylight
Mode
Frame rate /
Sample rate
display toggle
Press and hold the Headphone Controller then slide the RTN / FAV Switch right.
Accesses the phrase list and applies the selected phrase to the last take recorded (during standby) or the currently recording take (during recording).
Press and hold the Select Encoder then slide the Slate/Tone Switch right.
Engages the tone with the alternate Tone Mode. The alternate Tone Mode is the
mode that Setup Menu option SYSTEM > Tone Mode is not set to.
+
Toggle Playback
Card
LED Brightness
Press and hold the Meters Button then press the Select Encoder.
Toggles the armed status of the highlighted track on the Main Screen.
Front Panel Button Shortcuts
Function
+
+
Press and hold the Meters Button then slide the RTN / FAV Switch left.
Toggles display of Timecode frame rate information and Audio sample rate
information between Main Screen and RTN Screen.
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Connector Pin Assignments
Connector
Connector Pin Assignments
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Pin Assignments
Notes
(3) XLR-3F
Analog Inputs 1-3
AES3 Digital Input 1
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
Mic- and Line-level balanced. For unbalanced, pin 1 and
pin 3 tied together = ground, pin 2 = positive.
Channel 1 AES3 Digital Input: AES3 balanced or unbalanced.
(3) TA3M
Inputs 4-6
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
Active balanced inputs 4-6. For unbalanced, pin 1 =
ground, pin 2 = positive, pin 3 = tie to pin 1. Mates with
Switchcraft TA3F-type connector.
(2) XLR-3M
Master Outputs/
AES Outputs
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
Output Level is selectable via menu between Mic, -10 dB,
or Line-level.
For unbalanced, float pin 3.
Balanced AES3 Out A,B on XLR-3M connectors, 110
ohm, 2 V p-p, AES3 and S/PDIF compatible with RCA
adaptor.
(1) 3.5 mm
RTN
tip – signal L
ring – signal R
sleeve – signal ground
Mates with 3.5 mm TRS jack. Signal is unbalanced.
(2) TA3M
X1, X2 Outputs
1 – ground
2 – signal (+)
3 – signal (-)
Active balanced, output level is selectable in Setup Menu
as Line, -10, or Mic level. For unbalanced, pin 1 = ground,
pin 2 = positive, pin 3 = float (no connect). Mates with
Switchcraft TA3F-type connector.
(1) 3.5 mm
X3,X4 Output
tip – signal L
ring – signal R
sleeve – signal ground
Mates with 3.5 mm TRS jack. Signal is unbalanced.
(1) 1/4-inch Female
Headphone
tip – signal L
ring – signal R
sleeve – signal ground
Mates with 1/4-inch TRS jack.
(1) 5-pin LEMO
Timecode
1 – ground
2 – SMPTE TC In
3 – ASCII in/out
4 – tuning out
5 – SMPTE TC out
LEMO B-series connector, pin assignments as viewed on
panel-mounted connector
(1) Hirose 4-pin
DC Input
1 – ground
2 – not connected
3 – not connected
4 – DC (+)
10-18 Volt DC input. Mates with Sound Devices XL-NPH
and XL-WPH3 powering accessories. See Accessories for
details.
