Q&A #26 – The downside of line inputs without trim pots!

In regards to the Sound Devices 6 series mixers (633 / 664 / 688) what are the downsides of any inputs without physical trimpots? The trim pot is what you use to increase or reduce gain to your track. The tracks without dedicated trimpots on the 6 series recorders only accept line level and though gain can be changed, it is through a menu on the screen while recording, thus limiting you to changing one at a time.

Q&A #22 – People think cameras are more expensive than Sound.

When it come to crewing and getting a film together the most expensive element of the film is usually the crew cost for labour followed by rates for different departments. Lots of people however with the price of mid tier cameras dropping all the time automatically think sound is doing the exactly the same thing. This is because they have worked with lower cameras and also where the sound was done on a zoom.