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Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

You Pay: $899.00
Product Highlights
  • Compact Design
  • Mic/Line XLR Inputs with Phantom
  • Limiters and High Pass Filters
  • Standard or MS Mode Linking
  • Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
  • Mic/Line/AES Selectable Digital Outputs
  • 24-bit USB Streaming Output
  • Headphone Monitoring
  • 16-Segment GaN LED Output Meter
  • Battery or External Power

The MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer from Sound Devices is a versatile audio mixer built for the digital age. Based on the popular MixPre, the "D" in the name indicates the extensive digital technology that's been incorporated into the mixer. The MixPre-D features a pair of studio-grade mic/line XLR inputs with limiters, high-pass filters, and phantom power. The inputs can be linked in standard or MS mode for stereo recordings. These options are configured via easy-to-use front panel controls.

The MixPre-D puts a heavy emphasis on output, due to the increasing number of cameras and devices being used in professional productions. It offers a pair of mic/line XLR outputs, one of which can also be switched to AES digital output. There is a TA3 consumer mic level output, ideal for DSLR-type inputs, plus a 3.5mm aux output and a 1/4" headphone jack for monitoring. A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output is also offered, providing internet connection with Mac, Windows, Linux, and select iOS devices, plus computer audio in the MixPre-D headphones.

Other features of the MixPre-D include a sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness, and a slate microphone and tone oscillator for labeling takes. The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input. The extruded aluminum chassis provides excellent strength and durability while keeping weight down for portability.

Compact and lightweight design with a high-strength extruded aluminum chassis and metal connectors for professional field use
Based on the popular MixPre mixer, with additional digital technology to meet the changing needs of the current production landscape
Studio-grade transformer-balanced mic/line XLR inputs with unclippable peak limiters, 80/160Hz high-pass filters, and 48V or 12V phantom power allow you to connect a variety of input devices
The inputs can be linked in standard or mid-side stereo matrix mode with width control and front-panel channel flip for stereo recordings
Input panning is provided for left, center, or right to the outputs
Pair of XLR mic/line outputs, one of which can also be switched to digital AES output with a sample rate of 44.1/48/96kHz
The 3.5mm return jack can be used as channel 3/4 aux level inputs with selectable pan and level control
A TA3 consumer mic level output provides ideal connection for DSLR-type inputs
A 3.5mm aux output allows you to connect additional equipment
A 1/4" stereo headphone jack provides monitoring of program audio or external return audio
A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output provides interconnection with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, plus select iOS devices. No drivers are required
Sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness provides convenient visual monitoring of audio levels
A slate microphone and tone oscillator make it easy to label takes
The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input
Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz, +0.2, -0.5dB (Relative to 1kHz level with 150 ohm source, gain controls set at 50%)
EIN -126dBu (-128dBV) maximum mic in to line out (150 ohm source, flat weighting, 22Hz - 22kHz bandwidth, gain control set at 50% or higher, phantom power off)
Input Clipping Level Mic: -10dBu minimum
Line: +28dBu minimum
Output Clipping Level Mic: -18dBu minimum with 100 kohm load
Line: +22dBu minimum with 100 kohm load
Gain Mic to Line, max: 66dB
Line to Line, max: 26dB
Line to Mic, max: -14dB
Mic to Mic, max: 26dB
Mic (TA3) relative to Line out: -36dB
Dynamic Range 110dB minimum, mic input to line output
THD + Noise 0.05% maximum (from 50Hz to 22kHz @ +4dBu output level)
CMRR 100dB minimum at 80Hz, 60dB minimum at 10kHz
Connectors 2 x Transformer-Balanced XLR Mic/Line Inputs
2 x XLR Mic/Line (1 AES) Outputs
1 x 3.5mm Tape Return
1 x 3.5mm Tape Out
1 x TA3 Male Mic Output
1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack 1 x USB Port
1 x DC Power Input
Input Impedance Mic: 2 kohms
Line: 16 kohms
Output Impedance XLR Mic/Line: 100 ohms
XLR-AES3: 110 ohms
TA3: 200 ohms
3.5mm: 2.1 kohms
USB USB class-compliant device, analog input to USB output, USB monitoring in headphones
103dB typical, A-weighted; sample rate selectable 44.1, 48, or 96kHz
Output Noise -100dBu (-102dBV) maximum (22Hz - 22kHz bandwidth, flat filter)
High-Pass Filter 80 or 160Hz (switch selectable), 6dB per octave
Phantom Power 12V through 680 ohm resistors or 48V through 6.8 kohm resistors (switch selectable)
Limiter Threshold adjustable, +8dBu to +18dBu, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1mS attack time, 200mS release time
Metering 16 segment x 2 GaN (Gallium Nitride) meters, peak + VU responding, adjustable brightness
Power Internal: 2 x AA alkaline batteries, 4 hours life typical, no phantom power
External: 5-18VDC via 4-pin Hirose, pin 4 = positive, pin 1 = negative, completely isolated floating supply
Environmental Operating Temp: -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Storage Temp: -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)
Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%, non-condensing
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.7 x 3.7 x 5.5" (43 x 94 x 140mm)
Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7kg) (with batteries)
Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer
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    Sound DevicesMixPre-D Compact Field Mixer
     