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Specifications
Frequency Response
·· 10 Hz to 40 kHz ± 0.5 dB, -3dB @ 65 kHz (192 kHz sample rate, re 1 kHz)
THD + Noise
·· 0.09% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz–22 kHz BW, fader at 0, 0 dBu output)
Equivalent Input Noise
·· -126 dBu (-128 dBV) maximum. (22 Hz - 22 kHz bandwidth, flat filter, trim control fully
up)
Input Type
·· XLR-3F Mic: Active-balanced for use with ≤600 ohm mics
·· XLR-3F Line: Active-balanced for use with ≤2k ohm outputs
·· RTN (3.5 mm): Unbalanced stereo for use with ≤2k ohm outputs
Input Impedance
(ohms actual)
·· XLR-3F Mic: 4k ohms
·· XLR-3F Line: 10k ohms
·· RTN (3.5 mm): 15k ohms
Input Clipping Level
·· 0 dBu minimum (trim control fully down)
Maximum Input Level
·· XLR-3F Mic: 0 dBu (0.78 Vrms)
·· XLR-3F Line: +40 dBu (80 Vrms)
·· RTN (3.5 mm): +24 dBu (12.4 Vrms)
High-Pass Filters
Sweepable 80 Hz to 240 Hz, 12 dB/oct at 80 Hz,
6 dB/octave at 240 Hz
Microphone Powering
(each analog Input selectable)
·· 12 V Phantom: through 680 ohm resistors, 10 mA per mic available
·· 48 V Phantom: through 6.8k resistors, 10 mA per mic available
Pre-Fader Input Limiters
(Inputs 1-3)
·· Affects the output of the mic preamps only (‘Trim’ stage)
·· +16 dBu threshold (fixed)
·· 20:1 limiting ratio
·· 1 mS attack time
·· 500 mS release time.
Post-Fader Input Limiters
(Inputs 1-6)
·· +4 dBu to +18 dBu threshold (adjustable)
·· 20:1 limiting ratio
·· 1 mS attack time
·· 500 mS release time.
Specifications
Analog Inputs
Digital Inputs
AES3
·· Balanced: 110 ohm
AES42
·· AES42 Mode 1, provides +10 V Digital Phantom Power
Post-Fader Digital Limiters
·· +4 dBu to +18 dBu threshold (adjustable)
·· 20:1 limiting ratio
·· 1 mS attack time
·· 500 mS release time.
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Analog Outputs
Output Type
·· XLR-3M Line: Active Balanced for use with ≥600 ohm inputs
·· XLR-3M -10: Active Balanced for use with ≥10k ohm inputs
·· XLR-3M Mic: Active Balanced for use with ≥600 ohm inputs
·· TA3 Active Balanced Mic/Line: pin-2 and 3 driven, for use with ≥3k ohm inputs
·· X3,X4 (3.5 mm): Unbalanced, stereo, for use with ≥6k ohm inputs
·· Headphones (1/4”): Unbalanced, stereo, for use with 8-2k ohm headphones
Output Impedance
(ohms actual)
·· XLR-3M and TA3 balanced outputs: 100 ohms at Line setting, 3.2k ohms at -10 setting,
150 ohms at Mic setting
·· TA3 Balanced Outs: 1k ohms at Mic and Line settings
·· X3,X4 (3.5 mm): 100 ohms
·· Headphones (1/4”): 100 ohms
Line Output Clipping Level (1%
THD)
·· 20 dBu minimum with 10k load
Maximum Output Level
·· Line (XLR-3M, 10-pin Hirose, TA3 Balanced and Direct Outs): +20 dBu (7.8 Vrms)
·· -10 (XLR-3M, 10-pin Hirose): +6 dBu (1.5 V rms)
·· Mic (XLR-3M, 10-pin Hirose, TA3 Balanced and Direct Outs): -20 dBu (0.078 Vrms)
Output Limiters
·· Affects the outputs of the mixer.
·· Threshold selectable from +4 dBu to +18 dBu, 1 dB steps
·· 20:1 limiting ratio
·· 1 mS attack time
·· 500 mS release time.
