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The next must-have audio product S ound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, introduces the 633, a six-input mixer with integrated 10-track recorder. It includes Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology and a unique four-way power supply for maximum operational runtime. As the next must-have production tool, the 633 has a full complement of I/O designed into a compact, portable device, ideal for over-the-shoulder applications. The powerful 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini- XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available. Avid S6 at Soho preview event H HB Communications Ltd. and Scrub, its Soho-based subsidiary specialising in serving the post production industry, began taking orders for the new Avid S6 control surface at a special preview event held at the Union Club in Soho, London. Avid’s new modular control surface has been extremely well received since its launch at IBC 2013 and now has a shipping date of mid-December. Customers of HHB and Scrub were given in-depth, private demos of the S6s ground-breaking features by Avid Audio Solutions Specialists Dave Tyler and Simon Sherbourne. Hole-in-one at the British Open T he British Open Championship is the oldest golf tournament in the world. The world’s largest sports-only channel, ESPN, provided coverage of the event, enlisting for the purpose the aid of IMG and CTV Outside Broadcasts, a British company that has been active now for over three decades in the broadcasting industry and numbers the BAFTA film awards as well as a variety of NFL, cricketing and golfing events among its references. For this year’s Open, CTV employed around ten outside broadcast vehicles and, for the first time, OMNEO network technology. “I have worked on a large number of major productions”, says Hamish Greig, CTVs Director of Engineering, “but this was one of the most complex. We deployed 42 line and HD cameras, 4 remote heads on camera cranes and a flying camera. We were extremely impressed by the RTS+OMNEO combination. It provides a networking technology ideal for events like the Open Championship, offering as it does not only program transport but also system control at the same time, and it gave us the further advantage of being able to operate the keypanels in a remote session”. Thanks to the OMNEO- capable RTS equipment, Greig and his team had no difficulty in assuring communications between the diverse and numerous group of individuals involved in the massive project. 16 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 84 DECEMBER 2013