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Sound Devices MixPre-6


Lightweight, high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming
  • Sublime audio quality
  • Ultra-compact, unintimidating design
  • Powerful USB and recording
  • Advanced mixing capabilities
  • Flexible powering options

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The groundbreaking new MixPre-6 is a lightweight, high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming that offers world-class sound quality combined with extreme durability – perfect for musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers and field recordists.

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.

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.

Frequency Response10Hz to 80kHz +/- 0.5dB re 1kHz @ 192kHz sample rate
THD + Noise0.005% max (@1kHz, 22-22kHz BW, gain=20dB, -10dBu in)
ADC32 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)
Maximum Record Tracks8 Tracks: Stereo mix + 6 ISOs
Inputs• 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
• Line: ¼-inch TRS active-balanced; 4k input Z
• USB Audio: 4 channels
• All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected
Gain• Mic input: +6dB to +76dB
• Line input: -20dB to +30dB
• Fader: -inf to +20dB
• Headphone: -inf to +20dB
• Total, Mic-to-recording (max): +96dB
• Aux In (Mic): Gain = +10dB to +40dB
• Aux In (Line): Gain = -10dB to +20dB
• Total Aux Gain including Fader (Mic-to-recording): +60dB
Maximum Input Level• Mic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
• Line XLR/¼-inch: +40dBu (limiters on or off)
• Aux In (Mic): -10dBu
• Aux In (Line): +10dBu
Low Cut Filters40Hz to 160Hz (adjustable), 18 dB/oct. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital
Sampling Frequency• 44.1 kHz
• 48 kHz
• 96 kHz
• 192 kHz
Bit Depth16, 24
Recording Storage• Type: SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
• Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
• Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
File TypeWAV (Broadcast Wave File Format) with embedded timecode stamp and metadata
Timecode Modes• 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) • 24 • 25 • 29.97 • 29.97DF • 30
Remote Control• 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
Touch Screen320x240; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
Power• 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
Environmental• Operating: -20°C to 60°C, 0 to 90% relative humidity; (non-condensing)
• Storage: -40°C to 85°C
Microphone Powering• Mic XLRs: 48V via 6.8k resistors, 10mA each
• Mic 3.5mm: 3V @ 3k source Z
Headphones Out3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, for use with any impedance headphones
USB• 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 speed
• Keyboard (USB-A): Text entry and control
Stereo Out3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 500 ohm output Z, +7.8dBu max output level
DAC feeding Stereo Out, Headphone Out32 bit precision; 115dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
LimitersLimiter at all gain stages, range > 40dB. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital
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)
MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included)
Y-Cable USB-C to Two USB-A
One-year standard warranty turns into two-years upon registration