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Sound Devices MixPre-6 II 6-Channel / 8-Track Multitrack 32-Bit Field Recorder

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Sound Devices MixPre-6 II 6-Channel / 8-Track Multitrack 32-Bit Field Recorder
Key Features
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  • For Location Recording, Filmmaking & VR
  • 32-Bit Recording / 32-Bit USB Streaming
  • Record up to 192 kHz, Stream at 96 kHz
For independent filmmakers, field recordists, and Ambisonic enthusiasts who need pristine audio capture of up to four microphones, the Sound Devices MixPre-6 II multitrack field recorder is an ideal tool. Record up to six tracks of external sources (four channels via XLR-1/4" combo jacks and two channels via a 3.5mm mini jack)—as well as a stereo mix—at sample rates and resolutions of up to 192 kHz / 32-bit, all while monitoring audio in headphones. If you choose to use the MixPre-6 II as your studio interface, you'll be able to achieve sample rates up to 96 kHz. 
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Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Kashmir Preamps
  • 3Audio Interface Functionality
  • 4USB Audio Input
  • 5A Cornucopia of Connections
  • 6Adjust on the Fly
  • 7Built-In Timecode Generator & Bluetooth Control
  • 8Ambisonics Integration
  • 9Transport and Mounting Options
  • 10Key Features at a Glance

For independent filmmakers, field recordists, and Ambisonic enthusiasts who need pristine audio capture of up to four microphones, the Sound Devices MixPre-6 II multitrack field recorder is an ideal tool. Record up to six tracks of external sources (four channels via XLR-1/4" combo jacks and two channels via a 3.5mm mini jack)—as well as a stereo mix—at sample rates and resolutions of up to 192 kHz / 32-bit, all while monitoring audio in headphones. If you choose to use the MixPre-6 II as your studio interface, you'll be able to achieve sample rates up to 96 kHz. 

The MixPre-6 II offers many upgrades over its predecessor. Chief among these features is the ability to record at 32-bit floating point to an internal SD card. The unit also functions as an audio interface capable of 32-bit floating point streaming over USB to a Mac computer. This makes it nearly impossible for you to clip (distort) audio on the way in. Whether you're recording hot or making use of the unit's astounding 142 dB dynamic range, you'll only be handicapped by the quality of your microphone.

Other improvements include the ability to auto-copy recorded tracks to USB thumb drives, making file transfers a breeze. Lovers of sync will revel in a handy new feature: a full-fledged, built-in timecode generator, accurate to better than 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames in 24 hours). Even when powered off, the MixPre-6 II maintains accurate timecode for up to four hours.

All of this is available in a six-channel package that can be powered from wall chargers, computers, AA batteries, or Sony L-series batteries. Whether you use the device in an advanced or basic capacity, the MixPre-6 II will suit any intimate, field-based production.

Kashmir Preamps
Like the original unit, the MixPre-6 II offers class-A Kashmir mic preamps. All inputs are fully RF-filtered to keep interference out.
Audio Interface Functionality
When connected to a Mac or Windows computer, the MixPre-6 II can serve as an 8-input / 4-output USB audio interface for your favorite audio recording software. The unit will record six tracks in isolation and provide a stereo mix of all six channels to boot. It will operate at sample rates up to 96 kHz.

The unit can send a complete 32-bit float audio signal over USB when connected to a Mac computer running macOS Catalina (version 10.15 or later).

