Sound Devices MixPre-6 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-6 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

Sound Devices MixPre-6 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface

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Sound Devices MixPre-6 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-6 overview

  • 1Description

The MixPre-6 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-6 features Sound Devices' Kashmir ultra-low noise, discrete, and Class-A microphone preamp. Built with 32-bit A-to-D converters, the MixPre-6 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-6 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 is well suited for jobs on the run.

Finally, with intuitive operations and advanced mixing capabilities such as ergonomic gain-control knobs, pan and soloing, time-code 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-6 is sure to meet all your audio-application needs.

Anytime, Anywhere Audio
The MixPre-6 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-6 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-6 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-6 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-6 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-6 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-6 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.
Advanced Mixing Capabilities
With a full-featured mixer, the MixPre-6 offers ergonomic gain-control knobs for fast and accurate mixing. Other key features include pan and soloing plus easy-to-see ring LED metering per channel. 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-6 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-6'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-6 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.
Wireless Remote Control
Sound Devices Wingman, which is a free download from Apple's App Store, is a wireless interface that gives users touchscreen access to monitor meters, start and stop recordings, and edit filenames and metadata on the MixPre-6 directly from any mobile device running iOS 8.0 or later.
UPC: 854454006244
In the Box
Sound Devices MixPre-6 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface
  • MX-4AA Battery Sled
  • Y-Cable with Two USB-A to One USB-C
  • Anti-Rotation Pin
  • Allen Wrench
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sound Devices MixPre-6 specs

    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz +/- 0.5 dB re 1 kHz @ 192 kHz sample rate
    THD + N 0.005% max (@ 1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz BW, gain=20 dB, -10 dBu in)
    ADC 32-bit precision; 120 dB dynamic range min (A-weighted, gain=10 dB, fader=0 dB)
    Equivalent Input Noise -130 dBV (-128 dBu) max, (A-weighting, gain=76 dB, 150-Ohm source impedance)
    Inputs Mic: XLR active-balanced; 4-kOhm input Z
    Line: XLR active-balanced; 4-kOhm input Z
    Aux/Mic In: 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS, 2-channel unbalanced; 100-kOhm input Z
    USB Audio: 4 channels
    All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload-protected
    Gain Mic Input: +6 to +76 dB
    Line Input: -20 to +30 dB
    Line: 1/4" TRS active-balanced; 4-kOhm input Z
    Fader: -inf to +20 dB
    Headphone: -inf to +20 dB
    Total, Mic-to-Recording (Max): +96 dB
    Maximum Input Level Mic XLR: +14 dBu (limiters on or off)
    Line XLR-1/4": +40 dBu (limiters on or off)
    Aux/Mic In: +10 dBu
    Low Cut Filters 80 to 240 Hz (adjustable), 18 dB/oct. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital
    Microphone Power Mic XLRs: 48 V via 6.8-kOhm resistors, 10 mA each
    Mic 1/8" (3.5 mm): 3 V @ 3-kOhm source Z
    Limiter Limiter at all gain stages, range >40 dB. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital
    Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) Stereo Out, Headphone Out: 32-bit precision; 115 dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
    Stereo Output 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo unbalanced, 500-Ohm output Z, +7.8 dBu max output level
    USB Audio Interface (USB Type-C): 8-in/4-out; 44.1 to 192 kHz; 16-/24-bit; class-compliant USB 2.0 high-speed or ASIO (supplied)
    Mass Storage (USB Type-C): USB 2.0 high-speed
    Keyboard (USB Type-A): Text entry and control
    Maximum Record Tracks 8 Tracks: Stereo mix + 6 ISOs
    Sampling Frequency 44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz
    Bit Depth 16, 24
    Storage Type Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC card
    Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
    Card format: FAT32 (32 GB or less) or exFAT (>32 GB)
    File Type WAV (Broadcast Wave File Format) with embedded timecode stamp and metadata
    Timecode Time of Day: File stamped w/current ToD
    LTC Input: File stamped w/incoming LTC on Aux 1/8" (3.5 mm)
    HDMI TC: File stamped w/incoming TC from HDMI & sample clock slaved from HDMI sample clock. Only works on specific cameras that support HDMI TC
    Frame Rates Supported Auto-Detects (FPS): 23.98 (same as 23.976)
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    Remote Control Bluetooth Smart: Wireless control using Wingman app
    HDMI: Auto-record start/stop trigger from cameras that output record flag over HDMI
    Timecode: Auto-record start/stop trigger via Aux In timecode
    Touchscreen 320x240; 1.6", color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
    Power AA Batteries: 4x AA sled (included); 8 x AA sled (optional accessory), NiMH recommended
    From Computer: Bus-powered via USB Type-C port; use MX-USBY cable (included), connects one USB Type-C to two USB Type-A ports
    AC Adapter: MX-Charge (not included)
    Power supply wall adapter w/ USB Type-C connector; 15 W; has 4 adapter plugs for US, UK, AU, & Europe
    L-Mount: Optional sled for 2x (hot-swappable) Sony L-type Li-ion batteries
    Environmental Operating: -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C), 0 to 90% relative humidity; (non-condensing)
    Storage: -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 6.53 x 4.65 x 1.4" (166 x 118 x 36 mm)
    Weight 19.9 oz (.56 kg) without batteries
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    Package Weight 2.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 7.4 x 4.2"

