Sound Devices Introduces MixPre — a Recorder, Mixer, USB Combo

Sound Devices has launched the MixPre Series of audio recorders with integrated USB audio interface for field audio recording.

Sound Devices said the lightweight, high-resolution MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 audio recorders with USB audio streaming offer world-class sound quality combined with extreme durability. They were designed for videographers, field recordists, musicians, sound designers, podcasters and YouTube producers.

The MixPre Series features Kashmir microphone preamps, a high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A mic preamps designed by the company. The mic preamps feature a -130dBV noise floor, analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure professional-grade audio recordings.

"Our new Sound Devices MixPre Series is the culmination of decades of experience designing products for the best-of-the-best in the professional audio industry," said Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC.

"Our mic preamps simply have to be heard to be believed, whether mic’ing drums, birds or dialog, using condenser, dynamic or ribbon mics, the finest textures of the audio are preserved. The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 merge the latest advances in audio technology with an unintimidating, compact and rugged design. These products are a must-have piece of equipment for anyone ranging from production engineers and musicians to YouTubers."

The MixPre-3 features three full-sized balanced XLR mic/line audio inputs, while the MixPre-6 features four balanced XLR/TRS combo jacks to connect microphones or line-level devices. Both have a 3.5 mm auxiliary input that can be used for plug-in power mics, two-channel line-in audio, camera return or timecode.

The versatile MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 also make excellent USB audio interfaces, offering the ability to record audio to an SD card while simultaneously streaming multiple channels of audio via USB. Handy for interviews, podcasts or simply as a backup recorder for computers, the MixPre’s can be used for Skype or Facetime interviews and to record audio for podcasts or video blogs.

The devices have a capacitive touch screen and a bright sunlight-readable color LCD for convenient navigation.

Each is a full-featured mixer, equipped with ergonomic gain control knobs for fast and accurate mixing. Other key features include pan and soloing plus easy-to-see ring LED metering per channel. They also include a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable presets from a wide-bandwidth headphone amp.

Each model has built-in Bluetooth Smart technology, allowing for connection, control and metering via iOS devices from the Sound Devices free Wingman app.

Each model features Basic and Advanced modes. Basic mode allows users to record noise and distortion-free audio out of the box and is intended for stereo recording applications. The Advanced mode offers more experienced audio users access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings such as ISO metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and Mid/Side channel linking and headphone presets.

The devices work as camera companions, offering HDMI record triggering, timecode and retractable 1/4-inch-20-thread mounting screw.

The MixPre’s can be powered from AA batteries, Li-Ion batteries, a laptop’s USB-C, USB-A connectors or AC wall outlet.

They are expected to ship by May 5, 2017. The MixPre-6 is priced at $899 and the MixPre-3 is $649.

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