Specifications
Maximum Gain
Typical (Trim, Fader, Master,
Phones, RTN fully up)
MIC Level Input LINE Level Input
RTN
Master Outs (XLR-3M) @ LINE
91 dB
51 dB
-
Master Outs (XLR-3M) @ -10
77 dB
37 dB
-
Master Outs (XLR-3M) @ MIC
51 dB
11 dB
-
X3, X4 Outs (3.5 mm)
77 dB
37 dB
Headphones (1/4”)
107 dB
67 dB
5 dB
Digital Outputs/Recorder
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AES3 Output:
·· AES Out A,B on XLR-3M
·· 110 ohm, 2 V p-p, AES and S/PDIF compatible with RCA adaptor
Sampling Frequency
·· 44.1 kHz
·· 47.952 kHz
·· 48 kHz
·· 48.048 kHz
A/D
·· 24 bit
A/D Dynamic Range
·· 114 dB, A-weighted, typical
Input to Output Delay
·· 0.74 ms (XLR-3F analog input to XLR-3M analog output, Input and Output delays set to
0, Sample rate set to 48 kHz)
Media Type
·· Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
·· Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
·· Secure Digital (SD)
·· CompactFlash (CF)
·· FAT32 or exFAT formatted, will format media on-board
File Type
·· Record: WAV (Broadcast Wave File format), polyphonic or MP3
·· Playback: WAV (Broadcast Wave File format), polyphonic or MP3
·· 88.2 kHz
·· 96 kHz
·· 192 kHz
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Sampling Clock Accuracy
·· ± 0.2ppm
Timecode and Sync
Modes Supported
·· Off
·· Rec Run
·· Free Run
·· 24h Run
·· External
Frame Rates
·· 23.976
·· 24
·· 25
·· 29.97DF
·· 29.97ND
·· 30DF
·· 30ND
Accuracy
·· Ambient Generator
·· 0.2ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours) accuracy.
·· Holds TC clock for two hours after main battery removal
Input
·· 20k ohm impedance
·· 0.3 V - 3.0 V p-p (–17 dBu - +3 dBu)
Output
·· Output: 1k ohm impedance
·· 3.0V p-p (+12 dBu)
External Power Supply
·· 10-18 V Locking 4-pin Hirose connector, pin-4 = (+), pin-1 = (-)
·· Mates with gold Hirose #HR10A-7P-4P (DigiKey# HR110-ND) or silver Hirose #HR10-7P4P (DigiKey# HR100-ND) locking connector.
Internal Power Supply
·· 5-10 V range.
·· Accepts 6 AA-sized (LR6) batteries (NiMH rechargeable recommended).
·· There are similar sized 3+ V Lithium-cells that are not compatible.
Idle Current Draw
·· 447 mA @ 12V (5.36 W) - Inputs 1-6 powered on, CF and SD media.
Specifications
Power
Environmental
Operation and Storage
·· Operating: -20°C to 60°C
·· Storage: -40°C to 85°C
·· 0 to 90% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Dimensions and Weight
Size (H x W x D)
·· 5.6 cm x 23.8 cm x 14.3 cm
·· 2.2 in. x 9.4 in. x 5.6 in.
Weight
·· 2 lbs. 9.4 oz. (unpackaged, without batteries)
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Accessories
Several high-value accessories are available for the 633, including production cases, cables, and
power accessories. For a full list of Sound Devices products and accessories, visit our web site
www.sounddevices.com/products.
Optional 633 Related Accessories
Accessories
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CS-633
Production case for use with the 633 Field Production Mixer. Front
pocket provides space for wireless receivers and/or NP-1 battery.
Bottom panel opens and expands to provide access to rear-mounted L-Series batteries. By PortaBrace for Sound Devices.
Wave Agent Beta
Sound Devices Wave Agent file librarian for Mac OS and Windows computers. Wave Agent provides a comprehensive and
indispensable range of tools for preparing audio files for problemfree passage through complex production workflows. For more
details and download visit www.waveagent.com.
XL-1B
12-inch TA3F to TA3F cable, connects TA3 Aux outputs to TA3 inputs of receiving devices such as the Sound Devices 788T’s analog
inputs 5-8. Also connects TA3 balanced outputs of other devices to
balanced, line inputs of 633.
XL-2
25-inch TA3F to XLR-3M cable, used to connect 633 TA3 Aux outputs to third-party devices with XLR-3F inputs; package of two.
XL-2F
25-inch XLR-3F to TA3F cable, used to connect mixers and other
devices with XLR-3M outputs to the 633 TA3 4-6 inputs; package
of two.
XL-4
Bag of four (4) TA3-F-type connectors.
XL-H
Bare Hirose 4-pin locking DC connector (HR10-7P-4P).