USB Audio Input
Stream up to four tracks into the unit over USB, using the MixPre-6 II as a recorder from your host device. If you're a musician, you can utilize this feature to record a stereo mix from your host DAW as a backing track for further standalone recording.
A Cornucopia of Connections
For inputs, you'll find four XLR-1/4" combo jacks and a 3.5mm auxiliary input. Audio output connections are handled over 3.5mm jacks. Timecode I/O is made possible via 3.5mm connections, though you also have the option of HDMI for inputting timecode.
Adjust on the Fly
Adjust the limiters, change the bit-depth, shift panning, delay, and polarity in the stereo mix, and filter out extraneous bass rumble with low-cut filters. Whether you record to an SD card or to your computer over USB, the MixPre-6 II can be customized to your needs.
Built-In Timecode Generator & Bluetooth Control
Thanks to the device's timecode generator, you can even trigger recording from the camera. With built-in Bluetooth, you can control the unit over the Wingman app, available from Sound Devices. This app displays high-resolution meters, current timecode, transport buttons, and more.
Ambisonics Integration
Upon installation of the Ambisonics plug-in (available separately from the Sound Devices plug-in store), field recordists, game developers, and VR content creators will appreciate the support for simultaneous multiformat recording (AmbiX, FuMa, LR Stereo, and LR Binaural), real-time binaural/stereo monitoring, and A- to B-Format conversion.
Transport and Mounting Options
The MixPre-6 II is rugged, lightweight, and relatively compact, so you can throw it in a bag or mount it to a tripod or camera.
Key Features at a Glance
  • Kashmir microphone preamps with 48V phantom power
  • Internal timecode generator
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz
  • Bit depths up to 32-bit float
  • Adjustable limiters
  • SD card recording and reading
  • Backup to USB drive
  • 10 seconds of pre-roll at 48 kHz
  • USB control surface support
  • Customize with plugins
  • Add low cut, high pass, delay, polarity invert, and panning
  • Simultaneous recording, mixing, and USB audio streaming
  • Trigger record via timecode or HDMI timecode
  • Bluetooth for wireless control via Wingman app
  • Basic, Advanced, and custom modes
  • High-fidelity headphone amplifier
  • Firmware 9.0:
    • Allows for both audio and timecode output on the stereo 3.5mm connector
    • Supports two instances of the optional NoiseAssist plug-in (available separately). This useful plug-in instantly suppresses background noise, which can be handy on location.

 

UPC: 854454006534

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Specs

Portable Recorder
Form Factor
Field Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Audio-for-Video
Number of Tracks
WAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels
4
Maximum Sampling Rate
192 kHz / 32-Bit
Microphone
No
Number of Microphone Inputs
4
Built-In Speaker
No
Display
1.6" / 40.64 mm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card Support
SD, SDHC, SDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Internal Storage
No
Special Features
Pre-Record Buffer
Recording
Audio File Formats
Recording:
WAV
Sample Rates
WAV:
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 96 / 192 kHz
Bit Depth
16 / 24 / 32-Bit (A/D Conversion)
Signal Processing & FX
Delay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode Support
Yes
Frame Rates Supported
23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Clock Accuracy
±2 ppm / 0.5 Frame per 24 Hrs (Timecode)
Included Software
No
Connectivity
Analog I/O
4x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Balanced Line/Mic Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Aux Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
Digital I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Input
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Output
1x Micro-HDMI SMPTE Timecode Input
Phantom Power
+48 V, Selectable On/Off
Phantom Power Current
10 mA per Channel
Plug-In Power
Yes, 3 V
System Connection
1x USB-C (2.0)
1x USB-A (Control, Text Entry, Thumb Drive, 2.0)
Audio Interface Capability
Multi-Track
Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0 
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Wingman
Functionality: Remote Control
Performance
Frequency Response
WAV:
10 Hz to 80 kHz ±0.5 dB (at 192 kHz)
Gain/Trim Range
Mic Inputs:
+6 dB to +76 dB
Line Inputs:
-20 dB to +30 dB
Mic/Aux Inputs:
+10 dB to +40 dB
Line/Aux Inputs:
-10 dB to +20 dB
Fader:
Up to +20 dB
Headphone Outputs:
Up to +20 dB
Max Input Level
Mic Inputs:
+14 dBu
Line Inputs:
+28 dBu
Mic/Aux Inputs:
-10 dBu
Line/Aux Inputs:
+10 dBu
Max Output Level
Outputs:
+7.8 dBu
Headphone Output Power
300 mW per Channel
Dynamic Range
A/D Converters:
142 dB
D/A Converters:
115 dB
Impedance
Mic Inputs:
4 Kilohms (Active-Balanced)
Line Inputs:
4 Kilohms (Active-Balanced)
Mic/Aux Inputs:
100 Kilohms (Unbalanced)
Timecode Input:
20 Kilohms
Timecode Output:
1 Kilohms
THD+N
Inputs:
0.005%
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN)
-128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Power
Power Options
Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
4x AA (Included)
2x L Series (Requires Optional Equipment, Hot-Swappable, Not Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC (Included)
Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Included Accessories
No
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Male (Top)
1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
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
6.5 x 1.4 x 4.6" / 166 x 36 x 118 mm
Weight
19.9 oz / 0.6 kg (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.25 x 7.4 x 4.25"

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Reviews

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Do I need to add a mixer to this? If I do add a ...

