The MixPre-6 is a lightweight, high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming that offers world-class sound quality combined with extreme durability
The MixPre-6 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.
Powerful USB and Recording
The versatile MixPre-6 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.
As a musician's tool, the MixPre is indispensable. Whether it's serving as a top-shelf USB interface with premium mic pres for use with a DAW, getting a quick song idea recorded without AC power handy, recording rehearsals or just adding a few more inputs to your PA system, the MixPre will become an invaluable part of a musician's life.
Ultra-Compact, Unintimidating Design
The small stature and design of the MixPre-6 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-6 is extremely durable. Constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, it is both lightweight and incredibly robust. The MixPre-6 is super-compact - perfect for jobs on the run.
The MixPre-6 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, channel phase invert, delay, 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-6 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-6 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-6 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-6'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-6 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.
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
Line: XLR active-balanced; 4k input Z
Aux/Mic in: 3.5mm TRS, 2-channel unbalanced; 100k input Z
USB Audio: 4 channels
All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected.
Mic input: +6dB to +76dB
Line input: -20dB to +30dB
Line: ¼-inch TRS active-balanced; 4k input Z
Fader: -inf to +20dB
Headphone: -inf to +20dB
Total, Mic-to-recording (max): +96dB
Maximum Input Level:
Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
Line XLR/¼-inch: +40dBu (limiters on or off)
Aux/Mic in: +10dBu
Low Cut Filters:
80Hz to 240Hz (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
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 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
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.
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
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)
MixPre-6MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included)Y-Cable USB-C to Two USB-A
June 27, 2019
Small and good!
Maybe the only fault would be the lack of a "super simple mode"...
Toronto, ON + Vancouver, BC
August 2, 2018
Wonderful engineering and ergonomics for recording
I'm and educator and researcher. I was looking for a single device that would work for field-based recordings (in remote locations), interviews and podcasts. This is it! Lots of power options to choose from, including easy stuff like AA batteries. I've used USB, AA batteries, and direct power using a Hirose battery sled connector to a USB rechargeable battery.
Truly great design, ergonomics and functionality. Read more
Could have settled for MixPre-3, but the MixPre-6 gave me the opportunity to collect (background) ambient stereo sound at the same time I use two microphones (lavs) for interview recording in the field.