New York, NY (July 21, 2014)—When Sound Devices introduced its six-input, 10-track 633, documentary sound mixer, Dave Ruddick incorporated the all-in-one recorder/mixer into his audio rig.
“I knew the 633 would be a bag-changer for me due to its compact size and functionality,” he says. “When you’re hiking with gear on your back, less is definitely more. The 633 is a pretty amazing tool in a small box.”
Ruddick has already put the 633 through its paces around the world. In the Philippines, he recorded the Philippine eagle, one of the largest birds of prey in the world, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The battery life of the 633 was crucial to this project, as accessibility to electricity was limited.
Ruddick then headed to the cold of Canada and Utah to film skiing for the Teton Gravity Research series, Locals. “I literally went from hiking muddy hot trails to snowy mountains,” he notes. “The contrast of these two locations is a true testament to the durability of Sound Devices products. And of course, most importantly, the 633 sounds great. I have used Sound Devices equipment for a long time and its gear has consistently worked well in the harsh environments I have subjected them to; the 633 is yet another great product from the company.”
Ruddick found the 633 compatible with many of the mainstays of his rig, such as Lectrosonics wireless receivers and Schoeps and Sennheiser shotgun mics.
In addition, Ruddick always packs a Sound Devices USBPre 2, a high-resolution, portable hardware interface for Mac- and Windows-based digital audio. He calls upon it for playback from a computer, useful while on location, and also employs it to extend the number of preamps on the 633 so that he can capture surround recordings.