XL-NPH
NP-type battery cup with 24-inch cable terminated in Hirose 4-pin
locking DC connector (HR10-7P-4P) at equipment end.
XL-WPH3
AC to DC Power Supply (in-line) 100 - 240V 50/60 Hz input, 12
VDC 3.75 A (45 W) output, Hirose 4-pin DC plug. Supplied with
3-pin IEC cord.
XL-B2
7.2 V, 4600 mAh L-Series battery. Connects to the 633’s B1 and/or
B2 battery connector.
XL-B3
7.2 V, 6600 mAh L-Series battery. Connects to the 633’s B1 and/or
B2 battery connector.
XL-LL
LEMO®-5 to-LEMO®-5 coiled-cable for time code interconnection
between the 633 and other devices.
XL-LB2
LEMO®-5 to BCN input and BNC output for time code interconnection between the 633 and other devices.
XL-LX
LEMO®-5 to XLR3-F input and XLR3-M output for time code interconnection between the 633 and other devices.
Features and specifications are subject to change. Visit www.sounddevices.com for the latest documentation.
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Wave Agent
Wave Agent Beta is a WAV file librarian for Mac OS and Windows computers. Designed for Production Sound Mixers and Post Production Editors, Wave Agent provides a comprehensive and indispensable range of tools for preparing audio files for problem-free passage through complex production workflows.
Wave Agent is an essential, time-saving tool for anyone working in Production Sound. It allows for
the following;
•Playback of polyphonic and monophonic WAV and Broadcast Wave files from any source
•Viewing and editing file metadata
Wave Agent
•Changing of sampling rate, frame rate, and start timecode metadata stamps
•Splitting and combining polyphonic and monophonic files with selectable track assignments
•Batch editing
•Generating customized PDF and CSV Sound Reports
•Large timecode display
•Monitor mixer with faders, pans, solos, mutes, and meters
•Drag-and-drop operation
•Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for accelerated operation
•Mac OS and Windows compatible
Wave Agent is available as a no-charge software download for either Mac OS or Windows.
http://www.sounddevices.com/products/waveagent/
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Index
A
AES 2, 4, 16, 17, 26, 27, 30, 34, 58, 59, 66, 68
AES3 3, 12, 14, 16, 17, 27, 58, 66, 68
AES42 3, 12, 14, 16, 17, 67
AUX 3/4 Output 3
B
ballistics 12, 20, 62
bEXT 34, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 47
C
CF 8, 9, 10, 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 44, 57, 59, 61, 62, 64, 65, 68 CompactFlash 4, 31, 35, 38, 68
E
exFAT 36, 38, 51, 62, 68
F
Fader 1, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 24, 27, 31, 32, 58, 63,
67, 68, 71
frame rate 10, 36, 37, 42, 43, 47, 49, 60, 65, 71
Wave Agent
H
Headphone Clipping LED 2, 21
Headphone Output 4, 55
Headphone Source 2, 8, 11, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 56
High-pass Filter 17
HPF 11, 12, 17
I
Input Activity LED 1, 19, 21
Input Meter 11, 12
Input Polarity 11, 12
Input Select Switch 1, 7, 11, 14, 24, 25, 33
Input Settings Screen 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22,
24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 56
Input Source 12
Input Trim 12, 15
ISO 12, 14, 24, 26, 27, 31, 32, 37, 58, 74
iXML 34, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 47
L
LCD Daylight Mode 13, 63, 65
Limiter Knee 19
Line Inputs 3
L-Series 4, 52
M
Main Screen 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31,
33, 35, 37, 51, 53, 56, 61, 65
Menu Button 2, 8, 33, 35, 44, 45, 46, 49, 54, 56, 57, 65
metadata 32, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 51,
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Meters Button 1, 2, 9, 10, 24, 25, 28, 32, 47, 49, 65
Meter Style 10
Meter View 10, 11, 25, 28, 47, 49, 63
Mic / Tone Switch 2, 12, 13, 14, 26, 29
MP3 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 59, 60, 68
M/S 18, 23, 24
P
Pan 1, 14, 15, 18, 63, 71
PFL 1, 11, 14, 16, 21, 24, 25, 33, 37, 58
phantom power 3, 7, 14, 16, 58, 67
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Power LED 2
PowerSafe 52, 53, 54, 55
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Power Switch 2, 5