    Sound Devices MixPre-6 reviews

    MixPre-6 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 17.
    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 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
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound but a few annoyances I used this mixer/recorder for the first time on a location shoot yesterday, so not an exhaustive test, but first impressions: Very good very clean sound, excellent headphone output, but a few annoying things. (1) First, don't even bother with the 4-AAA power sled. It eats those up the way I eat cheetos (by the handful!). You'll need the 8-AAA sled at the least, or better, the L-battery sled. (2) The AAA sled must be removed to swap out the batteries, and the sled does not removed as easily/smoothly as it should - so if you need to switch quickly it's a problem. If you're shooting a live event, you're going to want to have a 2nd sled pre-loaded and ready to go. (3) The card slot is underneath (!) the sled. Not critical, but annoying. (4) The only analogue output is a stereo mini-plug, so if you want to feed another professional grade device, you're going to need a breakout cable/adapter, and then you're going to be feeding� unbalanced signals. I *thought* I was going to dislike the touchscreen because it seemed so small, but actually it's pretty responsive/accurate, and the menu structure is more logical than many. So, all that said, it still gets 4 stars because the faders are precise, the build seems solid, and the sound is that good. If you can live with the annoyances, it's a good field mixer/recorder at a good price.
    Date published: 2018-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream machine for a wedding Cinematographer I am a wedding cinematographer and this is a dream come true as far as audio quality. What an amazing device it is from Sound Devices, really well made. I was going to order Zoom F8 but this thing came out and I pre-ordered it. Its a videographer dream. I have been using it for few month now and loving it. I ordered it with extra battery sledge that you can attach Sony NP-F type of battery. It works like a charm when you attach NP-F battery with it. It works for hours & hours without me worrying that batteries will die. If you didn't buy optional battery sledge and if you are using battery sledge it came with and if you are using regular batteries then its more likely will not work, you will get error message. You will need to get NiMh AA batteries for it to work properly - I have Panasonic Eneloop Pro batteries (B&H # PA3HCCA8BA), but if you are a wedding videographer and if you are hooking this MixPre to DJ board then you may want to consider getting NP-F mount option...It is really amazing The sound quality just blow my mind...It is so nice, no hissing crackling or buzzing sound, just clean and crisp sound when I attach to DJ board. You also have to invest some money to get good cables...I got most of the Mogami cable for almost every kind of situation but they are expensive...you can also get other brand such as Kopul and they work great too. I also have Sony Dual Channel wireless kit with Sanken lavaliere Microphone and that is also dream machine...Hook up Lavaliere to groom and efficient and receiver screws up on top of SoundDevices and plug in two channel to sound Devices and OMG you have a sound like a big production team...Though I am a one man band I can go on and on and brag about MixPre-6, it is that good for me. Thank you Sound Devices
    Date published: 2017-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Field Recorder for the Money! I use this to record our 60s and 70s rock and roll band - rehearsals and performances. The mic preamps and AD-DA converters are exquisite.
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from ? Shutdown Warning. Battery Too Low Expect Automatic Shutdown Soon. My batteries are new. After about 5 minutes or so, I get the above warning and am unable to navigate to any other menu making this unit useless. I used the PreMix 6 once in my car to learn how this mixer works with various mics attached. They were, shotgun, Sennheiser wireless lavs and Sennheiser wireless handheld mic. That's it. Every time I turned the mixer on, and this has been a couple of times, I can't use this device. Im using the Durecell red and cooper colored batteries. Needless to state, I'm upset.
    Date published: 2017-07-09
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