When Audio Media's Jerry Ibbotson spoke with Game of Thrones production sound mixer Ronan Hill back in September, he professed his love of Sound Devices kit, but lamented the low channel count.
As it goes, his prayers have been answered, as the company has announced a new firmware update to its flagship 664 production mixer that unlocks six additional line-level inputs bringing the grand total up to 12 analogue inputs and 16-track recording without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller.
With firmware version 2.00 inputs 7-12 appear on TA3 connectors shared with the direct outputs. Inputs 1 and 6 can be set to accept AES3 or AES42 for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking. It also brings additional LCD metering modes to support the expanded input capability. Three menu-set metering modes are selectable from the front panel meter button. Meter modes offer combinations of input and output levels.
The 664 records 16-track monophonic or polyphonic broadcast WAV files or stereo MP3 files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All inputs and outputs are individually selectable for recording, and feature up to three seconds of record pre-roll.
For an in-depth review of the 664's functionality, check out Jerry's review in our October issue.
Existing 664 users can download the firmware update for free here.