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Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer

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Product Highlights
  • Mic or Line Level Input and Output
  • +48V, +12V and +12V-T Phantom
  • Channels 1 and 2 are Stereo Linkable
  • Low-cut Filter Switches
  • Powered by 3 AA Batteries

The Sound Devices 302 is a professional, compact 3 channel audio mixer designed to meet the demands of professional film, ENG / EFP and broadcast applications. Its compact design, extensive feature set and superior audio quality justify the mixer's popularity among industry professionals. The 302 features 3 balanced XLR inputs that are capable of accepting mic or line-level signal (user switchable). The output stage features stereo (L/R) balanced XLR outputs that are also mic or line level switchable (factory set to line, refer to manual for mic level set up).

A user friendly control panel is accessible at the top of the unit for easy set up of additional functions or signal routing. Each channel provides individually switchable +48V, +12V and +12V-T phantom power for condenser microphones. Channels 1 and 2 are stereo linkable and a polarity (phase) reverse switch is provided on channel 2. This makes the 302 ideal for M-S stereo style capturing and monitoring. Input and output limiters are user switchable and eliminate noise and distortion caused by signal overload. Low-cut filter switches eliminate noise below 80Hz and the unit is powered by 3 AA batteries or external 5 - 18VDC power source.

3 Transformer Balanced Inputs
The compact mixer features 3 transformer balanced microphone or line level switchable inputs via XLR female 3-pin connectors.
Flexible Monitoring
The 302's headphone monitor out is capable of varying output impedance between 8 to 1000 ohms. The monitor source is capable of individual channel, mono, stereo, M-S to stereo monitoring and more.
Input and Output Limiting
Each input and stereo outputs provide input and output limiting that prevents signal overload, eliminating noise and distortion.
Polarity (Phase) Reverse Switch
Channels 1 & 2 are stereo linkable, channel 2 features a polarity (phase) reverse switch. This makes the 302 ideal for decoding M-S stereo captured audio signal.
Selectable Phantom Power
The unit is capable of powering condenser microphones requiring +48V, +12V and +12V-T phantom power. Phantom power is individually switched for every channel.
Low Cut Filter
A low-cut filter switch is available on every input, removing noise and rumble below 80Hz.
Inputs 3 - 3-pin LR female: microphone / line level level
Output 2 - 3-pin LR male: microphone / line level refer to manual for set up
Monitor/Headphone Out PHONES: 1/8" (3.5mm) mini stereo output jack
ALT I/O RN: 1/8" (3.5mm) mini stereo output jack - monitor input / alternate ch. 4&5 inputs refer to manual for set up
TAPE OUT/MIX OUT: TA3-type unbalanced
Link Input/Output Above TAPE OUT / MIX OUT is also used to link to the Mix In of a 442 or 302
Impedance Inputs:
2.5k ohms (actual), XLR, mic setting, < 500 ohm Mics
16k ohms (actual), XLR, line setting, < 2k ohm outputs
Outputs:
150 ohms (actual), XLR factory Line setting, > = 600 ohm mics
150 ohms (actual), mic (lowest) setting, < 2k ohm outputs
Gain XLR Inputs:
75dB, mic / 35dB, line - XLR output @ factory (line) setting
0-16dB 2dB steps, mic / 40-56dB 2dB steps, line - XLR output attenuated
Hum & Noise EIN: -126dBu (-128 BV) max (22Hz - 22kHz bandwidth , flat filter, trim control fully up)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz, +0.2, -0.5dB, -1dB @ 5Hz and 50kHz typical
Distortion THD + Noise: 0.007% typical (1kHz, +4dBu at Line Out) 0.009 max (50Hz to 20kHz, +18dBu at Line out, fader fully up)
Metering Stereo (L/R) 20 segment, sunlight viewable LED meters
Control Voltage Out No
Phantom Power 12V, 12V-T & 48V
Operating Temperature Operating: -20 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius, 0 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)
Storage: -40 degrees to 85 degrees Celsius
Power 130mA @ 4.5V, internal batteries, idle, no phantom
55mA @ 12V external DC, idle, no phantom
Dimensions 1.8 x 8.4 x 4.5" (47 x 214 x 114mm) (HxWxD)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.85kg) unpackaged with three alkaline AA batteries
Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer
  • Setup Menu Card
  • 4 x Bumpers
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Phone (3.5 to 6.3mm) Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sound Devices302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer
     
