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Powerful USB and Recording
The versatile MixPre-3 makes an excellent USB audio interface, offering the unique ability to record audio to an SD card while simultaneously streaming multiple channels of audio via USB. Handy for interviews, podcasts, or simply as a backup recorder to your computer, the MixPre can be used for Skype or Facetime interviews, and to record audio for podcasts or video blogs.
Pocket-Size, Unintimidating Design
The small stature and design of the MixPre-3 will fit any production environment. It features a responsive capacitive touch screen for incredibly simple and intuitive operation, and a bright, IPS technology, sunlight-readable color LCD for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
Like all Sound Devices products, the MixPre-3 is extremely durable. Constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, it is both lightweight and incredibly robust. The MixPre-3 is super-compact, so much so that it can fit in your pocket – perfect for jobs on the run.
The MixPre-3 bridges the gap between sound engineers, musicians and YouTubers with user-friendly navigation featuring Basic and Advanced modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for stereo recording applications, such as interviews, video blogs, music or podcasts.
The Advanced mode offers more experienced audio users access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and Mid/Side channel linking, headphone presets and more.
What’s more, the MixPre includes integrated Bluetooth Smart for easy connection, control and metering via iOS devices.
Advanced Mixing Capabilities
The MixPre-3 is a full-featured mixer that offers 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.
The MixPre-3 also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable presets from our custom-designed powerful, wide-bandwidth headphone amp.
A Videographer’s Dream
As an added benefit to DSLR users, the MixPre-3 has a retractable ¼-20 mounting capacity making it a perfect pairing for a wide variety of cameras. This design allows for solid, low-profile tripod/camera mounting. Because the male and female ¼-20 threads are captive, they cannot be lost and are always available.
Capable cameras can feed Timecode to the device over the MixPre’s HDMI input, which provides perfect synchronization of sound and video. Timecode can also be fed into the MixPre’s 3.5mm input from an external TC generator. The MixPre-3’s HDMI input can also receive "record triggers" from popular cameras, which automatically starts and stops the MixPre’s recording via the camera’s record button.
Flexible Powering Options
For the ultimate in portability and convenience, the MixPre-3 has multiple powering options. It can be powered 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 Li-Ion batteries. The Li-lon batteries offer the ultimate in battery life.
Additionally, the entire recorder can also be powered from a laptop’s USB-C or USB-A connectors offering convenient connection and powering with just one cable. For applications where AC is available, Sound Devices offers an optional AC adapter as well.
|Frequency||Response10Hz to 80kHz +/- 0.5dB re 1kHz @ 192kHz sample rate|
|THD + Noise||0.005% max (@1kHz, 22-22kHz BW, gain=20dB, -10dBu in)|
|ADC||32 bit precision; 120dB dynamic range min (A-weighted, gain=10dB, fader=0dB)|
|Equivalent Input Noise||-130dBV (-128dBu) max (A-weighting, gain=76dB, 150 ohm source impedance)|
Mic: XLR active-balanced; 4k input Z
Line: XLR active-balanced; 4k input Z
Aux/Mic in: 3.5mm TRS, 2-channel unbalanced; 100k input Z
Line: ¼-inch TRS active-balanced; 4k input Z
USB Audio: 4 channels
All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected.
Mic input: +6dB to +76dB
Line input: -20dB to +30dB
Fader: -inf to +20dB
Headphone: -inf to +20dB
Total, Mic-to-recording (max): +96dB
Aux In (Mic): Gain = +10dB to +40dB
Aux In (Line): Gain = -10dB to +20dB
Total Aux Gain including Fader (Mic-to-recording): +60dB
|Maximum Input Level
Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
Line XLR/¼-inch: +40dBu (limiters on or off)
Aux In (Mic): -10dBu
Aux In (Line): +10dBu
|Low Cut Filters||40Hz to 160Hz (adjustable), 18 dB/oct. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.|
Mic XLRs: 48V via 6.8k resistors, 10mA each
Mic 3.5mm: 3V @ 3k source Z
|Limiters||Limiter at all gain stages, range > 40dB. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.|
|DAC feeding Stereo Out, Headphone Out||32 bit precision; 115dB dynamic range (A-weighted)|
|Stereo Out||3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 500 ohm output Z, +7.8dBu max output level|
|Headphones Out||3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, for use with any impedance headphones|
Audio Interface (USB-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-C): USB 2.0 high speed
Keyboard (USB-A): Text entry and control
|Maximum Record Tracks||8 Tracks:Stereo mix + 6 ISOs|
|Bit Depth16, 24|
Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
|File Type||WAV (Broadcast Wave File Format) with embedded timecode stamp and metadata|
Time of Day (file stamped w/current ToD)
LTC Input (file stamped w/incoming LTC on Aux 3.5mm)
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.
|Timecode Frame Rates:||
Auto-detects (fps): 23.98 (same as 23.976)
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
|Touch Screen||320x240; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD|
AA Batteries: 4x AA sled (included); 8x AA sled (optional accessory). NiMH recommended
From computer: Bus-powered via USB-C port; use MX-USBY cable (included), connects one USB-C to two USB-A ports
AC Adapter: MX-Charge (not included) Power supply wall adapter w/ USB-C connector; 15W; has 4 adapter plugs for US, UK, AU & Europe
L-Mount: Optional sled for 2x (hot-swappable) Sony L-type Li-ion batteries
Operating: -20°C to 60°C, 0 to 90% relative humidity; (non-condensing)
Storage: -40°C to 85°C
|Dimensions and Weight||
Dimensions: 166 mm x 118 mm x 36 mm (H x W x D); 6.53” x 4.65” x 1.40”
Weight: .56 kg; 19.9 oz. (unpackaged, without batteries)
For more information: https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-3