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Mix-Pre3

The lightweight, high-resolution MixPre-3 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.

The versatile MixPre-3 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 aluminum chassis, the MixPre Series is both lightweight and incredibly robust.
  • Responsive, capacitive 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 via iOS devices from the Sound Devices free Wingman app.
  • 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.

Display320x240; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
Frequency Response10Hz to 40kHz +/- 0.5 dBre 1 kHz @ 96 kHz sample rate
Equivalent Input Noise-130 dBV (-128 dBu) max, (A-weighting, gain=76 dB, 150-Ohm source impedance)
Inputs
  • Mic: XLR active-balanced; 4k input Z
  • Line: XLR active-balanced; 4k input Z
  • Aux/Mic in: 3.5mm TRS, 2-channel unbalanced; 100k input Z
  • USB Audio: 2 channels
  • All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected.
Maximum Input Level
  • Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
  • Line XLR: +40dBu (limiters on or off)
  • Aux In (Mic): -10dBu
  • Aux In (Line): +10dBu
Gain
  • Mic input: +6dB to +76dB
  • Line input: -20dB to +30dB
  • Fader: -inf to +20dB
  • Headphone: -inf to +20dB
  • Total, Mic-to-recording (max): +96dB
  • Aux In (Mic): Gain = +10dB to +40dB
  • Aux In (Line): Gain = -10dB to +20dB
  • Total Aux Gain including Fader (Mic-to-recording): +60dB
Limiter
Limiter at all gain stages, range > 40dB. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.
Sampling Frequency
  • 44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz
  • 96 kHz
Bit Depth16, 24
Recording Storage
  • Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
  • Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
  • Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
File TypeWAV (Broadcast Wave File Format) with embedded timecode stamp and metadata
Timecode Modes
  • Time of Day (file stamped w/current ToD)
  • LTC Input (file stamped w/incoming LTC on Aux 3.5mm)
  • HDMI TC (file stamped w/incoming TC from HDMI & sample clock slaved from HDMI sample clock. Only works on specific cameras that support HDMI TC.
Timecode Frame Rates:
  • Auto-detects (fps): 23.98 (same as 23.976)
  • 24
  • 25
  • 29.97
  • 29.97DF
  • 30
Remote Control
  • Bluetooth Smart: Wireless control using Wingman app
    Compatible with Android v5.0 or later, IOS v8.0 or later
  • HDMI: Auto-record start/stop trigger from cameras that output record flag over HDMI
  • Timecode: Auto-record start/stop trigger via Aux In timecode
Power
  • AA Batteries: 4x AA sled (included); 8x AA sled (optional accessory). NiMH recommended
  • From computer: Bus-powered via USB-C port; use MX-USBY cable (included), connects one USB-C to two USB-A ports
  • AC Adapter: MX-Charge (not included) Power supply wall adapter w/ USB-C connector; 15W; has 4 adapter plugs for US, UK, AU & Europe
  • L-Mount: Optional sled for 2x (hot-swappable) Sony L-type Li-ion batteries
Dimensions144 mm x 110 mm x 36 mm (H x W x D); 5.68” x 4.35” x 1.40”
Weight0,48Kg; 16.8 oz. (without batteries)

Flexible Powering Options available:

  • AC Adapter (MX-Charge)
  • Spare battery sled for 4 AA batteries (MX-4AA)
  • Spare battery sled for 8 AA Batterien (MX-8AA)
  • L-Mount battery sled for Sony L-type batteries (MX-LMount)
  • Y cabel with 1x USB-C und 2x USB-A connectors, used for powering MixPre-3/6 from a computer