Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Multitrack Field Recorder and Audio Bag Kit

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Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Multitrack Field Recorder and Audio Bag Kit
Key Features
  • Field Recorder & Corresponding Audio Bag
  • Kashmir Microphone Preamps
  • Small Stature Fits Most Environments
  • 32-Bit Recording / 32-Bit USB Streaming
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The MixPre-6 II Multitrack Field Recorder and Audio Bag Kit from B&H is a portable digital multitrack recorder and audio bag designed to provide flexible high-resolution recording and efficient access and transport for sound designers, videographers, and field recordists on set or in various indoor and outdoor production locations.
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Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Overview

The MixPre-6 II Multitrack Field Recorder and Audio Bag Kit from B&H is a portable digital multitrack recorder and audio bag designed to provide flexible high-resolution recording and efficient access and transport for sound designers, videographers, and field recordists on set or in various indoor and outdoor production locations.

The recorder sports several upgrades over the previous model, including 32-bit recording and 32-bit USB streaming to ensure audio that's virtually free of distortion as well as a built-in timecode generator. The relatively compact recorder also doubles as a USB interface, giving you Kashmir microphone preamplifiers, timecode compatibility, advanced and basic navigation modes, and more.

The Stingray MixPro Audio Bag easily and securely houses the MixPre-6 II and provides additional compartments for battery packs, power supplies, cables, and more. Its padded shoulder strap delivers comfort during long shoots and sessions. The bag provides full access to the recorder, multilayered walls, a removable front pouch, and space for up to four wireless receivers.

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

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

K-Tek Stingray MixPro Audio Bag for MixPre-3, MixPre-6, DR-70D & DR-701D Recorders

The K-Tek Stingray MixPro Audio Bag is designed for Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 recorders with a couple of wireless systems, NP-1 batteries, and various accessories. Also compatible with the Tascam DR-70D and DR-701D, as well as the Zoom F4 and F8, it can help turn your small recorder into a portable workstation with a multitude of options for accessing connectors, controls, and SD card, in various recording environments when working in the field.

The Stingray MixPro features multilayer exterior walls and a rigid vertical frame that allows the bag to better stand on its own, while protecting equipment and providing full access to the sides and bottom of the recorder. The combined front and bottom flap opens wide to access the internal battery packs and media compartments on the bottom of the MixPre units, and can even reattach to the back of the MixPro. It also allows for front-mounting of the recorder to the bottom of a camera.

The removable front pouch storage compartment is large enough to hold NP-1 batteries with cup adapters, while curved zippers encircle each side panel for full access to cabling into the main compartment. MOLLE straps and D-rings offer plenty of rigging points for additional accessories and allow the Stingray MixPro to be connected by harnesses and waist belts (available separately). A built-in kickstand enables the bag to sit at an angle when placed on a tabletop or when resting on the ground.

The Stingray MixPro ships with a shoulder strap and a removable, clear vinyl cover that provides an unobstructed view of the recorder's screen, while shielding it from rain or splashing.

Key Features

  • Designed for Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 recorders
  • Fits Zoom F4 and F8, as well as Tascam DR-70D and DR-701D recorders 
  • Rigid, internal vertical frame for strength and stability
  • Strong protective exterior with multilayer walls
  • Soft, orange, high-contrast interior
  • Removable front pouch storage compartment large enough to hold NP-1 batteries with cup adapters
  • Dual, curved zippers encircle each side panel for full access to inputs, outputs, and controls
  • Oversized MOLLE-style straps on the front of the bag accommodate additional accessories
  • Built-in kickstand enables convenient access to controls and comfortable viewing whether the user is sitting or standing
  • Four D-rings for use with included shoulder strap or Stingray waist belt (available separately)
  • Includes clear vinyl shield to cover the exposed top opening—can be folded back or easily removed

Front and Bottom Flaps

  • Front flap gives access to battery / media compartment
  • Bottom flap gives access to MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 top-mounting points
  • Front flap folds down and reattaches to bag's bottom front
  • Bottom flap folds completely back and up, to reattach to bag's back top

Compatibility

  • Up to four wireless devices
  • Up to two NP-1 batteries
  • One BDS
  • IFB TX
  • Camera hop TX
  • Small accessories (pens, screwdrivers, and more)
UPC: 649906207658

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

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 32-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Built-In SpeakerNone
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 ProcessingDelay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
TimecodeYes
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 Type-C (USB 2.0)
1 x USB Type-A (Control, Text Entry, Thumb Drive, USB 2.0)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 (Remote)
Performance
Frequency ResponseWAV:
10 Hz to 80 kHz ±0.5 dB (At 192 kHz)
Gain 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 OptionsBatteries, 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
AC Input Power VAC50 / 60 Hz
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Male (Top)
1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Operating Temperature-4 to 86°F / -20 to 30°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"

K-Tek Stingray MixPro Audio Bag for MixPre-3, MixPre-6, DR-70D & DR-701D Recorders Specs

CompatibilityZoom F8
Zoom F4
Sound Devices MixPre-6
Sound Devices MixPre-3
Interior Dimensions7.5 x 2 x 5" / 19.1 x 5.1 x 12.7 cm (Bag)
10.5 x 2 x 4.25" / 26.7 x 5.1 x 10.8 cm (Pouch)
Exterior Dimensions10.5 x 3.5 x 6.75" / 26.7 x 8.9 x 17.1 cm (Bag)
10.5 x 2.5 x 4.5" / 26.7 x 6.4 x 11.4 cm (Pouch)
Weight1.3 lb / 605 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.43 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.4 x 8.8 x 7.8"
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