    4.9

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Compact (29)
    • Easy to use (20)
    • Excellent sound (20)
    • Simple controls (18)
    • Versatile (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (24)
      • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Performances (8)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Soundtracks (6)
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      5.0

      Outstanding

      By nsxdavid

      from St. Louis, MO

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      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

        The 302 is an outstanding field mixer/limiter. The day-light bright LEDs and large faders let you ride the mix in real-time easily. The electronics and signal paths are exceptionally clean. If you need this sort of thing, the 302 should be a no-brainier purchase.

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        5.0

        Amazing Sound

        By Escafandra

        from Bogotá

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

          This is the best buy that I did for my company. It's good to work without floor noises. Clear and comfortable.

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          5.0

          Amazingly clean and quiet preamps

          By Bladeaudio

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

            Amazingly clean and quiet preamps. Does just what you want it to do, the way you want it to do it. After using this for field recording, I don't think I could ever go back to any other device.

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            5.0

            Good for all works

            By Fanfrit

            from São Paulo, SP - Brazil

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            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Music Videos
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

              This is a very simple and powerful mixer. It has a good size and weight. Perfect for any type of professional productions.

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              4.0

              Great mixer

              By Bear

              from Shenandoah Valley in VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Professional Recording
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                I do location sound for a videographer in all arenas from urban streets to idyllic farms and have found this unit robust and very easy to use. The adjustable meter light intensity and the peak-holding option are very helpful for accurately controlling my sound levels.

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                5.0

                Works great

                By Mike B

                from Chicago

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                  I needed a good mixer so I could use my lav & boom mics easily with the Canon 5D Mark III and the C300. The audio is very clean and the controls are easy to work with.

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                  5.0

                  Great Little Mixer

                  By Sgt. Dan's Bro

                  from Canton, OH

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events

                    Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                    I am just starting to shoot my first documentary and this mixer is easy to transport and sounds great. I am pretty knew to the sound game, but after a couple of outings, I find that I am really starting to get a handle on it. Sending a tone to your camera is simple and easy to do. The adjustment knobs are easily accessible on the fly. Thus far, I really have nothing negative to say about this product.

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                    5.0

                    Top of the Line

                    By Sam the Videographer

                    from Phoenix, AZ

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Music Videos
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording
                      • Video camera input

                      Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                      If you're trying to break into the world of professional sound, this field mixer is the first step. It has no shortage of options, controls, functions and the three xlr inputs give me flexibility when it comes to choosing my mic setups. I use this mixer to hook up lav and shotgun (boom) mics up to my camera.

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic Mixer!

                        By Edward

                        from San Francisco, CA

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording
                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                          Great mixer for the price. I use it with my SD 702 and I have been loving it so far. Worth every penny that I paid it for. Great build quality as always from Sound Devices. UI is very well thought of. Even though the setup menu can seem a bit quirky at first, but they're a breeze once you get the hang of it.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Mixer!

                          By Edward

                          from San Francisco, CA

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Field Recording
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                            You can't really go wrong with Sound Devices. I use this with my 702 and usually the setup is 2 channels for wireless lavs and the third for boom. It's more than enough for field recording, SFX gathering, etc.

                            It's really well-built and I won't worry too much when I bump into something or drop it. Great sound quality and great controls too. The interface for the menus is really well implemented. Well worth the money! Don't go cheap and try to save a bit by buying lower end products.

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                            5.0

                            Sir Mix a Lot!

                            By Mi-Lo

                            from Oakland, CA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Tiny controls

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentaries
                            • Indie features
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                            This is a great little mixer. It's compact size in no way leaves out the important parts of an EFP mixer. I've used this mixer on an indie feature the other day and it produced excelent sound with almost no noise or hum. It can send your mics phantom power and the batteries can be alkaline or lithium. I'd say it's the tool to do the job right.

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                            5.0

                            Great for run and gun.

                            By Spirit Juice Studios

                            from 11350 South Harlem Ave Suite2 Worth, IL

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Music Videos
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                              This is a great, small, and simple to use product.
                              If you want better quality audio and still be compact. This is the piece for you.

