Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series Recorder
Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series RecorderSound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series RecorderSound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series Recorder
Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series RecorderSound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series Recorder

Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series Recorder

    • New For 2017
    • Available as a 3 or a 6 Channel Recorder
    • Sound Devices' ground-breaking Kashmir™ microphone preamp
    • WAV Poly, Records to SD, SDHC, SDXC
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Model:  SD-MIX-PRE-3
Part Number:  MixPre-3
Manufacturer:  Sound Devices

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Sound Devices Mix Pre-3 Series Recorder

Sound Devices introduces its new line of high-performance, ultra-compact audio recorders with USB audio streaming – MixPre-3 & MixPre-6! 

The lightweight, high-resolution MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 audio recorders with USB audio streaming offer world-class sound quality combined with extreme durability – perfect for musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers and field recordists.

The MixPre Series feature Sound Devices’ innovative new Kashmir™ microphone preamps. These high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A mic preamps were hand-crafted by Sound Devices. The mic preamps feature a -130dBV noise floor, analog limiters, and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure high quality, stress-free, professional-grade audio recordings.

What Sound Devices Say:  
"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," says 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 un-intimidating, 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 3 full-sized balanced XLR mic/line audio inputs, while the MixPre-6 features 4 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, 2-channel line-in audio, camera return, or timecode. 

The versatile MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 make excellent USB audio interfaces, offering the unique 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 to your computer, the MixPre’s can be used for Skype or Facetime interviews, and to record audio for podcasts or video blogs. As a musician’s tool, the MixPre Series serves as a top-shelf USB interface with premium mic pres for use with a DAW, getting a quick song idea recorded without AC power handy, recording rehearsals or just adding a few more inputs to your PA system.

Some of the unique features of the MixPre Series include:

  • Ultra-compact & durable – the MixPre Series will fit any production environment. The MixPre’s small stature allows you to wear it, or drop it into your pocket or a tech bag. Constructed with a die-cast aluminium chassis, the MixPre Series is both lightweight and incredibly robust.
  • Responsive, capicitive touch screen – for incredibly simple and intuitive operation, and a bright, IPS technology, sunlight-readable color LCD for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
  • 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. also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable presets from our custom-designed powerful, wide-bandwidth headphone amp.
  • Built-in Bluetooth Smart® technology - allows for easy connection, control and metering.
  • Intuitive operation - with user-friendly navigation featuring Basic and Advanced modes. Basic mode allows users to record noise and distortion-free audio right out of the box – 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, headphone presets and more.
  • Perfect camera companion – offering HDMI Record triggering, timecode, and retractable 1/4-inch-20-thread mounting screw.
  • Flexible powering - for the ultimate in portability and convenience, the MixPre’s can be powered from AA batteries, Li-Ion batteries, a laptop’s USB-C or USB-A connectors, or AC wall outlet.

Each unit includes (1) one MX-4AA battery sled and (1) one MX-USBY cable.

