Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • Kashmir Microphone Preamps
  • USB Audio-Recording Interface
  • Small Stature Fits Most Environments
  • Navigation with Basic and Advanced Modes
  • Ring LED Metering per Channel
  • Built-In 1/4"-20 Mount for Videographers
  • Feed Timecode via HDMI & 1/8" Inputs
  • Uses AA or Sony L-Mount Li-Ion Batteries
  • MX-4AA Battery Sled (No Batteries)
  • 2 x USB Type-A to 1 x USB Type-C Y-Cable
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Sound Devices MixPre-3 Overview

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The MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface from Sound Devices is a high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming combined with durability that offers high-quality sound for professionals. It can be used by musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers, and field recordists in various audio applications.

The MixPre-3 features Sound Devices' Kashmir ultra-low-noise, discrete, and Class-A microphone preamp. Built with 32-bit A-to-D converters, the MixPre-3 ensures audio recordings surpass those of off-the-shelf, IC-based mic preamps. The unit can function as a USB audio interface and record audio to an SD card while simultaneously streaming multiple channels of audio via USB.

Furthermore, the sunlight-readable color LCD of the MixPre-3 provides convenient navigation. It is constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, is lightweight, and has a robust build. Plus, it is compact and will fit in your pocket, which makes it well suited for jobs on the run.

Finally, with intuitive operations and advanced mixing capabilities such as ergonomic gain-control knobs, pan and soloing, timecode input jacks, 1/4"-20 mounting capacity, 1/8" headphone monitoring, and the AA battery/Sony L-Mount lithium-ion battery powering options, the MixPre-3 is sure to meet all your audio-application needs.

Anytime, Anywhere Audio
The MixPre-3 is a lightweight, high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming and offers professional sound quality combined with durability that is suitable for musicians, sound designers, podcasters, and videographers.
Solid Audio Quality
Featuring handcrafted, high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A Kashmir microphone preamps, the MixPre-3 has a -130 dBV noise floor, analog limiters, and 32-bit A-to-D converters. These features ensure quality audio recordings.
USB and Recording
The MixPre-3 makes for a versatile USB audio interface, offering the unique ability to record audio to an SD card while simultaneously streaming multiple channels of audio via USB. It is handy for interviews, podcasts, or simply as a backup recorder to your computer, and the MixPre-3 can be used for Skype or Facetime interviews and to record audio for podcasts or video blogs.
Pocket-Sized, Unintimidating Design
The small stature and design of the MixPre-3 will fit most production environments. It features a touchscreen for simple and intuitive operation and a sunlight-readable color LCD for convenient navigation. Constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, it is both lightweight and robust. The MixPre-3 is compact, so much so that it can fit in your pocket, and it's ideal for jobs on the run.
Intuitive Operation
The MixPre-3 bridges the gap between sound engineers, musicians, and YouTubers with user-friendly navigation featuring Basic and Advanced modes. It is designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box. The MixPre-3's pre-roll feature captures five seconds of audio before the record button is pressed, ensuring the capture of crucial audio even when the operator can't start recording fast enough.
Advanced Mixing Capabilities
With a full-featured mixer, the MixPre-3 offers ergonomic gain-control knobs for fast and accurate mixing. Other key features include pan, polarity inversion, and soloing plus easy-to-see ring LED metering per channel. It also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable presets from its wide-bandwidth headphone amp.
A Videographer's Dream
As an added benefit to DSLR users, the MixPre-3 has a retractable 1/4"-20 mounting thread, making it a good match for a wide variety of cameras. This design allows for solid, low-profile tripod/camera mounting; because the male and female 1/4"-20 threads are captive, they cannot be lost and are always available. Capable cameras can feed timecode to the device over its HDMI input, which provides synchronization of sound and video. Timecode can also be fed into the unit's 3.5mm input from an external TC generator. The MixPre-3's HDMI input can also receive "record triggers" from popular cameras, which automatically start and stop recording via the camera's record button.
Flexible Powering Options
The MixPre-3 has multiple powering options. It can receive power from AA batteries in a convenient detachable sled of either four or eight cells. Also available is a sled that offers powering from up to two hot-swappable, Sony L-Mount lithium-ion batteries. Additionally, the entire recorder can be powered from a laptop's USB Type-C or USB Type-A connectors, offering convenient connection and powering with just one cable. For applications where AC power is available, Sound Devices offers an optional AC adapter as well.
Bluetooth Remote Control
Sound Devices Wingman, which is a free downloadable app for iOS/Android devices, communicates with your MixPre-3 (running the Musician plug-in) via Bluetooth Smart to give users touchscreen access to high-resolution meters, record/stop/play operations, track naming/arming, and more.
USB Control Surface Support
Control fader, trim (gain), pan, low-cut filtering, reverb, record, stop, and more from the Korg nanoKONTROL Studio, Korg nanoKONTROL2, Akai MIDImix, or Novation Launch Control XL USB control surfaces (all available separately).
UPC: 854454006237
In the Box
Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface
  • MX-4AA Battery Sled
  • Y-Cable (2 x USB Type-A to 1 x USB Type-C)
  • Anti-Rotation Pin
  • Allen Wrench
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sound Devices MixPre-3 Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks 5 (3 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Built-In Speaker No
    Display Color LCD
    Memory Card Support SD, SDHC, SDXC (Up to 512 GB) ywsfccfzvdxsfxxscuzeerabvceasdwcce