    4.7

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (29)
    • Excellent sound (28)
    • Easy to use (25)
    • Simple controls (23)
    • Versatile (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (25)
      • Amateur recording (11)
      • Performances (10)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (24), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      One With The Lot (To Go)

      My audio appetite's undiminished after more than four decades of live or "as live" mixing and recording worldwide, so (like most who work in sound) I do enjoy being...Read complete review

      My audio appetite's undiminished after more than four decades of live or "as live" mixing and recording worldwide, so (like most who work in sound) I do enjoy being well-fed.

      Now, when it comes to the "main course", THIS little bash-resistant box costs about the same as a high quality stereo mic pre-amp or analog to AES converter.

      The MixPre-D includes both of those ...and outperforms many highly fancied "audiophile" units, most of which will only work from mains power.

      Sound Devices then serve up a whole feast of "side dishes", at no extra charge...

      1) A pair of truly universal inputs that are instantly configurable (for dual mono, or gain and "width" mid/side, or gain and pan stereo) and controlled via silky rotary faders. They're also individually routable to left, right or centre with the option of individual 80Hz or 160Hz "rumble" filters insertable before any amplification takes place,

      2) A level-adjustable stereo "return" input that can not only be used for "confidence" monitoring, but can also be re-tasked as a stereo source mixed under or over those being controlled on its front panel,

      3) The ability to accept external DC powering, with a voltage range wide enough to run directly from a standard automotive "cigarette lighter" fused plug as well as from an external mains adapter,

      4) Metering that's brilliant in every sense of that word,

      5) Switchgear that, although compact, seems genuinely "industrial strength" and

      6) Really well researched graphical display and ergonomics, from the standard tripod thread socket on its underside, to the placement of every slot, switch, control and button.

      In summary, the MixPre-D delivers heavyweight performance while being a truly "low fat" delight for the audio gourmet.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good, but not enough..

      I expect this so much, but I have a little disappointed. I found out this mic preamp's performance is almost same to DR-680(unmodded). I did several comparison with dr-680 and...Read complete review

      I expect this so much, but I have a little disappointed. I found out this mic preamp's performance is almost same to DR-680(unmodded). I did several comparison with dr-680 and dr-40. But limiter performance I like. It does not give LINE OUT level control, and not give stereo output level control. SD only sale expensive cables and connectors. This product is too expensive compared with it's performance. But I admit this is an interesting toy, and I will use this in my film production. I believe if you use high quality and high output mic (eg. mkh-60, mkh-50) with dr-100 mkII will win this product plus mid-range mic.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Fabs the badboy

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Amazing Limiter
      • Analog To Digital Convert
      • Crazy Value
      • Ergonomic
      • Flexible Input Output
      • Good Pre Amps
      • It's A Adda Converter
      • Very Tough

