The new Sound Devices MixPre-3 is a hybrid mixer and audio interface, aimed by the company at "musicians, sound designers, podcasters and videographers".
The MixPre-3 features Sound Devices' new Kashmir microphone preamps. These high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A mic preamps were hand-crafted by Sound Devices. The Kashmir mic preamps feature a -130dBV noise floor, analog limiters, and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure the highest quality audio recordings that far surpass those of other recorders using simple off-the-shelf IC-based mic preamps.
3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, for use with any impedance headphones
Audio Interface (USB-C): 5-in/2-out; 44.1 to 96 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:
5 Tracks: Stereo mix + 3 ISOs
Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
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.
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
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: 144 mm x 110 mm x 36 mm (H x W x D); 5.68" x 4.35" x 1.40"
Weight: .48 kg; 16.8 oz. (unpackaged, without batteries)
MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included)
Very nice preamps and user friendly operation. It should also be noted that in addition to the kashmir preamps that are great sounding, this mixer/recorder has a analog limiter. Much better more effective than digital limiters. This Premix 3 is very small for what it does, I'm impressed. The one thing that it does not have is built-in time code, that would have been icing on the cake for me. The Mixpre 6 has TC capabilities built-in so if you need that option that's the way to go. Seriously consider other powering options because the one it comes with (4 x AA battery sled) just does not cut it. There are many powering options to choose from, I have on order the Sony "L" series battery adaptor. Im using this unit for documentary films along with Sennheiser Wireless Lavs and MKH 416 Shotgun. Overall I can't find anything to gripe about, for the price this is a quality piece of sound gear that works well for run & gun doc filming. Also, I am very happy with the service at Studio Economik, first purchase but not the last!