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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
  • For Location Recording, Filmmaking & VR
  • 32-Bit Recording / 32-Bit USB Streaming
  • Record up to 192 kHz, Stream at 96 kHz
  • 4 x High-Gain, Low-Noise Mic Preamps
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

 

UPC: 854454006534

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 32-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Built-In SpeakerNo
Display1.6" / 40.64 mm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card SupportSD, SDHC, SDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsRecording:
WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 96 / 192 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24 / 32-Bit (A/D Conversion)
Signal Processing & FXDelay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportYes
Frame Rates Supported23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Clock Accuracy±2 ppm / 0.5 Frame per 24 Hrs (Timecode)
Connectivity
Analog I/O4 x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Balanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Aux Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
Digital I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Output
1 x HDMI Type-D SMPTE Timecode Input
Phantom Power+48 V, Selectable On/Off
Phantom Power Current10 mA per Channel
Plug-In PowerYes, 3 V
Host Connection1 x USB-C (2.0)
1 x USB-A (Control, Text Entry, Thumb Drive, 2.0)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 (Remote)
Performance
Frequency ResponseWAV:
10 Hz to 80 kHz ±0.5 dB (at 192 kHz)
Gain/Trim RangeMic 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 LevelMic Inputs:
+14 dBu
Line Inputs:
+28 dBu
Mic/Aux Inputs:
-10 dBu
Line/Aux Inputs:
+10 dBu
Max Output LevelOutputs:
+7.8 dBu
Headphone Output Power300 mW per Channel
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
142 dB
D/A Converters:
115 dB
ImpedanceMic 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+NInputs:
0.005%
EIN-128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Included)
2 x L Series (Requires Optional Equipment, Hot-Swappable, Not Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC (Included)
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-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 Humidity0 to 90%
Dimensions6.5 x 1.4 x 4.6" / 166 x 36 x 118 mm
Weight19.9 oz / 0.6 kg (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.81 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.25 x 7.4 x 4.25"

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Reviews

Incredibly reliable, fantastic results

By Jeremy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-11

Best field recorder in this price range, and punches well above its weight in regards to sound quality, flexibility and build quality. Used this as my main recorder for a few features and tons of small jobs in between. Its very easy to use, the preamps are very quiet and have tons of headroom, even before you push 32bit files. Time code is rock solid and I've jammed this to an Ambient Nanolockit for 12 hours a day with no drift. OS is very easy to navigate and the Wingman App is great. 6 inputs is very flexible for small productions and the only real thing it's "missing" would be another stereo output, but again for the size and price it evens out. The battery life is a non-issue because there is no recorder with this much power that can reliably run off AAs; they're a backup. The upside is it runs off inexpensive USB battery banks so you can run this for 15 hours or so with a $50 battery. It's not a replacement for an 8 series, but it would make a great backup to that unit, and it's the clear winner compared to anything from Zoom/Tascam in the price range.

Everything positive you heard about it is true

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

Love this field recorder. It is more than I wanted to spend, but I am glad I spent the money. Great flexibility, build quality, excellent preamps. Features are superb. Recommend.

Great quality sound, intuitive design, but one major issue

By alireza
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-20

So the sound quality is the best bar none. I have the F6 and this has a nicer, richer sound to it (by 10-20% or so) and the design is very intuitive but i ended up sending mine back. Why? My main issue was the battery sled and the power options it has. Alkaline batteries last about 15-20 minutes. Nimh rechargeables last about 50-60 minutes. in addition, the battery sled feels like an afterthought. I've seen nicer pieces of plastic at Toys r us. Unlike the F6, you can't just plug in a usb c phone charger either...it has a special usb c charger. If you want to buy batteries that actually work, you're looking at another 200 bucks. And they've stopped making the mixpre 3.....forcing me to buy the 6 for an extra 220 dollars (360 more than the f6) All in all, i couldn't justify the slightly nicer sound and intuitive design for the battery flaws and the higher cost.

32 Bit float is amazing

By Lars
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

The unit is great. I have had it a month now and used it on multiple projects. Still waiting for a timecode generator to test the Jam sync with the Komodos. I added the HiRose power plate to it for D-Tap and it worked well. My first test with with 4 AA batteries and 1 phatom powered mic, it killed brand new Duracell AA's in 20 minutes! Luckily there are a dozen different ways to power it. Their support is very responsive when you have questions.

outstanding

By Melvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

Only the best for me and my clients.

Love it!

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-10

32 bit float! Easy to understand menus and options. Newer firmware (7.15) also has some great features. Simple and easy--exactly what I needed.

Incredible value for the money

By Nick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-25

This is the best value for a prosumer recorder out there. I am not sure that the 833, at five times the cost, is definitely a step up, but I am not actually certain that it delivers five times the value (the MixPre-6 is NOT a substitute for the 833, I'm just saying that if you're in the market for this, you're probably not in the market for that). The sound reproduction is incredibly good, the preamps deathly quiet, the construction solid and amazing, using excellent, high-end components (the XLR input plugs are an exception to this in that they are merely fine, not great) and the recording and mixing controls given are superb - not just superb for the price, but superb. Customer support - by email and phone - is a throwback to another era, one in which competent engineers answer the phone and expertly walk you through issues with a product they truly understand.

I hear as I see. Amazing

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-24

I use it with my Rode M5 match pair along with some vocal mics and create perfect workable files every time, without exceptions. Best piece of audio equipment for my growing video needs. I originally owned the premix 3 and was going to sell it once the premix 6 arrived, but the peace of mind of these devices swayed me to keep both.

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