      Cons

      • For This Price Range-none

      Best Uses

      • Interface
      • Pre-amplimiter

      Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

      Like other times when I resisted to the urge to save money and just bought a industry standard product, I have been very pleased. Going to this unit from the built in pres on my handheld tascam recorder has greatly improved my audio quality. Let's look at what you get for the price:-2 good preamps (4 out of 5 rating under all price ranges, 5 out 5 for under $[$])-2 amazing limiters (the best I've ever heard)-A high quality AD/DA converter-Great headphone amp-Great metering-Very flexible inputs, outputs and power supply-A very rugged and practical metal caseALL FOR UNDER $1,000!That's an amazing deal, having used it for a while now I would pay way more for the unit if I had to.Being the co-founder of a small (3 man) video production company I originally bought it because I wanted to have less noisey pre-amps for our field recording. We shoot with DSLRs and have always used a handheld TASCAM DR, which I think is a good recorder they threw bad pre-amps and a 'limiter' on after the fact. I instantly noticed a reduction in noise, which I later tested to be true. But more than just noise there is a deeper, very noticeable, but also hard to quantify improvement in audio quality. It's not just better response in one frequency but a more open, pleasing sound, like you are really hearing the best the microphone has to offer. Having done a lot of music recording a lot of my engineer friends have extensive collections of preamps and have always told me that a great preamp is as important, if not more, than a great microphone. I finally get it now. So from the pre's alone I felt that it was worth the price and I was happy, but there has been so much more good about this piece of gear.One of the big challenges that we faced with the built in preamps and 'limiter' in our recorder was getting good levels without peaking/clipping. I use the term limiter loosely because although it did effect the sound it was never fast enough to actually catch peaks from clipping. That meant that with really dynamic interview subjects we had to keep the levels lower than I wanted to be safe, then add a bunch of gain in the editing system, which really brought out the noise from the bad preamps and added more. Using the tape out from the Mix Pre D into the line in we can get a good level -12 to -6 from any source, while having the limiter set so that even a clap or yell right into the microphone doesn't clip our recorder. It's an awesome feeling knowing that clipping is not a possibility. Imagine knowing that no matter what happens, even if the subject grabs the mic and yells into it, that you won't clip the audio signal. IT'S CRAZY. Furthermore when the limiter is activated, it sounds really good, meaning that it doesn't really have a sound. This is seriously the most transparent limiter I've ever heard. I've done tests with somebody gained properly for whispering and had them slowly go up to yelling over the course of a 30 second script and it really sounds like an expert is just reducing the gain by hand. Then come all the other good things. The analog to digital converters are really good, and I've started using the unit pretty much as an interface for my iMac. The metering is really useful and easy to see. The shortcuts for setting the limiter, or other functions, are easy to learn and easy to do. All the buttons are placed very logically. It has holes for hanging straps. And it has inputs and outputs for almost any setup. Some people don't like the AA battery situation, but I love it. I use 2 pairs of rechargeable AAs, and when one runs out I switch them and throw the used ones on a socket as I keep going. It is true that they don't last that long, but I prefer having a universal battery versus something very specific and expensive. Plus there is a great optional power input that you can connect almost pro level (Anton Bower, etc) rechargeable battery into. With the screw accessory it screws into the handheld recorder, making it one unit, or into the bottom of our cameras (as we sometimes record straight into the camera input with equally good results). Lastly, this thing is built like a beast and has never given me any problems. It's a piece of gear that gives delicate and beautiful audio, while being tough as nails and always reliable. I know I can count on it, and it's one less thing to worry about while shooting. I LOVE IT.

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      5.0

      Great little mixer

      By tigerose

      from Bradenton, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

        The noise floor is very low with these preamps. Construction is very solid. There are a bunch of menus that require learning some button pressing shortcuts due to the lack of real estate to accomodate more knobs/controls. Wish it had a way to monitor levels on the return inputs- but I guess can't have it all in this price range. AES-EBU output capability is a bonus too. I use this for live recording and output to a Zoom H4N recorder.

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        5.0

        Get the best

        By JT

        from Ashland, OR

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

            Fully featured, bullet proof industrial strength mini unit. it just works. Replaced a Juiced-Link preamp that was adequate as a preamp but deceptively tricky to reconfigure in a hurry. Flexibility of configuring both in and out sides of this unit is awesome. Worth the premium price.

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            4.0

            final product

            By Martin

            from Spain

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                If you want a small and light sound field do not hesitate, this is yours. There are cheaper but this will give you a truly professional sound. I was unable to find the MixPre-D to which they put my microphone louder background, I could never see before. I have not given five stars because autonomy with AA batteries is very low, in an hour, if you are using phanton goodbye to the two AA.