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                              5.0

                              The Sound Device 302

                              By B. Damouni

                              from Lebanon (Middle east)

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                I worked on several projects previously using Sound device mixers. The 4 channel mixer is much better than the 302, but if compared with the price and size and the if you need more channels. 302 will be more than enough for documentaries.

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                                5.0

                                302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer

                                By College Student

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                  A little history first. I first encountered this product while taking a film class at a local community college. And when I went to research it to see if the equipment the college was using was decent, I was surprised that it was better. As a class we all had a chance to use it and learn the basics. And I was impressed by all it could do I started saving money for it, it took about a year to finally muster up the cash to pay for one. I usually record my churches preachings and some special events via a small HD camcorder and the way I'm going to use it is by connecting it to the main mixer and being able to control my audio volume and monitoring it without having to disturb the audio guys. One thing that I found intriguing was that the RTN input can become an extra 4/5 channel with left side/right side or both to choose from, for those auxiliary/mp3/line-in devices. This can be setup thru the menu which isn't too hard to do, it takes a few minutes to figure out. There's a few minor nuances like hard to reach switches, battery life, which is expected in a portable power house mixer, but nothing big enough that would make this product not worth buying.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great

                                  By Mike

                                  from VA

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                      Great mixer with great features.

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                                      5.0

                                      Much better than direct-to-camera sound

                                      By Bill Latka

                                      from Traverse City, MI - Los Angeles, CA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Eats batteries

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                      I produce & direct documentaries - typically with small crews. This mixer gives incredibly clean sound, and makes even a one-microphone setup sound better than feeding audio direct to the camera. Really elevates the work.

                                      Uses AA batteries, but goes through them in a hurry. Switching to a block battery in the future.

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                                      5.0

                                      Absolutely Fine

                                      By Dan

                                      from Los Angeles

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                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Adj Meter Ballististics
                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Excellent Limiters
                                      • Externally Powerable
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Mini Headphone Out
                                      • Setup Menu Confusing

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Field-Location Interviews

                                      Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                      Over the years, bad audio has caused me more problems than bad video. For the small crew, audio's always an afterthought and unless you have a dedicated audio guy, nobody really cares…until it's too late. "Why didn't I have enough level? Where'd that hum come from? Whatdaya mean you only got camera mic audio? I didn't realize he was overdriving so badly!"

                                      When it came time to buy a personal mixer, at first I didn't want to spend the big bucks. Then I realized that our Shure FP-33s at work (which are beginning to show their design age) have outlasted every camera we have ever had, and will outlast every future camera we will ever own. The reason is simple: good pro audio gear will always deliver the audio you need and give you the tools you need to set levels properly, monitor both the mixer and the camera and provide seamless limiting to avoid overdriving. A piece of cut-rate equipment will eventually let you down, if not in performance, then features. There will come a time when you will want to do something your less expensive mixer simply can't do.

                                      When I realized how long I will use a mixer and how I may want to "grow" into the mixer's features, it was a lot easier to drop the bucks on a pro mixer. For the kind of production I do (one camera with one, maybe two, mics, doing lots of high-pressure executive interviews) this purchase will be my last field mixer…unless I need to support something that needs more than three inputs.

                                      So, which one to buy? Time and again, the reviews on every lower priced mixer I looked at said, "It's okay, but it's no Sound Devices." So I looked at the 302.

                                      Its design (especially the really-flexible LED-VU meter) inspires confidence. It's built like a rigid aluminum brick that is surprising small and light for all its capabilities. Its switch and button layout are just right.

                                      The 302 has warning LEDs for every important parameter:

                                      - Overloading the input trim? An LED lights.

                                      - Bumping up against the limiter? An LED lights (for each channel).

                                      - Did you use the manually adjustable output to change the output level to something other than Line Out? An LED lights right next to the output XLR connectors telling you "YOU'RE NOT SENDING LINE OUT!"

                                      - Are you overloading the headphone monitoring because the camera's monitoring volume is too high? A HP-overload LED lights.

                                      - Did you leave the unit on? An LED lights to remind you you're killing the batteries.

                                      - Batteries getting low? The LED blinks—and you can pick which voltage that LED blinks, based on what kind of battery is powering it.

                                      - Want to use external power? Get a Hirose HR10-7P-4P click-lock connector and whatever kind of battery you want to attach to it between 5-18 VDC.

