Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

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Product Highlights

  • Compact Design
  • Mic/Line XLR Inputs with Phantom
  • Limiters and High Pass Filters
  • Standard or MS Mode Linking
  • Slate Mic and Tone Oscillator
  • Mic/Line/AES Selectable Digital Outputs
  • 24-bit USB Streaming Output
  • Headphone Monitoring
  • 16-Segment GaN LED Output Meter
  • Battery or External Power
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Sound Devices MixPre-D overview

  • 1Description

The MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer from Sound Devices is a versatile audio mixer built for the digital age. Based on the popular MixPre, the "D" in the name indicates the extensive digital technology that's been incorporated into the mixer. The MixPre-D features a pair of studio-grade mic/line XLR inputs with limiters, high-pass filters, and phantom power. The inputs can be linked in standard or MS mode for stereo recordings. These options are configured via easy-to-use front panel controls.

The MixPre-D puts a heavy emphasis on output, due to the increasing number of cameras and devices being used in professional productions. It offers a pair of mic/line XLR outputs, one of which can also be switched to AES digital output. There is a TA3 consumer mic level output, ideal for DSLR-type inputs, plus a 3.5mm aux output and a 1/4" headphone jack for monitoring. A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output is also offered, providing internet connection with Mac, Windows, Linux, and select iOS devices, plus computer audio in the MixPre-D headphones.

Other features of the MixPre-D include a sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness, and a slate microphone and tone oscillator for labeling takes. The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input. The extruded aluminum chassis provides excellent strength and durability while keeping weight down for portability.

Compact and lightweight design with a high-strength extruded aluminum chassis and metal connectors for professional field use
Based on the popular MixPre mixer, with additional digital technology to meet the changing needs of the current production landscape
Studio-grade transformer-balanced mic/line XLR inputs with unclippable peak limiters, 80/160Hz high-pass filters, and 48V or 12V phantom power allow you to connect a variety of input devices
The inputs can be linked in standard or mid-side stereo matrix mode with width control and front-panel channel flip for stereo recordings
Input panning is provided for left, center, or right to the outputs
Pair of XLR mic/line outputs, one of which can also be switched to digital AES output with a sample rate of 44.1/48/96kHz
The 3.5mm return jack can be used as channel 3/4 aux level inputs with selectable pan and level control
A TA3 consumer mic level output provides ideal connection for DSLR-type inputs
A 3.5mm aux output allows you to connect additional equipment
A 1/4" stereo headphone jack provides monitoring of program audio or external return audio
A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output provides interconnection with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, plus select iOS devices. No drivers are required
Sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness provides convenient visual monitoring of audio levels
A slate microphone and tone oscillator make it easy to label takes
The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input
UPC: 859108005413
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Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer
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    Sound Devices MixPre-D specs

    Frequency Response 20Hz - 30kHz, +0.2, -0.5dB (Relative to 1kHz level with 150 ohm source, gain controls set at 50%)
    EIN -126dBu (-128dBV) maximum mic in to line out (150 ohm source, flat weighting, 22Hz - 22kHz bandwidth, gain control set at 50% or higher, phantom power off)
    Input Clipping Level Mic: -10dBu minimum
    Line: +28dBu minimum
    Output Clipping Level Mic: -18dBu minimum with 100 kohm load
    Line: +22dBu minimum with 100 kohm load
    Gain Mic to Line, max: 66dB
    Line to Line, max: 26dB
    Line to Mic, max: -14dB
    Mic to Mic, max: 26dB
    Mic (TA3) relative to Line out: -36dB
    Dynamic Range 110dB minimum, mic input to line output
    THD + Noise 0.05% maximum (from 50Hz to 22kHz @ +4dBu output level)
    CMRR 100dB minimum at 80Hz, 60dB minimum at 10kHz
    Connectors 2 x Transformer-Balanced XLR Mic/Line Inputs
    2 x XLR Mic/Line (1 AES) Outputs
    1 x 3.5mm Tape Return
    1 x 3.5mm Tape Out
    1 x TA3 Male Mic Output
    1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack 1 x USB Port
    1 x DC Power Input
    Input Impedance Mic: 2 kohms
    Line: 16 kohms
    Output Impedance XLR Mic/Line: 100 ohms
    XLR-AES3: 110 ohms
    TA3: 200 ohms
    3.5mm: 2.1 kohms
    USB USB class-compliant device, analog input to USB output, USB monitoring in headphones
    103dB typical, A-weighted; sample rate selectable 44.1, 48, or 96kHz
    Output Noise -100dBu (-102dBV) maximum (22Hz - 22kHz bandwidth, flat filter)
    High-Pass Filter 80 or 160Hz (switch selectable), 6dB per octave
    Phantom Power 12V through 680 ohm resistors or 48V through 6.8 kohm resistors (switch selectable)
    Limiter Threshold adjustable, +8dBu to +18dBu, 20:1 limiting ratio, 1mS attack time, 200mS release time
    Metering 16 segment x 2 GaN (Gallium Nitride) meters, peak + VU responding, adjustable brightness
    Power Internal: 2 x AA alkaline batteries, 4 hours life typical, no phantom power
    External: 5-18VDC via 4-pin Hirose, pin 4 = positive, pin 1 = negative, completely isolated floating supply
    Environmental Operating Temp: -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
    Storage Temp: -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)
    Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%, non-condensing
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 1.7 x 3.7 x 5.5" (43 x 94 x 140mm)
    Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7kg) (with batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 7.3 x 4.9"

