Sound Devices has introduced the second generation of its mobile MixPre-3/6 and 10 audio recorders, sound mixers and USB interface combos, which can record sound to SD card as well as stream it via USB and PC. The update brings completely new features like 32-bit floating point recording and a variable limiter as well as functions for the two smaller models MixPre-3 II and 6 II which were previously reserved for the top model MixPre-10, such as 192 KHz recording, an internal timecode generator/reader, USB file copy and 10 seconds pre-roll recording. The functionality is generally unified: all models can now record at 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 96 and 192 kHz sampling rates.
The Three New MixPre-3/6 and 10
The three models differ above all in the number and type of inputs and tracks: the models MixPre-3 II and MixPre-6 II each have 3 XLR or 4 XLR/TRS as well as a 3.5 mm Aux-In Inputs, 3x2 or 6x2 Mixer, 5 In/2 Out or 8 In/4 Out USB Audio Interface Streams to the computer via USB-C via ASIO (Mac/Win), 3 or 4 preamps as well as 5 or 8 recording tracks. Both have a 3.5mm stereo audio output - both the 3.5mm Aux In and the HDMI input can act as timecode triggers.
MixPre-3/6 and 10 Function Comparison
The MixPre-10 II is equipped with 8 XLR/TRS and a 3.5 mm Aux-In input, a 10x4 mixer, 12 In/4 Out USB audio streams via ASIO (Mac/Win), 8 preamps and 12 recording tracks. Audio Out works via +18 dBu TA3 and 3.5 mm X1/X2 outputs - the 3.5 mm Aux In as well as the HDMI or BNC input can act as timecode triggers.
The devices are operated via the knobs and their (320 x 200 IPS) touch screen in two modes - the simple beginner mode for stereo recordings for interviews or a video blog and the advanced mode with the possibility to make multi-channel recordings and functions such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, headphone presets, mid/side channel linking, delay and more. The knobs also allow intuitive mixing of the recorded audio.
The devices can also be controlled via Bluetooth using the associated iOS App. The recording can also be started or stopped via HDMI flag or timecode. Just like this function, the retractable 1/4-20 mount on the case is designed to mount the MixPre under a camera, especially for use with video DSLRs. The MixPres can be operated via AA or Sony L-Mount batteries for mobile use, otherwise the required power can also come from the computer via USB-C or from the wall socket.
The functions can be extended using plug-ins: the free Ambisonics plugin enables 360° audio recording, the 49 dollar Musician plugin provides integrated functions for musicians such as overdub, bounce, reverb and tracking to a metronome. The new Sound Devices MixPre-3/6/10 II are now available for 649, 849 and 1,399 dollars respectively.(Thanks to Uncle Danny)