Sound Devices announces the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M

Sound Devices has announced the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M, two multitrack audio recorders with built-in USB audio interfaces. Although they have been designed specifically for musicians, they could certainly be used for other applications.

In a lot of ways, they are very similar to the existing MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, with the biggest difference being that they can record far more tracks of audio. Unlike the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 they don’t feature record start/stop timecode or the ability to send timecode to the device over the MixPre’s micro camera input or via the 3.5mm input from an external TC generator.

ound Devices announces the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M

The M-Series record up to 12-tracks of studio-grade audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and integrates features like overdubbing, track laying, punch in/out, bounce, reverb, vocal air, and metronome. The MixPre-3M has 3 XLR/TRS inputs and the MixPre-6M has four. Both units feature a digital patch bay, and any of the physical inputs, including USB, can be routed to any track, eliminating the need to plug and re-plug inputs just to record to a different track. The built-in metronome can also be selected as an input, so users can record its click to a discrete track.

 

Both versions feature high-performance, ultra-low-noise Sound Devices’ Kashmir™ microphone preamps. These custom-engineered preamps feature discrete, Class-A front-ends with analog limiters that Sound Devices claim offers the highest quality, distortion-free audio recordings that far surpass those of other recorders using simple off-the-shelf, IC-based mic preamps.

The MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M feature the unique ability to simultaneously record to an SD card while streaming audio via USB, ideal for recording computer-based software instruments, or backing up your takes while you’re tracking to a computer.

Powering options

ound Devices announces the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M

Both the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M have multiple powering options. They can be powered from AA batteries through a detachable sled of eight cells, or via an optional sled that offers powering from up to two hot-swappable Sony L-Mount Li-Ion batteries. Additionally, the entire recorder can also be powered from a laptop’s USB-C or USB-A connectors. For applications where AC is available, Sound Devices offers an AC wall adapter as well.

Common Uses:

  • Track-laying and overdubbing a multi-layered song without a DAW 
  • Premium-quality USB audio interface for any DAW
  • Streamlined tracking-to-editing workflow in a DAW
  • Mixing and recording small ensemble live performance
  • Playback of multichannel pre-recorded backing tracks
  • Recording live events, concerts, and band rehearsals

Price and availability

Both the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M are now available for $549 and $799 USD respectively.

 

MixPre-3M

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MixPre-6M

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  • 12-track recorder, up to 3 tracks at once
  • Three Kashmir mic preamps with analog limiters
  • High-performance USB audio interface (5-in/2-out)
  • 3 XLR inputs and a 3.5mm Aux in connector
  • Ideal user: singer/songwrite
  • MSRP: $549
  • 12-track recorder, up to 6 tracks at once
  • Four  Kashmir mic preamps with analog limiters
  • High-performance USB audio interface (8-in/4-out)
  • 4 XLR/TRS inputs and a 2-ch 3.5mm Aux/Mic in connector
  • Ideal user: songwriter/band member
  • MSRP: $799

For existing MixPre-3, MixPre-6 and MixPre-10T users, Sound Devices has also released a Musician Plugin. For $99, the Musician Plugin adds all the musician-inspired features of the M-Series, including overdub, punch in/out, track laying, bounce, reverb, vocal air, and metronome. The plugin can be purchased from Sound Devices’ new online store—store.sounddevices.com. 

The MixPre M-Series of recorders are available at Sound Devices authorized audio resellers and distributors. 

If you are a sound recordist or video shooter who often needs to record live events, concerts or bands, then the M-Series offers a lot of features and functionality in a very robust and small form factor. I like that fact that you could use it in the field to record multiple tracks of audio and then also take it home and use it as a high-quality USB interface for recording voice-overs. For video shooters, the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 are probably better options if you don’t need to record lots of tracks of audio and need timecode synchronization.

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