                                      - Want to check voltage for both internal and external power sources? Press the BATT button and the VU meter becomes a Volt meter.

                                      - The LED VU meter has four brightness levels from "dim" to "dazzling" for viewing in broad daylight. Believe me, you will see the VU meter no matter what light you're working in.

                                      And talk about flexibility: there are eighteen arcane parameters (more if you count sub-levels of adjustment within each of those parameters) that can be adjusted via the Setup Menu. Things like "Split-Ear Monitor." (This sums the Return from the camera into the left ear and the 302's R program to the right ear, should you want to set the mixer up for this.) Download the manual from SD to read about them all.

                                      But this flexibility comes at a cost: it's a bit confusing to make all these adjustments using only the LEDs of the VU meter and three buttons. You have to study the manual, have it next to you, and experiment a lot before you become comfortable making these adjustments. Fortunately, there is a Default Restore setting that can restore 1) User Default; 2) Factory Default; or 3) Custom Default. It would be better if there was an LCD screen that showed you these parameters in English, but that's a different machine.

                                      The Headphone Monitor selector switch has an amazing eleven positions for monitoring, plus the aforementioned Split-Ear monitoring (that sets up in firmware). At the twist of a knob, you can hear what the camera's getting or hear what the mixer is sending, listen to each mic individually or hear M/S stereo if you're recording that way.

                                      A key accessory for any pro mixer is a "Breakaway cable" that runs from the mixer to the camera and also sends the camera's headphone monitor return back to the mixer. You can accomplish the same thing with two mic cables and a stereo mini cable, but they tangle easily. This breakaway cable is built of Canare model MR202-4AT cable that has four individual shielded mic cables inside its flexible outer sheath. Only three of the four shielded inner cables are used: two have male and female XLR connectors and one has two male stereo mini plugs on it. The XLRs feed the Line Out from the mixer to the camera's Line In and the mini stereo feeds the camera's Headphone Out back to the Return In on the mixer. The official Canare Breakaway cable sold at B&H is pretty expensive, but that's because it has an additional multi-pin connector in the middle, about three feet from the camera end of the cable, that lets you rapidly "break" the cable from the camera without unplugging the two XLR and mini connectors. This allows the cameraman to run to the next location in a hurry if necessary. When the audio guy catches up, he just snaps the cable back together and you're back in business. The cable is only 15 feet long, though…fine if you're both on your feet, but a little short in my opinion for some location shooting. I built one from bulk MR202-4AT cable and Neutrik connectors that's about 18'-20' long that doesn't have the breakaway connector. It works great.

                                      The tone generator outputs 1K at 0dB for setting up the camera's input properly, while simultaneously muting the mic inputs. (I usually set the camera to -20dB so there's plenty of headroom.) Now I know that if I hit 0 on the 302's meter, I have 20dB more headroom on the camera and if I overdrive the VU on the 302 a bit, the camera won't go into distortion. But even if a loud transient comes, the 302's input and output limiters come to the rescue smoothly and seamlessly. No more crackling audio. Output limiter thresholds are manually adjustable between +4 and +20 dB in 1dB steps, if desired. Input limiters are normally active, but can be defeated if desired. Again, you'll need to read and understand the manual, then figure what the blinking setup LEDs mean before you do this.

                                      The other position of the Tone switch activates a built-in slate mic so you can verbally slate the take.

                                      There are bass roll-off switch settings for each input at 80 and 160 Hz to attenuate air conditioning and other low frequencies before they cause trouble.

                                      Each mic can be hard-switch-panned Left, Center or Right. No pan pot.

                                      Three different phantom powering switch positions are available: "DYN" (0) for dynamic mics that don't need power; "PH" for normal phantom powering (12 or 48VDC switchable); "T" for mics like our old Sennheiser shotguns that need T-type power. (This is great: no need to haul the clumsy Sennheiser T-power supply around and worry about its battery life.)

                                      The 302 updates the Shure FP33's classic design. The FP33 is simply from an analog past while the 302 is geared to today's digital recording world. For instance, the 302's meter ballistics are adjustable: Peak; VU; Peak+VU; Peak-Hold+VU. The LEDs can respond instantaneously as Peak or more averaged VU.

