The MixPre-6M is a 2-in-1 device that gives musicians a studio-grade multitrack recorder and high-performance USB audio interface to help capture each moment of inspiration.
Designed by Musicians for Musicians.
Combining the ease of dedicated hardware recording with the essence of computer-based music production software, the MixPre-6M is setting a new standard for what's possible from an audio recorder-igniting musical creativity anytime and anywhere.
Portable DAWless Studio
The MixPre-6M's musician-focused features simplify typical computer-based music creation by removing barriers to capture ideas and songs. The MixPre allows you to simultaneously record, playback, mix, monitor, layer, and overdub up to 12 tracks - all without a DAW! And if you need more, the bounce feature helps free up tracks.
The MixPre-6M features a built-in metronome to help keep your performance in time, while premium-quality, silky-smooth reverb and vocal air effects add depth to your recordings, and can also inspire a great performance. The vocal air effect is an easily dialed-in combination of EQ and compression that results in a breathy intimacy to vocals, popular today with singer/songwriters.
When you record music you will also appreciate the convenience of features such as punch in and out, and ability to locate to cue points.
Exceptional Audio Quality
The MixPre-6M features four, high-performance, ultra-low-noise Sound Devices' Kashmir microphone preamps. These custom-engineered preamps feature discrete, Class-A front-ends with analog limiters offering the highest quality, distortion-free audio recordings that far surpass those of other recorders using simple off-the-shelf, IC-based mic preamps. Even the finest details of your recordings will be captured, revealing the feel and emotion in your performance. Combined with our super low-noise preamps, you are free to focus on your performance rather than your levels.
Turn your amps up to 11 as these preamps are virtually unclippable!
Premium USB Audio Interface
As adept in the studio as on the road, the versatile MixPre-6M operates as a 8-in/4-out USB audio interface with quality that rivals a stand alone converter paired with boutique preamps.
The MixPre-6M features the unique ability to simultaneously record to its 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. As a DAW interface, the MixPre-6M truly streamlines a musician's typical track-to-edit workflow.
Live Performance Companion
Not only is the MixPre-6M great for creating songs, it's also an aide for live performances. Whether being used as a mixer to feed a PA for smaller ensemble performances, or for playing back pre-prepared multi-channel backing tracks for your solo performances, the MixPre-6M is perfect for live gigging.
Versatile I/O Routing
The MixPre-6M offers four balanced XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line level inputs (each with 96dB of gain, 48v phantom power, low cut filters and limiters), a 3.5mm 2-channel Aux/Mic input, and four USB inputs from a MAC or PC. You can route any of these physical inputs to any channel knob, so you don't have to have to re-plug inputs when you want to record an input to a different track. Metronome can also be selected as an input, so you can record its click to a discrete track.
The MixPre-6M's unbalanced output and stereo headphone output can be individually configured, providing multiple options for monitoring.
Musician-Inspired User Experience
The MixPre-6M's musician-friendly, touch-screen interface, and dedicated mixer knobs provide easy access to the tools you need to quickly get those vocal melodies, instrumental hooks, and rhythms down. At any time, share your multitrack song with other musicians, so that they can collaborate using their MixPre-6M or the DAW of their choice.
Once you've completed laying down and overdubbing tracks, get that final mix in the bag using the front panel knobs to control mix levels, pans, solos, mutes, reverb, air, and more.
When you're happy with the mix, it's time to share with fans and friends. Export the mix to SD card or computer as a stereo WAV or AAC file, ideal for emailing or uploading to a website, social media, or music sharing service.
Like all Sound Devices products, the MixPre-6M is extremely durable. Constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, it is both lightweight and incredibly robust.
While most audio capturing devices are meant to sit in a studio, its ultra-compact size makes it the perfect musician companion - on the road or in the studio.
Anytime, Anywhere Powering
When on tour or at a gig, you need a recorder that's portable and convenient to power, which is why the MixPre-6M has multiple powering options. It can be powered from AA batteries in a convenient detachable sled of eight cells, or 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 offering convenient connection and powering with just one cable. For applications where AC is available, Sound Devices offers an AC wall adapter as well.
Metering and Monitoring
The MixPre-6M incorporates a mixer that offers easy-to-read ring LEDs and LCD metering with limiter activity for multitrack, mix, and USB return metering.
The MixPre also includes a powerful and clean custom-designed headphone amplifier enabling you to hear your recordings in their full glory, and efficiently monitor with a wide range of headphone impedances.
Track LayingOverdubPunch In/OutReverb & Vocal AirMetronomeBounceRender (Import & Export)
Frequency Response: 10Hz to 40kHz +/- 0.5dB re 1kHz @ 96kHz sample rate
THD + Noise: 0.005% max (@1kHz, 22-22kHz BW, gain=20dB, -10dBu in)
ADC: 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 ZLine: XLR active-balanced; 4k input ZAux/Mic in: 3.5mm TRS, 2-channel unbalanced; 100k input ZLine: ¼-inch TRS active-balanced; 4k input ZUSB Audio: 4 channelsAll inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected.
Mic input: +6dB to +76dBLine input: -20dB to +30dBFader: -inf to +20dBHeadphone: -inf to +20dBTotal, Mic-to-recording (max): +96dBAux In (Mic): Gain = +10dB to +40dBAux In (Line): Gain = -10dB to +20dBTotal Aux Gain including Fader (Mic-to-recording): +60dB
Maximum Input Level
Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)Line XLR/¼-inch: +28dBu (limiters on or off)Aux In (Mic): -10dBuAux In (Line): +10dBu
Low Cut Filters
40Hz to 160Hz (adjustable), 18 dB/oct. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.
Mic XLRs: 48V via 6.8k resistors, 10mA eachMic 3.5mm: 3V @ 3k source Z
Limiter at all gain stages, range > 40dB. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.DAC feeding Stereo Out, Headphone Out32 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)Mass Storage (USB-C): USB 2.0 high speedKeyboard (USB-A): Text entry and control
Maximum Record Tracks
44.1 kHz48 kHz96 kHz
Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC CardMax Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
Monophonic WAVAAC (render)Stereo WAV (render)
Reverb Types: Plate, Room, Hall (48 kHz max sampling rate)Vocal Air (0-100%)Touch Screen320x256; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
AA Batteries: 4x AA sled (included); 8x AA sled (optional accessory). NiMH recommendedFrom computer: Bus-powered via USB-C port; use MX-USBY cable (optional accessory), connects one USB-C to two USB-A portsAC Adapter: MX-PSU (included) Power supply wall adapter w/ USB-C connector; 15W; has 4 adapter plugs for US, UK, AU & EuropeL-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: 36mm x 166 mm x 118 mm (H x W x D); 1.40" x 6.53" x 4.65"Weight: .56 kg; 19.9 oz. (unpackaged, without batteries)
All specifications at 48kHz sample rate unless otherwise noted.
Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.