FEATURES MIXPRE-10T MIXPRE-6 MIXPRE-3
Description 10 input, 12-track audio recorder w/timecode, mixing and USB audio interface 6 input, 8-track audio recorder w/mixing and USB audio interface 3 input, 5-track audio recorder w/mixing and USB audio interface
Recorder
Recording Media SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Auto-copy to USB Thumbdrive -- --
Tracks 12 (10 channel + mix) 8 (6 channel + mix) 5 (3 channel + mix)
Max Sampling Rate 192kHz 192kHz 96kHz
Max Bit Depth 24 24 24
Audio File Format Wav Poly Wav Poly Wav Poly
Metadata Editing
Sound Reports -- --
Playback Audio Scrub 1/8x to 16x (FFWD and REW) 1/8x to 16x (FFWD and REW) 1/8x to 16x (FFWD and REW)
USB
USB Ports 2 (1 USB-A, 1 USB-C) 2 (1 USB-A, 1 USB-C) 2 (1 USB-A, 1 USB-C)
USB Audio Streaming 12 in to/ 4 out from Mac &/or Windows with ASIO driver 8 in to/ 4 out from Mac &/or Windows with ASIO driver 5 in to/ 2 out from Mac &/or Windows with ASIO driver
Note: Maximum streaming on all models is 2 in / 2 out from Windows without ASIO driver.
Mixing
Simultaneous Recording, Mixing, USB audio streaming
Balanced Mic/Line Inputs 8 XLR/TRS combo 4 XLR/TRS combo 3 XLR
Aux/Mic In (3.5 mm)
4 uses: Camera Return, Plug-in-Power Mic, 2 ch Line In & Timecode
48V Phantom
Low Cut filters 40 - 160 Hz, 18dB/oct 40 - 160 Hz, 18dB/oct 40 - 160 Hz, 18dB/oct
Input Limiters Analog Analog Analog
Output Limiters Digital Digital Digital
Input Pair Linking (Stereo and/or M/S) Pairs 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 Pairs 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 Pair 1-2
4-Channel Linking 1-4, 5-8 1-4 --
Input Delay --
Input Polarity Reverse --
Input Gain, Pan, and Fader Controls
Input SOLOs (Individual or Multiple)
Balanced L/R Outputs (TA3) w/routing matrix -- --
Unbalanced Stereo Output (3.5 mm) w/routing matrix
Headphone Output (3.5 mm; wide bandwidth, high gain)
User-Programmable Headphone Presets
LCD Metering 3 meter views 3 meter views 3 meter views
Multi-Color Ring LED Metering Surrounding Fader Knobs
Slate Mic -- --
Tone Generator
Control Interface
Touchscreen, Sunlight-Readable
Ergonomic Channel Knobs
Tranport Controls Joystick w/LED Ring Backlit Buttons Backlit Buttons
Operation Modes: Basic, Advanced, Custom
Load/Save User Setup 4 internal, unlimited to SD card 4 internal, unlimited to SD card 4 internal, unlimited to SD card
Multi-function Star Shortcut(s) 2 (via switch) 1 (via button) --
Timecode
Built-in TC Generator ✓ (Free Run, Rec Run) -- --
Word Clock -- --
TC Reader Time of Day, HDMI or LTC via BNC or Aux In Time of Day, HDMI or LTC via Aux In Time of Day, HDMI or LTC via Aux In
Powering
Power Source 4-pin Hirose, 8x AA, L-mount 4x AA or 8x AA, L-mount, USB-C 4x AA or 8x AA, L-mount, USB-C
Remote Control
Wingman iOS and Android app ✓ (via integrated Bluetooth Smart) ✓ (via integrated Bluetooth Smart) ✓ (via integrated Bluetooth Smart)
Record Start/Stop Trigger ✓ (HDMI Flag or Timecode) ✓ (HDMI Flag or Timecode) ✓ (HDMI Flag or Timecode)
Physical
Die Cast Aluminium Chassis
1/4" 20 mounting
Size (W x D x H) 8.15 x 6.88 x 1.40 inches
(207mm x 175mm x 36mm)
6.53 x 4.65 x 1.40 inches
(166mm x 118mm x 36mm)
5.68 x 4.35 x 1.40 inches
(144mm x 110mm x 36mm)
Weight 32.0 oz (.90 kg) 19.9 oz (.56 kg) 16.8 oz (.48 kg)
Included Accessories
AA Battery Sled ✓ (MX-8AA - holds 8 cells) ✓ (MX-4AA - holds 4 cells) ✓ (MX-4AA - holds 4 cells)
Y-Cable (1 USB-C to 2 USB-A) --
Optional Accessories
MX-8AA Battery Sled Included
MX-Lmount Battery Sled (Li-Ion)
XL-WPH3 (Wall PSU w/Hirose) -- --
MX-PSU (Wall PSU w/USB-C)
(Formerly called MX-Charge)
--

Delivery Services

At Pinknoise Systems we like to offer our customers a wide choice of delivery options for their orders, and our prices are affordable and competitive. We also use only the best, most reliable couriers and delivery services to get your equipment where it needs to be - quickly and securely. Please find an outline of our services, prices and timescales below.