Do I need to add a mixer to this? If I do add a mixer, what do I gain?
Asked by: Phillip
Apparently, if you want outputs you would have to add a real field mixer. Sound Devices has made several great ones over the years, but has given up on that end of the business. I have five sets of balanced outputs on my 664. Maybe more.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2024-05-14

Is there an option to buy a Dan Dugan auto mix?

Is there an option to buy a Dan Dugan auto mix?
Asked by: David
For this application, SoundDevices offers MixAssist for their MixPre series recorders. https://www.sounddevices.com/product/mixassist-plugin/
Answered by: David M
Date published: 2022-07-03

Can you mount this on a tripod then mount a ...

Can you mount this on a tripod then mount a camera on top? What would be the weight limit?
Asked by: Angelo
Angelo, please do your research. The answer to your question lies within the product description. For the second answer, I wouldn’t mount a cinema camera that weighs 25lbs. For that you can mount on top of the camera. If your question is regarding your tripod, it also has a weight rating. Go to sounddevices.com for more information and get familiar with the product. For further comments that are not readily available, folks like me will be happy to answer.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2022-09-15

I have the original MixPre-6. I love it except ...

I have the original MixPre-6. I love it except for the USB-C port. The cable slips out of the port easily. This becomes very frustrating in live stream scenarios. Was this fixed? Does it 'stick' like a usb-c port in the phone, or is it still a bit loose? My current one is so loose that a small jostle will give me a low power warning.
Asked by: Sarah
Update! Sound Devices sent me a new cable and it works! THANK YOU!!! We've been using for church live-streaming weekly - getting the audio feed out of the soundboard and into the computer. Because of the device and stellar support, I've decided to purchase a second one (version II) so I can leave one at the church instead of hauling it back and forth.
Answered by: Sarah
Date published: 2020-06-29

Can this trigger from a Canon EOS R if connected ...

Can this trigger from a Canon EOS R if connected via the usb mini input?
Asked by: Ben
Via USB, No. If your camera can send timecode over HDMI it will work. Set your camera timecode to be RECORD RUN and make sure it is being sent via the HDMI cable. Set your MixPre6 for timecode record trigger. I have done this with other cameras - it works very well.
Answered by: Jesse
Date published: 2020-04-06

Do you still need a Cloudlifter for the Shure ...

Do you still need a Cloudlifter for the Shure SM7B or does this device eliminate that need?
Asked by: Adam
No, a Cloudlifter is not needed for this combination. The Sound Devices MixPre-6 II 6-Channel / 8-Track Multitrack 32-Bit Field Recorder provides up to +76 dB of gain, which is more than sufficient for the Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-06-22

I hope someone can help me think ahead about what ...

I hope someone can help me think ahead about what I can do with the aux input on the MixPre-6. My idea is that if I need to use channels 5 and 6, I can run a line from my Zoom F1 (which would have two mics going in) into the MixPre-6. Sounds easy enough, but am I missing something? Thanks for any insight.
Asked by: David
Sounds like a plan!
Answered by: Mark S
Date published: 2023-05-17

The Sound Devices Mixpre series has had quite a ...

The Sound Devices Mixpre series has had quite a few quality control issues. I purchased the Mixpre 6 when it first came out and it never worked. Why should I be confident in any Sound Devices product?
Asked by: Scott
Hi Scott, I am sorry to hear your MixPre-6 II "never worked." Can you please clarify what this means? Did you contact our support team to determine what/if anything is wrong with your unit?
Answered by: Sound Devices Specialist
Date published: 2019-12-16
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