    Card format: FAT32 (32 GB or less) or exFAT (>32 GB)

    Audio File Formats BWF, WAV
    Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz 
    Bit Depth 16/24-Bit
    32-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
    Signal Processing Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
    Timecode No
    Frame Rates Supported 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30
    Analog I/O 3 x XLR 3-Pin Active-Balanced Line/Mic Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Output
    Digital I/O 1 x HDMI Type-D Timecode Input
    Phantom Power +48 V
    Phantom Power Current 10 mA per Channel
    Plug-In Power Yes, 3 V

    At 3 kOhms Source Impedance

    Host Connection 1 x USB Type-A (Control, Text Entry)
    1 x USB Type-C (I/O, USB 2.0)
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 40 kHz 0.5 dB (At 96 kHz) 
    Gain Range Mic Inputs:
    +6 to +76 dB
    Line Inputs:
    -20 to +30 dB
    Up to +20 dB
    Headphone Outputs:
    Up to +20 dB
    Recorder Max:
    +96 dB
    Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
    +14 dBu 
    Line Inputs:
    +40 dBu 
    Mic/Aux Inputs:
    +10 dBu 
    Max Output Level +7.8 dBu 
    Dynamic Range A/D Converters:
    120 dBA 
    D/A Converters:
    115 dBA 
    Impedance Mic/Line Inputs:
    4 kOhms 
    Mic/Aux Inputs:
    100 kOhms 
    500 Ohms 
    THD+N ≤0.005% 
    EIN -128 dBu (A-Weighted) 
    Power Options Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
    Battery Type 4 x AA
    8 x AA (Requires Optional Equipment)
    2 x L Series (Requires Optional Equipment, Hot-Swappable)
    Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
    Operating Humidity 0 to 90%
    Dimensions 5.7 x 4.4 x 1.4" / 144.0 x 110.0 x 36.0 mm
    Weight 16.8 oz / 0.5 kg (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 7.5 x 4.2"