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                5.0

                Great field mixer!

                By DannyHK

                from West Palm Beach

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Music Videos
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                  I needed a good field mixer for my Canon XA10 HD camcorder. This is perfect! Now I can connect a boom mic and lav mic simultaneously and have greater control over gain and levels using the mixer vs the dials on the side of the camera.

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                  5.0

                  Really Great

                  By Kj

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                    Great low noise pre-amps. I use for running sound directly to the camera and additionally to the audio recorder. After the shoot I use those low noise pre's to record voice over. It would be nice if i didn't have to switch a button and could hear output and input simultaneously. Perfect for me.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect DSLR accessory

                    By George Wiley

                    from Indianapolis, IN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                      We've finally upgraded from the Zoom. This is the perfect solution. Preamps are clean and quite. Perfect for professional audio.

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      good, but not enough..

                      By Don Han

                      from seoul, south korea

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions
                      • Poor Quality Sound
                      • Too Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Eng Stuff

                      Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                      I expect this so much, but I have a little disappointed. I found out this mic preamp's performance is almost same to DR-680(unmodded). I did several comparison with dr-680 and dr-40. But limiter performance I like. It does not give LINE OUT level control, and not give stereo output level control. SD only sale expensive cables and connectors. This product is too expensive compared with it's performance. But I admit this is an interesting toy, and I will use this in my film production. I believe if you use high quality and high output mic (eg. mkh-60, mkh-50) with dr-100 mkII will win this product plus mid-range mic.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Field Mixer!

                        By Independent Cinemafile

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                          Use this as a preamp/mixer for an AT shotgun, this preamp far exceeds the one I was previously using built into the Tascam DR-40, I now use this MixPre in line before the Tascam and send line level audio out to it.

                          The case is well built, durable, I love that phantom voltage is selectable and changeable.

                          Great product!

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sound Devices fails to disappoint

                            By Cruce the aspiring location sound mixer

                            from Rural Michigan

                            About Me Novice

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Location Sound
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                              As a young person preparing to get into the sound game as well as working on my own video productions I needed a cheap but quality mixer, Sound Devices has delivered. This thing is simple, rugged, and works like a charm every time. Preamps are silent! I was on a 6 shoot on a WWI trench movie in rural Michigan, it was incredibly cold and the shoot days were 12 hours minimum. The MixPre never failed once, even in extreme temperatures.The faders are little looser than I think they should be, so be gentle. The headphone input is in a strange spot and the batteries are real pain to change well in an audio bag, so consider an external power solution. The build quality is outstanding and the LEDs are super bright. Although the features are limited, everything on this device was incredibly well done. Sound Devices obviously put a lot of thought into each feature.

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                              5.0

                              Rock Solid!

                              By cd2go

                              from East Coast, USA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Concert Taping
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                I use this preamp to record live music. I was a fan of the old MixPre and got this one for the digital output, better meters, and ability to link the inputs so you only have to adjust one pot. The ability to run this with only 2 AA batteries is a huge plus for mobility and a compact rig. I hear this will work with a Marantz PMD661 with an AES > spdif adapter cable which I am eager to try.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent product

                                By Luke murnau

                                from Mendoza, ARGENTINA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                  Excellent quality, great performance, battery may drain too fast some times. Many functions makes it a professional tool.

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                                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  One With The Lot (To Go)

                                  By Ron M

                                  from Sydney, Australia

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Intuitive Operation
                                  • Really Rugged
                                  • Replaces Bagful Of Bits
                                  • Tiny But Ergonomic
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Old 48v Mics Drain Batts

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Calibrating
                                  • Mic To Line Incl A To D
                                  • Mixing
                                  • Monitoring
                                  • Professional Recording
                                  • Signal Distribution
                                  • Testing

                                  Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                  My audio appetite's undiminished after more than four decades of live or "as live" mixing and recording worldwide, so (like most who work in sound) I do enjoy being well-fed.

                                  Now, when it comes to the "main course", THIS little bash-resistant box costs about the same as a high quality stereo mic pre-amp or analog to AES converter.

