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Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer

Sound Devices
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The Sound Devices MixPre-D sets a new standard for compact, high-performance portable audio mixers. Designed specifically for audio professionals needing the most flexible connectivity, the MixPre-D is ideal for any production application where capturing great sound is important, but size and weight are a concern.

The MixPre-D features a pair of studio-grade mic/line XLR inputs with limiters, high-pass filters, and phantom power. The inputs can be linked in standard or MS mode for stereo recordings. These options are configured via easy-to-use front panel controls.

The MixPre-D puts a heavy emphasis on output, due to the increasing number of cameras and devices being used in professional productions. It offers a pair of mic/line XLR outputs, one of which can also be switched to AES digital output. There is a TA3 consumer mic level output, ideal for DSLR-type inputs, plus a 3.5mm aux output and a 1/4" headphone jack for monitoring. A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output is also offered, providing internet connection with Mac, Windows, Linux, and select iOS devices, plus computer audio in the MixPre-D headphones.

Other features of the MixPre-D include a sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness, and a slate microphone and tone oscillator for labeling takes. The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input. The extruded aluminum chassis provides excellent strength and durability while keeping weight down for portability.

Compact and lightweight design with a high-strength extruded aluminum chassis and metal connectors for professional field use

Based on the popular MixPre mixer, with additional digital technology to meet the changing needs of the current production landscape

Studio-grade transformer-balanced mic/line XLR inputs with unclippable peak limiters, 80/160Hz high-pass filters, and 48V or 12V phantom power allow you to connect a variety of input devices

The inputs can be linked in standard or mid-side stereo matrix mode with width control and front-panel channel flip for stereo recordings

Input panning is provided for left, center, or right to the outputs

Pair of XLR mic/line outputs, one of which can also be switched to digital AES output with a sample rate of 44.1/48/96kHz

The 3.5mm return jack can be used as channel 3/4 aux level inputs with selectable pan and level control

A TA3 consumer mic level output provides ideal connection for DSLR-type inputs

A 3.5mm aux output allows you to connect additional equipment

A 1/4" stereo headphone jack provides monitoring of program audio or external return audio

A 24-bit class-compliant USB streaming output provides interconnection with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, plus select iOS devices. No drivers are required

Sunlight viewable 16-segment GaN LED output meter with adjustable brightness provides convenient visual monitoring of audio levels

A slate microphone and tone oscillator make it easy to label takes

The mixer can operate on a pair of AA batteries, or via 5-18VDC power from an external input



UPC: 859108005413
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is all you need ! Professional grade,high quality preamp/mixer.
Very low noise,great sound capability,portable and built extremly well.Reliable WORKHORSE.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Size does matter If you want to monitor and adjust sound levels between the mic and camera particularly for dialogue and especially between males and females then the MixPre-D is the way to go. Light, easy to use and very robust for field use.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flexible, top quality, rugged I had a MixPre (this model's non-digital predecessor) to give my DSLR decent sound and headphone monitoring. It worked well.

I upgraded to this as it gives me more flexible inputs (line as well as microphone) and outputs (three levels of analogue out and two kinds of digital).

Its USB port gives me a great audio front-end to record on my iPad or laptop. Slate mic and tone are incredibly handy.

It's built like a small tank and all the controls feel smooth and solid.

The only thing I'd warn you of is to read the manual! Many of the settings require you to press-this-button-while-you-turn-this-knob. While there's a summary printed on the base of the unit, you really do need to read how it works.

It might seem pricey, but carefully consider everything you get: two top quality pre-amps, great metering and headphone monitoring, wide variety of outputs, inbuilt slate and tone. It starts to seem like a bargain!
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful build The MixPre-D is a high-end, featured and compact mixer. My review is according to my first use on a film set, recording dialogue with a condenser mic on Ch1 (+48v) and sometimes a Lav on Ch2. Note that there are 2 additional assignable channels via the Tape Return at Line level (Ch3-4).

One of the key features of this device is also one of the features that really saved the session: The ability to use as a recording/audio interface via USB. I use a Mac OSX10.5.8, and it is as simple as plugging it in, opening the DAW, turning on the mixer and selecting it from the DAW's device settings. It is not powered by USB. Sample rate is dictated by the software and is also displayed on the MixPre-D. (44.1K, 48K, 96K)

From my first use I'm amazed by the clear monitoring LEDs (16-segment), which have adjustable brightness. The GaN LEDs indicate both VU level and peaks. The headphone monitor level can be pushed very high and monitoring from different sources as an audio device is very easy.

There are also Limiter LEDs at the top of the meters that indicate variable brightness depending on how much limiting is applied (the Limiters must be switched on). They are applied at both ends of I/O. I had occasional limiting on dialogue and most of the time it sounded very transparent. The threshold is adjustable.

The power usage is very impressive! At first I was running down some older AA batteries. When the MixPre-D reached low power, the green power light starts flashing. This happened for about 15 minutes of use before I decided to replace the batteries during that time everything functioned normally, so I could've pushed longer. For the next 6-8 hours or so, on Lithium batteries and powering one condenser mic, the mixer didn't even hit low power. The phantom power was sometimes switched off for short moments when there was other set activity. If that isn't good enough, external power is still an option.

The pre-amps are very quiet and the sound is crystal clear. I do pick up noise when the gain is maximized but this is only when the signals are quiet as well.

I was also recording in a room right next to a busy road, so there was excessive low end signal. I applied high pass filters at 80hz, which seemed good at the time. I learned later that the filters are 6-dB slope. I had the option to increase the cut-off to 160hz, which I may consider next time. When switched on, the filters are applied before the preamps.

Overall, an incredible mixer that I think I will find use for in the long-term. Sound Devices are the top.
Date published: 2011-07-22
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