Convenient Anytime, Anywhere Audio
Musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, and YouTubers — listen up! You’re about to get a sonic upgrade. Test drive the Sound Devices MixPre-6, and you’ll get the idea. We’re talking world-class sound and top-shelf features. And even though this portable recorder fits in the palm of your hand, it has a lot of power under the hood. A quartet of custom-engineered Kashmir mic preamps and 32-bit converters deliver pro-grade audio. A full-featured mixer and built-in USB audio interface are also on tap. A quick glance at the MixPre-6’s comprehensive metering and sunlight-readable, color LCD touchscreen tell you everything you need to know. The MixPre-6 delivers convenient anytime, anywhere audio.
Pro-grade sound from top-shelf mic pres and 32-bit converters
You’ll be shocked at how great this unassuming little device sounds. Sound Devices outfitted the MixPre-6 with four of their great-sounding Kashmir mic preamps. These pres offer an impressive -130dBV noise floor and analog limiters to keep your signal clean. 32-bit converters ensure that everything is captured with sublime quality. XLR/TRS combo inputs accommodate a wide range of mics and instruments. The MixPre-6 is a definite upgrade from cheap recorders with off-the-shelf IC-based preamps.
Record to SD card. Stream to USB. Or do both!
You can capture anything with the MixPre-6. When you’re in the field, it functions standalone, recording audio directly to an SD card. You can also stream multiple channels of audio to your computer via USB. Best of all, you can do both simultaneously! At Sweetwater, we’ve found that the MixPre-6 is great for Skype or FaceTime interviews, and recording audio for podcasts or vlogs is a piece of cake. It also makes a fine USB interface for your DAW.
It’s only as difficult as you make it
Even though the MixPre-6 is packed to the gills with useful features, Sound Devices realizes that not every YouTuber or vlogger is a recording engineer. That’s why this portable recorder offers two modes of operation. Basic mode lets you start recording right out of the box. It takes the guesswork out of recording, and is great for recording interviews, vlogs, and podcasts. Advanced mode lets you really dig into the MixPre-6’s features. It gives you access to metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and mid-side channel linking, channel phase invert, delay, headphone presets, and more.
Tailor-made for videographers
Pairing the MixPre-6 with your camera is easy, thanks to its retractable 1/4-20 mounting capacity. It can receive time code from your camera for perfect audio/video synchronization, and you can also feed time code into the MixPre-6’s 3.5mm input from an external time-code generator. This flexible recorder can receive record triggers via HDMI from your camera to start and stop recording via the camera’s Record button. And because it can be powered via batteries, USB bus, or AC, taking it out into the field is an easy endeavor.
- Custom-engineered Kashmir microphone preamps and 32-bit converters deliver pro-grade audio
- 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs accommodate a wide range of mics and instruments
- Full-featured mixer with ergonomic gain controls, pan and soloing, and easy-to-see ring LED metering
- Record directly to an SD card or use the built-in USB audio interface to stream multiple channels of audio to your computer
- Basic and Advanced modes for intuitive operation
- Retractable 1/4-20 mounting capacity for pairing with your camera
- Accepts time code from your camera for perfect audio/video synchronization
- Trigger recording from your camera via HDMI
- Powered via batteries, USB bus, or ACWireless control via your iOS device and Wingman
10Hz to 80kHz +/- 0.5dB re 1kHz @ 192kHz sample rate
|THD + Noise||
0.005% max (@1kHz, 22-22kHz BW, gain=20dB, -10dBu in)
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
Mic input: +6dB to +76dB
|Maximum Input Level||
Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
|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
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)
3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 500 ohm output Z, +7.8dBu max output level
3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, for use with any impedance headphones
Audio Interface (USB-C): 8-in/4-out; 44.1 to 96 kHz; 16/24-bit; Class-compliant USB 2.0 high speed or ASIO (supplied)
|Maximum Record Tracks||
8 Tracks: Stereo mix + 6 ISOs
Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
WAV (Broadcast Wave File Format) with embedded timecode stamp and metadata
Time of Day (file stamped w/current ToD)
|Timecode Frame Rates:||
Auto-detects (fps): 23.98 (same as 23.976)
Bluetooth Smart: Wireless control using Wingman app
320×240; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
AA Batteries: 4x AA sled (included); 8x AA sled (optional accessory). NiMH recommended
Operating: -20°C to 60°C, 0 to 90% relative humidity; (non-condensing)
|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”