    Sound Devices MixPre-D reviews

    MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 48.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly professional I use a Nikon D810 for video recording. Earlier I used a Beachtek DXA-SLR preamp for sound, but was unsatisfied with all the air noise that I was getting. I was also unhappy that I could not listen to audio on playback. That is not a problem with the MixPre-D. Plus you are able to listen to playback with a push of the button (just connect a male mini stereo plug from the MixPre-D Tape Return to the headphone jack of the camera; then press the headphone controller button on the MixPre-D). With the MixPre-D I get nothing but pure sound from my shotgun mic (I use the Schoeps CMIT 5U shotgun mic mic which is very pricey, but VERY good).
    Date published: 2015-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Audio Swiss army knife If you're a minimalist and like to travel light, this is the unit for you. Sound Devices built upon their successful predecessor the Mixpre, and added A/D converters for digital recording up to 96K, a TA3 to 1/8 stereo mic level output for DSLR enthusiasts needing top notch audio - and other enhancements to make this unit a no-brainer. As with all Sound Devices equipment, the specs will most likely exceed that of your ears. You will be thrilled with this unit's performance long after you forgot what you had to pay for it. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
    Date published: 2012-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jack of all trades! My initial expectations were totally blown away by this thing. Contrary to my expectations, it has a comfortable size and heft that let you know this is no toy. The menu system is also very well thought out and very intuitive. I love how the TAPE3/4 can be assigned to the main ST Bus (with individual pan and level) which makes it a 4ch mixer in reality. I also love the A-D functionality. The only things that caught me off guard are facts that in USB mode, the unit is NOT bus powered, and it only outputs via the HP jack. In my opinion, SD left these features out so it would not compete with the USBPre-2. Not deal breakers, but good to know. Overall a great unit that I would definitely recommend. The couple things that aren't perfect could easily be fixed with firmware updates(fingers crossed).
    Date published: 2011-09-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good, but not enough.. I expect this so much, but I have a little disappointed. I found out this mic preamp's performance is almost same to DR-680(unmodded). I did several comparison with dr-680 and dr-40. But limiter performance I like. It does not give LINE OUT level control, and not give stereo output level control. SD only sale expensive cables and connectors. This product is too expensive compared with it's performance. But I admit this is an interesting toy, and I will use this in my film production. I believe if you use high quality and high output mic (eg. mkh-60, mkh-50) with dr-100 mkII will win this product plus mid-range mic.
    Date published: 2013-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets my (high) expectations This is a very nice box that does everything it promises to do. The mic pres are quiet. The transformer inputs work fine with an Earthworks M30. (There has been some concern about this on Internet forums.) On 12V power it uses 80mA at idle, no phantom, 120mA w/ 1 Earthworks M30, and 105 mA with 2 Shure SM-81s. The AES-3 output does not appear to be compatible with some S/PDIF inputs at fs > 44.1 kHz, specifically Tascam DR-100mkII, in my case. Not the fault of this box, I think, but a heads-up for those anticipating such use.
    Date published: 2012-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Price! This is an excellent mixer, and perfect for the one man band. There's no doubt that you can get more channels for less money with other mixers, but if you're by yourself, will you be able to keep track of all those channels? For 2 channels (you actually get 4 total, if you utilize the stereo 3.5mm Tape RTN), you get a GREAT mixer, and a SOLID investment! If I had any complaints, it's that, although this mixer is capable is MANY things, you must learn what series of switches and buttons to toggle to make it work to it's fullest potential. It's nice that it can do so many things, I just wish that there were DEDICATED switches for functions, but I can understand how that would clutter the interface, and also increase the size. With that said, Sound Devices printed these toggle shortcuts on the bottom of the device, just in case you forget!
    Date published: 2011-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply incredible This is a VERY high end device at a price that reflects this.� I was lucky enough to have been able to get a 2nd hand example and am now using this everyday as the USB audio interface on my iMac Pro. Listening on quality headphones the Sound Devices DAC and headphone amps are unbelievable and have re-ignited my listening to music for pleasure as opposed to background! The mic inputs and "clipless" compressor are similarly great. If your budget allows for getting this device, you will not be disappointed. I do recommend, however, that you power it via the HIROSE connector, so get the appropriate lead. I use it with an Anton Bauer V-Lock lithium battery.
    Date published: 2018-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mixer, but not without limitations I am using it with PCM M10, since I can't afford a 702. I also have a USB OTG cable, sometimes I use that to record MixPre-D's USB output to my android smartphone using USBFieldAudioRecorder app. I record railroad sounds that can get pretty loud, often exceeding pain threshold. Since others have covered the pros of this mixer,I'll talk about only the cons in this review. 1. It can't handle hot mic input signal. Input clipping level is only -10dBu (the cheaper MP-1 has much better +4dBu spec). It does not have any pad. Reducing the gain below 7-o-clock position to record very loud source is not helpful since the mixer then clips/distorts well below 0dBFS. For loud sources, even 18dB gain(knob at 7 o clock position) can be too much. For my railroaod work, I find less sensitive/padded mics like Rode NT4/NT55 to be useful, where high output MKH8060 is completely unusable for close work due to above reasons. SD's more expensive recorders/mixers have 2 stage gain control which is missing here. 2. Although SD boasts about MixPre-D's ADC having 103dB dynamic range, in practice I could never get a noise floor lower than -80dBFS(peak). My PCM-M10 line in has -75dBFS(peak) noise floor, not much worse! This means I always have to record hot, as I can't boost in post more than 15dB without getting hiss. 3. MixPre-D has very poor battery life when using P48 and alkalines, although Eneloops saved the day. SD states in their site that MixPre-D ADC is compromised to minimize power drain. USBPre2 and 7 series have much better ADCs, since they run from beefier power sources. 4. Low cut filters starts early(at 80Hz) and are first order (6dB/octave) only. 7 series offer lower corner drequency and steeper slope.
    Date published: 2016-01-18
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