                                  The MixPre-D includes both of those ...and outperforms many highly fancied "audiophile" units, most of which will only work from mains power.

                                  Sound Devices then serve up a whole feast of "side dishes", at no extra charge...

                                  1) A pair of truly universal inputs that are instantly configurable (for dual mono, or gain and "width" mid/side, or gain and pan stereo) and controlled via silky rotary faders. They're also individually routable to left, right or centre with the option of individual 80Hz or 160Hz "rumble" filters insertable before any amplification takes place,

                                  2) A level-adjustable stereo "return" input that can not only be used for "confidence" monitoring, but can also be re-tasked as a stereo source mixed under or over those being controlled on its front panel,

                                  3) The ability to accept external DC powering, with a voltage range wide enough to run directly from a standard automotive "cigarette lighter" fused plug as well as from an external mains adapter,

                                  4) Metering that's brilliant in every sense of that word,

                                  5) Switchgear that, although compact, seems genuinely "industrial strength" and

                                  6) Really well researched graphical display and ergonomics, from the standard tripod thread socket on its underside, to the placement of every slot, switch, control and button.

                                  In summary, the MixPre-D delivers heavyweight performance while being a truly "low fat" delight for the audio gourmet.

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                                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  awesome!

                                  By mufumbo

                                  from Mountain View, CA

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Music Videos
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                    don't waste your time with other brands or equipment. if you arrived to this page, this is what you want.

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                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    don't waste your time with others

                                    By mufumbo

                                    from Mountain View, CA

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                      don't waste your time with other products. remember to buy a 20db attenuator if you plug in a h4n.

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Love it!

                                      By conrad

                                      from St. George, UT

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                        I love the mixpre. I've worked with the SD 302 mixer and 744T recorder as well, but needed something smaller and lighter for a few projects. It's easy to use after you familiarize yourself with the weird button combo shortcuts. Luckily they are printed on the bottom of the mixer. Clean recordings, versatile and lightweight.

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                                        4.0

                                        Fantastic DSLR audio complement

                                        By Swami Digital

                                        from Mountain View, CA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events
                                          • Performances
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                          I bought this mixer to improve the on camera audio with my Canon 60D. Though the Canon 60D added manual audio to their DSLR video lineup, there is no visual metering, which means you have to set the level according to some reference and hope you don't get any louder than you anticipate. Additionally, going directly into the camera with a mic relies on some shoddy in camera signal boosting.

                                          The mixpre-d, with the xl-cam mount (sold separately), mounts directly under my 60D, provides very easy to see metering, a limiter for those unanticipated change in levels, and goes directly into the camera in of the 60D (with the xl-3 accessory) eliminating the need to sync audio later. The high quality preamps allow your mics to shine, and if you prefer to record to a laptop or iPad (with camera kit for usb connection) it can do that too. My only complaint is that as an audio interface for a laptop it's functionality is not great. (The Sound Devices USBPre2 is much better.) I would love for it to have optional on board SD card or CF card recording, but it would be treading on the territory of Sound Devices products twice as expensive then.

                                          All in all a great buy for DSLR users!

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                                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Well-thought out mixer

                                            By Matt

                                            from San Diego, CA

                                            About Me Novice

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • DSLR Front End
                                              • Events
                                              • Professional Recording

                                              Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                              I chose the MixPre-D after a lot of research and consideration. I was initially intrigued by the approach of recording to an external device because of the possibility of multi-channel recording. It's very easy to quickly get to 3 or more inputs (two people with mics plus ambient), but I finally determined that external audio recorders add significant complexity both in actual use and in post for only modest gains and a lot of pain for one-person operation (more devices with external recorders; you have to manually match up the sound files with the video in post or embed an SMPTE signal in one of the sound tracks for cameras and recorders that can't slave to external sources; SMPTE equipment is great but expensive). External recorders also tend to be subpar as mixers, and less expensive units (like the Zoom H4N and Tascam DR-40) have push-button controls instead of per-channel rotary knobs, plus a number of user complaints about their quality and usability.

                                              Given all those constraints, I finally realized that 2 channels was enough for DSLR shots, and that having the camera record the sound along with the video was the most realistic solution when one person is operating the equipment.