    Sound Devices MixPre-3 Reviews

    MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound mixer Extremely impressed with this, previously I own the Tascam DR-70D, I'm not a sound mixer but a production/filmmaker, so didn't need anything fancy until the Tascam died and decided to get this because of the capability to be able to enter scene/track info the the track so it gets easier to identify and sync during post. I was comparing this with the Zoom F4 and ultimately went with this. The only annoyance is the battery life with the 4 rechargeable batteries last about 2 hours and all the 'additional accessories' cost an arm and leg lol Ultimately, it is definitely a good buy, my colleagues are now thinking of getting a set too.
    Date published: 2017-10-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Sound Quality. User interface needs work. The thing we love about Sound Devices is the quality of the sound. The preamps are solid. The build quality is ok- not as robust as their earlier products. It's lighter, with rubber & plastic- more to break. Have to remove the battery pack to access the SDHC memory card. NOT a fan of powering the unit off USB C to dual USB A jacks, but at least they provide the cable. Worst is the user interface- the software is NOT plug and play- you really need a manual (from the guys who writes many manuals) because it's just too hard to figure out. Steep learning curve but worth the price for a 3x2 mixer that is compact and sounds great.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from MixPre3: Not perfect yet, but still heaven-sent. Mostly high marks. Sound quality, excellent. Light weight, robust. Add my name to following wish list: #1, RECORD button is easy to forget about, what with all the dazzling array of screen colors, light bars, etc. Everything looks so good and is so reassuring, including listening to voice/music thru headphones. Except. Right. I forget to actually depress the RECORD button. Am I the only one whose bus has left without me? Of course, who wouldn't like pro level line/mic outputs, maybe with line/mic switches. That being said, I can hardly wait to purchase next generation MixPre-3. Thanks, guys.
    Date published: 2017-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtfully Engineered and Highly Functional There's a lot to love about this compact recorder. The pre-amps are clean and rich, the controls are easy to use, and it's size is great for working in small spaces. It's clear from the design that a lot of thoughtful engineering went into it- for example, there's a place hidden in the battery compartment for storing a key to engage and tighten the threaded screw which normally hides inside the device. While it does go through batteries pretty quickly if you're using phantom power, the device does alert users when the batteries are running low, saving me from nasty surprises. It's a good choice for beginners who want good sound or seasoned pros who need something a little smaller.
    Date published: 2018-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from After a long search for quality sound...I found it Having moved up to an advanced level in videography over the years, it has been especially tough to bring up sound quality to an acceptable level. From camera audio, to the Tascam DR 40 to the Zoom H6...the audio was lacking in depth, S/N ratio and just that "fat" sound I was looking for. The Zoom H6 was good...but the preamps were just too thin and edgy, shrill even. Plugging a good mic into washed out the audio and introduced a lot of noise above level 7.? Then I got the MixPre-3 because of the reviews and the Premix website. Night and day difference. The sound quality on this beast blows away everything I have ever used. When you do a test on this thru a trusted will feel a smile creeping up on your face. This sounds good, really good. Build quality etc. is high...but the complete silence except of the voice, the "fat" sound, the solid interface...SOLD!
    Date published: 2018-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much in a Small Package I work as a location sound mixer for low-budget features, shorts and docs. Ten years ago, I purchased a good two-track digital audio recorder for MORE than what the Mixpre-6 costs - and you get so much more bang for your buck. Light, easy to carry (even with the addition of larger battery sleds), responsive, and easy to use with WONDERFUL A/D convertors. The best part, it is easy to configure for incoming timecode and it INSTANTLY locks to my Tentacle Syncs. I'm still testing and becoming familiar with this unit, but I have no qualms at all about this purchase.
    Date published: 2017-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb quality audio at an amazing price point. I have only worked with the Pre for a few days now but I am so happy with my purchase. The build quality is great and the preamps have amazing clarity. One feature I am super impressed with is the analog limiters, they work great. Pros: Great audio, great price, limiters that work, easy to use, small form factor, screen is easy to read and use. Uses the new USB standard. Cons: Need to be able to set gain control to faders. (I'm sure will be adjusted in firmware), AA's burn out fast so you will want a get larger battery pack or a external power pack as I did. (This is not a big deal, its using a lot of power so its understandable AA's drain quickly) Yes there are some things the higher level sound devices have, but at this price point I think they are going to own the market. I expect them to use this as a template for the new 688 type models with a bit more competitive price and I expect those to fly off the shelves too.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I do low budget sound. Comedy sketches etc nothing that requires time code or anything crazy. The Mixpre6 is perfect. The sound is crazy good and once you figure out your powering options you're on par with $3000 mixers. No joke. There were some software issues early on but they fixed them right away. Also this company is amazing. They will go way way out of their way to help you. If you don't own one of these you're human.
    Date published: 2017-07-19
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    Will an HDMI splitter cable work to split the timecode signal from my camera to both the MixPre-3 and an external monitor?
    Asked by: Nick M.
    I am not aware of any HDMI splitters that will perform this task reliably.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Why is the Mixpre-3 is limited to 96kHz?
    Asked by: Jeff M.
    Currently, no published information is available as to why the designers of the Mixpre-3 chose to spec the unit to 96 kHz; and not 192 like its bigger brother Mixpre-6. One important detail to know is when either recorder is being used as an audio interface (and not as stand-alone recorders), they are both limited to 96kHz.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I connected MixPre-6 to my ProTools but I didn't see the audio signal on the tracks inputs?
    Asked by: Abeer H.
    The recording functionality is dependent on the current operating mode, Basic or Advanced. In Basic mode, the MixPre-6 functions as a two-track 48 kHz recorder. In Advanced Mode, the MixPre-6 is configured as a eight-channel recorder with user-selectable 44.1, 48, 96 and 192 kHz sample rate and 16 and 24bit depth. Check to make sure you are in advanced mode.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What would be reasons someone chooses the MixPre 3 or MixPre 6? I am a videographer who currently owns an F4 however the interface is too complicated for me and I hardly ever output to camera. I have a boom and two wireless lavs.
    Asked by: Zanin
    HI Zanin,Andrea hit the nail on the head. This product is targeted to anyone who wants high quality audio, with a simple user interface. In it's most basic mode it operates as a 2-track recorder with simplified menu. In advanced mode it adds isolation track, and more menu options. We have a very low noise preamp design, and we use an analog limiter. This simply means it's very easy to get a great recording, without having to worry about levels being too low, or too hot. I hope this helps!
    Answered by: SD Tech Support Sound Devices Expert
    Date published: 2019-01-21

