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.

The downsides of this are that you can't dynamically change the gain on these inputs without first only being able to change one at a time and secondly, your not going to be able to properly overview your mix.