                                              Enter the MixPre-D. The gain controls are dead simple and are much easier to use than products that require that you fumble with push buttons. The form factor is perfect for a DSLR and the mixer has an output designed specifically for DSLRs (separate cable required). The slate feature allows you to fix your camera's audio input levels to the optimal level (you did turn off AGC, right?), and the built-in input limiters are great for unexpected spikes on the input side. I especially like the ability to map each of the 2 mic inputs separately to each of the output channels (left, right, or both), and the variety of outputs (two different types of digital plus various analog output options)--all in a small form factor. The ability to connect the MixPre-D to a computer via USB makes the mixer even more flexible, and the MixPre-D actually has 2 additional input channels, although they are line-level only, for a total of 4 possible input channels (no dedicated input knobs for channels 3/4, but they are adjustable).

                                              Sound Devices has a reputation for building quality gear, and details that are both thoughtful and practical abound: the battery compartment is sealed against battery leaks; the internal-off-external power selector switch continues supplying power for several seconds as you switch through the "off" position so that you don't have any interruption in your sound; and the power light starts flashing well in advance as the internal batteries start to reach their end, giving you plenty of advance notice. Best of all, it's powered by just two AA batteries (or an external power source via a cable that is sold separately).

                                              The only thing lacking to make this absolutely perfect has nothing to do with Sound Devices: DSLR manufacturers need to get their act together and start including multi-channel digital audio inputs (S/PDIF, anyone?). The camera mount bracket also seems extraordinarily expensive and it's pretty much required if you're going to attach the MixPre-D to the bottom of your camera, but it works as expected.

                                              This is a high-quality, solid piece of equipment that I expect will last for years. It's the perfect front end to a DSLR.

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                                              4.0

                                              Cute Little Thing

                                              By Reality Audio Chic

                                              from New York, NY

                                              About Me Professional Musician

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                                  First of all it's to little and lightweight that I feel like I'm not wearing any rig at all. It's got everything I need for a simple shoot where I only need a boom or to do interviews with. I do wish it had the ability to record and I'd be all set. One negative I've noticed is when running off internal batteries it only last about 2-3 hours. And I'm using lithium AAs. Other than that no other negatives. Nice machine!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Meets my (high) expectations

                                                  By Audio Geezer

                                                  from Palo Alto, CA

                                                  About Me Experienced

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Accurate Controls
                                                  • Compact
                                                  • Excellent Sound
                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Amateur Recording
                                                    • Events
                                                    • Performances
                                                    • Professional Recording

                                                    Comments about Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer:

                                                    This is a very nice box that does everything it promises to do. The mic pres are quiet. The transformer inputs work fine with an Earthworks M30. (There has been some concern about this on Internet forums.) On 12V power it uses 80mA at idle, no phantom, 120mA w/ 1 Earthworks M30, and 105 mA with 2 Shure SM-81s. The AES-3 output does not appear to be compatible with some S/PDIF inputs at fs > 44.1 kHz, specifically Tascam DR-100mkII, in my case. Not the fault of this box, I think, but a heads-up for those anticipating such use.

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                                                    Required item: Batteries or a Power Supply (not included) are required to power this device.

                                                    Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                                    • You Pay: $1.23
                                                     
                                                    Sound Devices -  XL-WPH3 45W DC Power Supply for Sound Devices Recorders and Mixers
                                                    • You Pay: $98.40
                                                     

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                                                    Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.46 m), Black
                                                    • You Pay: $14.99
                                                     

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                                                    Add digital interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                                    Comprehensive -  EXF Series XLR Male to XLR Female AES/EBU Cable - 3'
                                                    • You Pay: $15.99
                                                     

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                                                    Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                                    Sound Devices -  CS-3 Production Case
                                                    • You Pay: $160.00
                                                     

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                                                    Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                                    Sound Devices -  XL3 Mini Male to TA3-F Connector Cable
                                                    • You Pay: $48.00
                                                     

                                                    Mounting

                                                    Mount your device with the appropriate hardware.

                                                    Sound Devices -  XL-CAM Camera Mount Bracket for MixPre-D
                                                    • You Pay: $96.00
                                                     

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                                                    Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                                    Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
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