    Is it feasible/realistic to use this device as an ...

    Is it feasible/realistic to use this device as an dedicated, always-on audio interface for a computer?
    Asked by: henry
    i don't see why you couldn't
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-04-25


    hola, tengo 2 preguntas: la primera, puede el mixpre6 controlar de forma independiente el nivel de cada track en modo ISO recording? la segunda pregunta es cuando habr envo a Chile?
    Asked by: Eduardo R.
    El Sound Devices tiene la capacidad de control independientemente el nivel de cada canal en el modo ISO recording . Lamentablemente, debido a restricciones y regulaciones que existen por medio del fabricante, B&H no puede enviar estos productos fuera de los EEUU.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    How do you get the screw out of the top surface ...

    How do you get the screw out of the top surface that fits into a DSLR camera? Mine is buried below the surface.
    Asked by: Eamon
    Hello, in the back of the MixPre-6 behind the battery caddy you will find an allen key. Please remove it and insert the long part of the key inside the hole (the nut that normally attaches to a tripod) and push up. The 1/4 20 screw is spring loaded and can only be exposed using this method. It contracts and hides inside the hole when it is not needed. Hope this helps.
    Answered by: Sound Devices Specialist
    Date published: 2018-11-26

    Does this kit come with the the batterys for the ...

    Does this kit come with the the batterys for the recorder or do I hav to buy it separetely ?
    Asked by: Guilherme
    Hi Guilherme, This kit does not include batteries. It comes with the following: Orca OR-28 MX-4AA Battery Sled Y-Cable with Two USB-A to One USB-C Anti-Rotation Pin Allen Wrench Limited 2-Year Warranty
    Answered by: Sound Devices Specialist
    Date published: 2019-04-15
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