R
RTN / FAV Switch 2, 10, 12, 13, 24, 26, 33, 36, 38, 39, 40,
44, 45, 46, 47, 57, 65
RTN Input 4, 25
S
sample rate 10, 17, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 47, 60, 61,
65, 68
SDHC 4, 31, 35, 68
SDXC 4, 31, 35
Slate Mic 2, 29, 62
Sound Report 39, 42, 43, 44, 61
T
Take List 33, 37, 38, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 56, 61, 65
timecode 1, 2, 3, 10, 36, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 60,
61, 65, 66, 69, 71
Timecode LED 2
Tone Oscillator 2, 29
Track Name 11, 12, 20, 33, 40, 42
Transport Control 1, 9, 31, 37, 45, 46, 48, 62, 65
U
USB 3, 24, 33, 56, 63
V
Wave Agent
VU 12, 20, 21, 62
W
Wave Agent 47, 70, 71
X
X1 2, 4, 10, 11, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 40, 47, 56,
58, 59, 63, 66
X2 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 40, 49, 56, 58,
59, 63, 66
X3 2, 14, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, 49, 59, 66, 68
X4 2, 11, 14, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, 47, 49, 59, 63, 66, 68
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Declaration of Conformity
According to EN ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004
Manufacturer’s Name:
Sound Devices, LLC
Manufacturer’s Address:
E7556 State Rd. 23 and 33
Reedsburg, WI 53959
USA
Declares under sole responsibility that the product as delivered
Product Name:
633 Field Mixer with Integrated Recorder
Model Number:
633
Product Options:
This declaration covers all options of the above products
complies with the essential requirements of the following applicable European Directives, and carries the CE marking
accordingly:
Declaration of Conformity
EMC Directive (2004/108/EC)
EN 55022:2010
EN 55103-2:2009
First date of CE approval July 18, 2013.
This Declaration of Conformity applies to the above-listed products placed on the EU market after:
July 18, 2013
Date
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Warranty and Technical Support
Warranty & Service
Sound Devices, LLC warrants the 633 against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of
TWO (2) years from date of original retail purchase.
This is a non-transferable warranty that extends only to the original purchaser. Sound Devices, LLC
will repair or replace the product at its discretion at no charge. Warranty claims due to severe service
conditions will be addressed on an individual basis.
THE WARRANTY AND REMEDIES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE. SOUND DEVICES,
LLC DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Warranty and Technical Support
SOUND DEVICES, LLC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY BREACH OF WARRANTY OR UNDER ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY. Because some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion or limitations set forth above,
they may not apply in all cases.
For all service, including warranty repair, please contact Sound Devices for an RMA (return merchandise authorization) before sending your unit in for repair. Product returned without an RMA
number may experience delays in repair. When sending a unit for repair, please do not include accessories, including SSD drives, CF cards, batteries, power supplies, carry cases, cables, or adapters
unless instructed by Sound Devices.
Sound Devices, LLC
Service Repair RMA #XXXXX
E7556 State Road 23 and 33
Reedsburg, WI 53959 USA
telephone: (608) 524-0625
Technical Support / Bug Reports
For technical support and bug reporting on all Sound Devices products contact:
Sound Devices, LLC
E-mail: support@sounddevices.com
web: www.sounddevices.com/support/
Telephone: +1 (608) 524-0625 / Toll-Free in the U.S.A.: (800) 505-0625
Fax: +1 (608) 524-0655
Sound Devices hosts a user support forum. The URL is:
http://forum.sounddevices.com
Sound Devices cannot guarantee that a given computer, software, or operating system configuration
can be used satisfactorily with the 633 based exclusively on the fact that it meets our minimum system
requirements.
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