Sound Devices MixPre-3 Portable Multichannel Audio Recorder/Mixer, and USB Audio Interface
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|Age Range (Description)||Adult|
|Item Weight||1.05 Pounds|
- Portable multitrack recorder/mixer and all-in-one 5-in 2-out USB interface, with three Kashmir microphone inputs.
- 24-bit with sampling rates from 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz.
- Perfect for field and concert recordists, podcasters, filmmakers, and anyone needing to record audio anytime, anywhere.
- In-unit gain, pan, low-cut, phase inversion, phantom power, and ISO mixing.
- Rugged enough for all applications, light enough for bag use and mobile recording. Includes a MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included) and Y-Cable USB-C to 2 USB-A.
- Record to an SD card or stream audio to your computer via USB
- Three ultra-low-noise Kashmir microphone preamps with analog limiters capture high quality audio in the field, on set, or at home, with or without a computer.
- Powerful 300 mW+300 mW headphone amp allows you to easily hear over loud sounds.
The MixPre-3 is the ideal tool for field recordists, podcasters, and filmmakers. With three crystal-clear Kashmir preamps, you can record three actors, multiple podcasters, or studio-quality audio for video. Even the quietest sound from the field will sound pristine with the Kashmir’s ultra-low noise floor. Get your perfect mix on-location with in-unit gain, pan, low-cut, phase inversion and phantom power. Bulletproof internal timecode and multiple methods of synchronizing ensures that your audio and video will always line up. Plus, extra features like preroll and control surface integration make capturing audio a breeze.
Record anytime, anywhere
The MixPre-3 is rugged, pocket-sized, and lightweight, so you can throw it in a field audio bag or mount it to a tripod or camera. Record internally to a compatible SD card on set or stream your podcast over USB to your computer at home. You can power the MixPre-3 with your computer, wall power, or record in the middle of nowhere with AA or Sony L-mount batteries. The choice is yours.
Need music features?
Buy the Musician Plugin from the Sound Devices online store to add in-unit music recording to your MixPre-3. The Musician Plugin adds built-in features and effects like overdub, reverb, and vocal air. Create Music Projects to lay down backing tracks and use them live or at home for writing or practicing. Capturing your song ideas has never been easier.
|Tracks||8 (6 + LR mix)||5 (3 + LR mix)||12 (max 3 at once)|
|Balanced Mic/Line Inputs||4 XLR/TRS combo||3 XLR||3 XLR|
|Max Sampling Rate||192kHz||96kHz||96kHz|
|Music Features: Overdub, Reverb, Metronome, Punch In/Out, Vocal Air, Bounce||With Musician Plugin only||With Musician Plugin only||Yes|
|Timecode/Start and Stop Trigger||TC Reader HDMI and LTC via Aux In||TC Reader HDMI and LTC via Aux In||No|
|USB Audio Streaming - Mac or Windows with ASIO Driver||8 in/4 out||5 in/2 out||5 in/2 out|
|Power Source||4x AA or 8x AA, L-mount, USB-C, AC wall adapter||4x AA or 8x AA, L-mount, USB-C, AC wall adapter||4x AA or 8x AA, L-mount, USB-C, AC wall adapter|
|Available Plugins||Ambisonics Plugin, Musicians Plugin||Musician Plugin||-|
|Wingman iOS and Android Features||Metering, Transport, Metadata||Metering, Transport, Metadata||Metering, Transport|
|Size/Weight||1.40” x 6.53” x 4.65”, 1.24 pounds||1.40” x 5.68” x 4.35”, 1.05 pounds||1.40” x 5.68” x 4.35”, 1.05 pounds|
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I tried out the Zoom H6 but the Zoom's preamp were terrible, they were absolutely unusable, and the dials we're placed in such a way that could easily be moved by mistake. It also mounts on top of a camera or a cage, unlike the mixpre-3 which goes neatly underneath the camera and doesn't get in the way and you don't need a cage even with a mic with transmitters that could be mounted on a triple shoe bracket in the camera's hot shoe.
The AA battery adapter is ridiculous to include with the MixPre3 because they last a few minutes. The l-battery adapter should be included with this device. I bought the l-battery adapter because I couldn't find a USB battery pack with a 1/4-20 screw hole that I can somehow attach it to my camera setup. I wasn't going to let the battery pack simple dangle... I didn't find the l-battery sled on Amazon so I bought it from B&H. I use an np-550 2600 mah battery in the top battery compartment of the adapter because it's not as high as a higher capacity np battery, so it won't stick out too much and hit the lens. On the bottom battery compartment I use a high capacity np-style battery which sticks out about two inches from the mixpre-3. It's not bad, but for the price the mixpre-3 should have a dedicated high capacity battery included and that doesn't stick out downward, only outward like the aa battery sled does.
Also, the l-battery adapter is a piece of junky plastic that costed $65 when it's worth $15. This makes me wonder how much Sound Devices is overcharging for the devices they produce. Tascam recorders/preamps are between $200-$400. The reason I didn't buy a Tascam recorder is because the some reviews stated that Sound Devices recorders have better audio quality than Tascam and many people have problems because of the build of the Tascam recorders.
The bottom line is that I really love the mixpre-3 but they need to
design and include a new sled and a low profile battery that gives more power and include it with the Mixpre-3.