Sound Devices MixPre-3 Audio Recorder/Mixer and USB Audio Interface
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- Up to 96kHz/24-Bit
- USB Audio Interface
- Portable Field Recorder
- Up to 512 GB with SDXC
- Includes 4x AA Sled
Audio Recorder | Mixer | USB Audio Interface
Anytime, Anywhere Audio
The groundbreaking MixPre-3 is a lightweight, high-resolution audio recorder with integrated USB audio streaming that offers world-class sound quality combined with extreme durability – perfect for sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers and field recordists. Check out some of the initial reviews!
Sublime Audio Quality
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. Listen to MixPre Series Audio Samples.
Powerful USB and Recording
The versatile MixPre-3 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.
Pocket-Size, Unintimidating Design
The small stature and design of the MixPre-3 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-3 is extremely durable. Constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis, it is both lightweight and incredibly robust. The MixPre-3 is super-compact, so much so that it can fit in your pocket – perfect for jobs on the run.
The Musician Plugin brings the essence of computer-based music production software to the super-compact MixPre-3 audio recorder. With features like Overdub, Punch In/Out, Vocal Air, Reverb, and Metronome, musicians and songwriters now have an easy to use, portable tool for creating high quality, multi-layered songs anywhere and anytime that inspiration grabs them.
A Videographer’s Dream
As an added benefit to DSLR users, the MixPre-3 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 micro camera 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-3’s micro camera input can also receive "record triggers" from popular cameras, which automatically starts and stops the MixPre’s recording via the camera’s record button.
See a list of Supported Cameras and download presets.
Advanced Mixing Capabilities
The MixPre-3 is a full-featured mixer that 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-3 also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable presets from our custom-designed powerful, wide-bandwidth headphone amp.
The MixPre-3 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, headphone presets and more.
What’s more, the MixPre includes integrated Bluetooth Smart technology for easy connection, control and metering via iOS and Android mobile devices.
Flexible Powering Options
For the ultimate in portability and convenience, the MixPre-3 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.
For information on other various powering options, see MixPre Series' Powering Options.
For information on maximizing your battery runtime with the MixPre-3, see Maximizing Battery Runtimes on MixPre3 & MixPre-6.
- 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)
- 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)
InputsMic: 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: 2 channels
- All inputs fully RF-filtered and overload protected.
GainMic 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 LevelMic XLR: +14dBu (limiters on or off)
- Line XLR: +28dBu (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.
Microphone PoweringMic XLRs: 48V via 6.8k resistors, 10mA each
- Mic 3.5mm: 3V @ 3k source Z
LimitersLimiter 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)
Stereo Out3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 500 ohm output Z, +7.8dBu max output level
Headphones Out3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 300mW + 300mW, for use with any impedance headphones
USBAudio 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 Tracks5 Tracks: Stereo mix + 3 ISOs
Sampling Frequency44.1 kHz
- 48 kHz
- 96 kHz
Bit Depth16, 24
Recording StorageType: 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
- LTC Input (file stamped w/incoming LTC on Aux 3.5mm)
- Timecode Frame Rates
- Remote Control
- Camera: Auto-record start/stop trigger from cameras that output record flags
- Timecode: Auto-record start/stop trigger via Aux In timecode
Touch Screen320x256; 1.6-inch, color, sunlight-viewable IPS LCD
- 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-PSU (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
- Storage: -40°C to 85°C
- Dimensions and Weight
- Weight: .48 kg; 16.8 oz. (unpackaged, without batteries)
All specifications at 48kHz sample rate unless otherwise noted.
Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
- MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included)
- Y-Cable Two USB-A to One USB-C