Sound Devices has new firmware (v5.00) for all MixPre mixer-recorders, including the new MixPre II Series. All current and legacy MixPre and MixPre-M models receive useful improvements and features, including flexible USB output routing and USB hub support.
Additionally, version 5.00 introduces the new MixAssist Plugin, bringing Sound Devices’ automixer to the MixPre Original Series and MixPre II Series.
MixAssist is known for its ability to reduce ambient noise and reverberation when mixing and recording with multiple microphones. The advanced automixer incorporates multiple proprietary algorithms for reducing noise and phase artifacts, including Noise Adaptive Threshold, MaxBus, Last Mic Lock-on, Off-Attenuation, and NOMA (Number of Open Mic Attenuator). MixAssist was previously only available on Sound Devices higher-end 6-Series, 7-Series, and 8-Series mixer-recorders. The MixAssist Plugin is compatible with the MixPre Original Series and MixPre II Series, and may be purchased for $99 USD from the Sound Devices Plugin Store.
USB output routing
Another feature introduced in v5.00, flexible USB output routing, allows sound mixers to specify which channels are sent via USB to a computer. This is useful for podcasting, journalism, or whenever an interviewer needs mix-minus or otherwise wants to remove their own voice from a recording. Isolated channels may be sent pre- or post-fade, making it possible to bypass the fader settings on the MixPre if desired.
Additionally, with newly-added USB hub support, sound mixers can simultaneously use multiple USB devices, such as a USB controller, USB Keyboards, and a USB drive.
Firmware version 5.00 also expands the list of supported camera manufacturers for HDMI timecode and record triggers. Joining the already supported Panasonic and Sony cameras are select cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic.
MixPre II Series, MixPre Original Series, and MixPre-M Series users can download v5.00 by visiting: www.sounddevices.com/download/