Sound Devices MixPre-3M Recorder & USB Audio Interface for Musicians

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  • Product Highlights
  • 96 kHz/24-Bit
  • 5-In/2-Out
  • Up to 512 GB
  • 4x AA Sled Included
  • L-Mount Optional Sled

Multitrack Audio Recorder | USB Audio Interface

Create. Rehearse. Perform.

The MixPre-3M puts the fun back into music recording! This 2-in-1 device gives musicians a studio-grade multitrack recorder and high-performance USB audio interface to help capture each moment of inspiration. Combining the ease of dedicated hardware recording with the essence of computer-based music production software, the MixPre-3M is setting a new standard for what’s possible from an audio recorder—igniting musical creativity anytime and anywhere.

Portable DAWLESS Studio

The MixPre-3M’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-3M 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-3M features three, 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-3M operates as a 5-in/2-out USB audio interface with quality that rivals a stand alone converter paired with boutique preamps.

The MixPre-3M features the unique ability to simultaneously record to an 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-3M truly streamlines a musician’s typical track-to-edit workflow.

Live Performance Companion

Not only is the MixPre-3M 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-3M is perfect for live gigging.

Versatile I/O Routing

The MixPre-3M offers three balanced XLR 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-3M’s unbalanced 3.5mm output and stereo headphone output can be individually configured, providing a wealth of options for monitoring.

Musician-Inspired User Experience

The MixPre-3M’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-3M 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.

Made-for-the-Road Design

Like all Sound Devices products, the MixPre-3M 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-3M 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-3M 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.

  • 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)
  • 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
  • USB Audio: 2 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: +28dBu (limiters on or off)
  • Aux In (Mic): -10dBu
  • Aux In (Line): +10dBu
  • Low Cut Filters

    40Hz to 160Hz (adjustable), 18 dB/oct. First stage analog, subsequent stages digital.
  • Microphone Powering
    Mic XLRs
    : 48V via 6.8k resistors, 10mA each
  • Mic 3.5mm: 3V @ 3k source Z
  • Limiters

    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)
  • Stereo Out

    3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 500 ohm output Z, +7.8dBu max output level
  • Headphones Out

    3.5mm TRS stereo unbalanced, 300mW + 300mW, for use with any impedance headphones
  • USB
    Audio Interface (USB-C)
    : 5-in/2-out; 44.1 to 96 kHz; 16/24-bit; Class-compliant USB 2.0 high speed
  • Mass Storage (USB-C): USB 2.0 high speed
  • Keyboard (USB-A): Text entry and control
  • Maximum Record Tracks

    12 Tracks
  • Sampling Frequency
    44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz
  • 96 kHz
  • Bit Depth

    24
  • Recording Storage
    Type
    : SD, SDXC, SDHC Card
  • Max Storage Size: 512 GB (SDXC)
  • Card format: FAT32 (32GB or less) or exFAT (>32GB)
  • File Type
    Monophonic WAV
  • AAC (render)
  • Stereo WAV (render)
  • Effects
    Reverb Types
    : Plate, Room, Hall (48 kHz max sampling rate)
  • Vocal Air (0-100%)
  • Touch Screen

    320x256; 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 (optional accessory), connects one USB-C to two USB-A ports
  • AC Adapter: MX-PSU (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
  • Dimensions and Weight
    Dimensions
    : 36 mm x 144 mm x 110 mm (H x W x D); 1.40" x 5.68" x 4.35"
  • 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.

  • MixPre-3M
  • MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included)
  • MX-PSU AC Adapter
  • Track Laying
  • Overdub
  • Punch In/Out
  • Reverb and Vocal Air
  • Metronome
  • Bounce
  • Render (Import & Export)
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