When it comes to portable recording, it’s hard to beat anything made by Sound Devices. The company has consistently made some of the highest quality recording gear that’s become a standard on any television or movie set. Now the company looks more towards musicians, podcasts and YouTubers with a penitent for quality with its new MixPre Series featuring two products with both high-end mic amps and on-board recording at reasonable prices.
The MixPre Series features two models, the 3 input 5 track MicPre-3 and the 6 input 8 track MicPre-6. Each unit features the company’s new Kashmir microphone preamps, which have an extremely low -130dBV noise floor along with an analog limiter. There are also new 32-bit A-to-D converters that connect to a computer via USB while simultaneously feeding the onboard recorder. Both units also have a 3.5 mm auxiliary input that can be used for plug-in power mics, 2-channel line-in audio, camera return, or timecode.
The MixPre-3 offers up to a 5-in/2-out USB audio interface with 3 discrete mic preamps, and the ability to stream up to 3 analog inputs (including 3 mic inputs) and a 2-channel mix over USB. The MixPre-6 offers up to a 8-in/4-out USB audio interface with 4 mic preamps, and streams up to 6 analog inputs (including 4 mic inputs) and 2-channel mix over USB to a Mac or Windows computer. In addition, the MixPre-6 features XLR / 1/4-inch combo inputs allowing 1/4-inch line-input sources to be connected directly. Both models record to a removable SD, SDHC or SDXC media card.
The MixPre units are very compact and durable, constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis that is lightweight and robust. Both units feature a touch screen to access the full-featured mixer. The mixing, metering and recording functions can also be accessed over built-in Bluetooth via a free iOS app called Wingman.
The MixPre’s can be powered from a number of different sources, including AA batteries, Li-Ion batteries, a laptop’s USB-C or USB-A connectors, or AC wall outlet.
The best part is that the MixPre-3 retails for on $649 while the MixPre-6 goes for $899. Both are anticipated to be shipping in the beginning of May. Go to the Sound Devices dedicated webpage to learn more.