Service Timescale Price
UK Mainland Royal Mail Small Parcel 2-4 Days £3.99
UK Offshore Royal Mail 2-4 Days £9.99
UK Standard Courier 2-4 Days £6.49
UK Express Courier Next Day £7.99
International Shipping From 1-8 Days (Full Details) From £15.00

Delivery Times

Delivery times are based on when the packages leaves our premises. Sometimes, due to stock restrictions or a non completed order, delivery may take longer as there is a delay with dispatch. We will always notify customers of any issues and problems via email or telephone. If your order is urgent or details change please do let us know.

For full details, fees, and time schedules, please see our Delivery Information page.

Returns & Refunds

New items: You can return goods you have ordered from us for any reason, at any time within 7 working days of receipt, for a full refund or for an exchange for a different product from our range. The cost of returning goods to us shall be borne by you, the customer, in all circumstances without exception.

Items must be packed suitably and insured for full loss in the event of a delivery problem. Pinknoise Systems will not be responsible for lost or damaged return goods. Lost or damaged goods may effect the level of refund you receive.

Used items: Please note this does not apply to used item unless they are deemed faulty.

For full details of our returns policy, please click here.

Product Reviews
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Excellent
Friday, 3 November 2017  | 

Great mic amps, easy to use once the menus are learned. Don't try to power with 4 x Nimh cells. It needs much more power than that. With the supplied lead 2 x USB 2 gives basic power. 2 x USB 3 is fine. On location I use 2 x L batteries with the sled and it seems very happy. Almost too small but a great piece of kit.

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Rating:  
MixPre3 - Brilliant
Saturday, 27 May 2017  | 

MixPre3
This is a fantastic bit of kit - professional sound at a fraction of the price of SoundDevices full size mixer-recorders. Super-clean preamps and huge gain plus SoundDevices solid build quality and loads of configuration options. I was impressed with SoundDevices some ago when I bought the 442 mixer from John at Pinknoise - so when this multi track recorder-mixer / DAW was announced at NAB I put in a pre-order - confident that SoundDevices would not disappoint. To be honest I don't think you could better the sound quality at any price.

I have tested the pre-amps with very a low output dynamic mic (BeyerDynamic M201 TG) which is rated at only 1.1mv output - and with the 65db of gain I need to use that for quiet interviews there is absolutely NO circuit noise at all - even cranking up to 70db of gain is fine - and of course with anything else it romps home. The sound is pure and very 'open' with all types of mics - it really lets you hear what your mics are capable of (or not, as the case may be !). Talking of hearing - the headphone amp is also fantastic - clean and powerful, as SoundDevices say in their promos.

If you are used to using a full size mixer then you will have to get used to the small and closely spaced knobs - and the very small touch screen buttons but after playing with it for a couple of hours I had no problem tapping the right bits and flicking through the menus - which are very intuitive and easy to access - especially the channel set-up screens which only require a quick push of the channel knob. Using the headphone gain knob on the side to select menu choices (and text) is brilliant. Whilst the knobs are smaller than the full sized versions you soon get the hang of them since they have a small metal pin at the apex. I also like the ability to plug in a lapel mic to the AUX so I can use the mic from my radio kit without an adaptor or power supply.

I really cant' fault this - one of the rare products that meets your needs without saying 'I wish they had....' If you need more than three channels then you have the same spec in the MixPre6. If you buy one you'll be impressed - and I don't say that often !

I have also done a review on this for the IOV (Institute of Videography) which should be available shortly.

Chris North M.M.Inst.V

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