Sound Devices MixPre-3

Audio recorder, mixer, and USB audio interface
MFR# MixPre-3
Sound Devices MixPre-3
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The Sound Devices MixPre-3 is perfect for getting great big tones without taking up too much space, making it perfect for field recording, videographers, project studios, sound designers, podcasts, Youtubers, even writing sessions.

Mixpre-3 is equipped with new Kashmir Preamps, a discrete, Class-A preamp designed by Sound Devices. 32-bit A/D converters ensure the highest quality audio recordings. Each channel has a -130 dBV noise floor, and analog limiters.

Mixpre-3 works great as a USB interface, but has a unique ability to also record directly to an SD card, making it great for on site recordings. Its small, pocket-sized design, and die-cast aluminum chassis helps with mobility when you’re on the go. A touchscreen interface makes Mixpre-3 work seamlessly as a stand-alone unit.

The MixPre-3 offers Basic and Advanced modes. Basic mode is intended for stereo recording applications, such as interviews, video blogs, music or podcasts. Advanced mode offers access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and Mid/Side channel linking, headphone presets and more. MixPre-3 includes integrated Bluetooth Smart for easy connection, control and metering via iOS devices.

MixPre-3 has a retractable ¼-20 mounting capacity making it a perfect pairing for a wide variety of cameras, because the male and female ¼-20 threads are captive, they cannot be lost and are always available.

Capable cameras can feed Timecode to the device over the micro HDMI input, making it very easy to sync sound and video. Timecode can also be fed into the 3.5 mm input from an external TC generator. The MixPre-3’s micro HDMI input can receive "record triggers", which automatically starts and stops MixPre-3 recording via the camera’s record button.

Mixpre-3 can be powered by a USB connection, or the use of AA batteries if you are on the go.


Additional Information

Condition New
Width 5.68 in
Depth 4.35 in
Height 1.4 in
Unit Weight 1.1 lb
Chassis Desktop
Input Connectors Analog XLR, 1/4 in. TRS
Output Connectors 1/4 in. TRS
Computer Connection USB
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz

The MixPre-3 is an amazing little recorder! I have to admit the AA battery situation is a little depressing. 4 AA's last 8 minutes average recording time but don't despair it's a great little backup. The Sound Devices MX-LMount Battery Sled is a neat option for 65 bucks but then a good battery is (XL-B3 Lithium Ion Battery) is 98 bucks. I did a little research and discovered the Anker PowerCore II Speed 20000 Portable Charger works really great! You can find it on eBay or Best Buy for around 65 dollars. I took a chance, bought it, charged it and took out for a field test. I plugged to condenser mic, set the phantom power on. On two separate evenings I recorded for 3 consecutive hours. The PowerCore wasn't even dented either night (both evenings the cell was fully charged). If you don't mind having a dangling USB-C cable this is probably the best option.

In summary the sound of the MixPre-3 is better than I imagines. It's also tiny, it fit into my parka coat jacket connected to the battery and a set of earphones. Perfect for subway riders, foot commuters, the musician community, ENG folks and the Film and Video people.
Its an amazing step up from the Zoom! Like several stories of steps up.

My only wish would be for the XLR inputs to be multi-connectors so I can plug my guitar into it.

By Sound Laboratories Damian on April 1, 2018

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