                                      User friendly touches abound: you see that battery tube sticking out the right side where the three internal AA cells go? You'd think that would get in the way, but it's just the opposite. The tube sticks out about as far as an XLR plug when a mic cable is plugged in. So when you need to change batteries, the screw-off tube cover is right there, easy to find and grasp. The cap has a chain so you can't lose it. The tube is sealed so even if the cells leak, they won't corrode the innards. Compare that to the FP-33 that has a battery compartment on top that you can't get to when it's in its case; and that the FP33 also takes two 9 Volt cells, which are a pain to stock compared to the much more common AA cells.

                                      About the only con is that it only has a mini-stereo output for headphones and it comes out the left side. I bought a small right angle mini-stereo male-female elbow so the headphone connection is accessible from the front. It does come with a mini to ¼" adapter that also solves this "problem."

                                      Overall, I love this mixer. It's super quiet, delivers excellent gain, the pots are absolutely noiseless and smooth, yet stiff enough not to be moved accidentally, and I always know what it's doing and its battery state. It has singlehandedly reduced the pressure on me during high stress executive interviews and always brings home good audio.

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                                      5.0

                                      Rock solid professional mixer

                                      By Dan

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Field Interviews
                                        • Professional Recording
                                        • Teleprompted executives

                                        Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                        Our department has a couple of Shure FP33 3-channel field mixers that have served us well for years and years. When it came time to buy the mixer that I would use, I looked at a bunch of lower priced and lowered featured mixers. Parting with the big bucks for a really top notch pro unit like the 302 seemed so extravgant, but every time I read the reviews they said, "Mixer X is a good unit, but it's no Sound Devices 302."

                                        Then I looked at the Shure FP33's and realized they had outlived every camera our department's used in the last twenty years and were still going strong even though their design is beginning to show some age. Cameras come and go, but good audio is simply good audio. You plug the best mic you can into the best mixer you can afford and it will deliver clean, quiet professional audio year after year with very high confidence.

                                        So I got the 302 and can't be more pleased. If you're handling a room full of radio mics, this is too small, but most of my shoots have only one person talking, maybe two or three max.

                                        The key to a great setup is the Canare breakaway cable that sends the mix to the camera and allows you to monitor the return from the camera's headphone out. That single cable (that's really two mic cables and a mini-stereo return in a single sheath) allows a clean tangle-free path to the camera and fast setup.

                                        The mixer itself is a marvel of engineering. It's built like a brick, the pots are smooth and quiet, the line output can be padded down to whatever output you want. Internal and external power are totally flexible with user-settable warning voltages that cause an LED to blink when the batteries fade. There's also an LED that's on whenever the power switch is on, so you don't kill your batteries because you forgot to turn it off when you're done. This sounds insignificant, but losing power in the middle of a shoot is a sure way to failure.

                                        The 302 sets up so fast and reliably that I never leave it behind unless I'm by myself and handholding. It's really quiet and puts out a consistent signal that's always right. It has excellent limiters so I don't overdrive the digital inputs that are so unforgiving if driven to distortion.

                                        I could go on and on, but this I know: I will be using this mixer with whatever camera I will be using far into the future, regardless of that camera's cost, format or complexity. It'll still have an XLR-in and be looking for a first class audio signal. The 302 will be able to do the job..

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent!

                                        By JOT

                                        from Los Angeles, CA

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                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Documentaries
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                          Great, compact mixer. I shoot documentaries and find it invaluable.

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                                          5.0

                                          Best of the best

                                          By contactscott

                                          from Austin, TX

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                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • EFP
                                            • ENG

                                            Comments about Sound Devices 302 Portable 3 Channel Field Mixer:

                                            I work full time as a freelance location mixer having been an A1 or A2 on shows airing on every broadcast and cable network. I tend to work four to five days each week and for six years now the 302 has been my go to mixer providing many many hours of reliable clean sound day after day and year after year. It's been with me in many countries around the world and through many challenging sound environments from Katrina in New Orleans (and 12 other storms before and after) to the high Swiss alpen to the dessert expanses. It's provided sound for many network live shots and fortune 500 CEOs in sit down interviews. There's only one SD302 and for me it's my first choice for size and weight when I don't need four or five channels from my 552 or 442. The cost is fair for the quality you'll get and the years of confident service it will provide. Your reputation depends on it and the 302 delivers.

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