Sound Devices Announces MixPre II Series Audio Recorders, Mixers and USB Interfaces

September 2 2019, 00:20
Sound Devices announced the launch of its new MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6 II, and MixPre-10 II, successors of the award-winning MixPre Series. All models of the MixPre II Series function as recorders, mixers, and USB interfaces, and are suited for a wide range of applications, with features for podcasters, musicians, indie filmmakers, journalists, field recordists, and production sound mixers alike. The first generation MixPre-10T won the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Award for Outstanding Product in Production.

The MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6 II, and MixPre-10 II have significantly improved hardware, with 32-bit float recording, patented ultra-wide dynamic range A-to-D conversion (142 dB of dynamic range,) full internal timecode generation, and recording up to 192 kHz in all models. Tracks can be set to auto-copy to a USB drive for easy file transfer, and limiter parameters can now be adjusted.

Like the original MixPre-3, MixPre-6, and MixPre-10T recorders, the MixPre II Series features discrete, custom-designed class-A Kashmir microphone preamplifiers with an exceptionally low noise floor of -130 dBV. With the clean Kashmir microphone preamplifiers and the extra headroom from 32-bit float files, audio quality is limited only by the capabilities of the microphone in-use. 

All models of the MixPre II Series now include a full featured internal timecode generator and are accurate to better than 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours). When the unit is off, the MixPre II Series will maintain accurate timecode for up to four hours, even without batteries or external power. Even with its powerful new features, the MixPre II Series boasts the same small footprint as the first generation. 

And while Sound Devices designs tools primarily for field-recorders, and professionals working on sound effects, audio for film or TV, the Reedsburg, Wisconsin company knows how the MixPre II Series could also be of great value for musicians and content creators working with new formats for virtual reality and games. For those users, Sound Devices offers plug-ins like the Musician Plugin, which enables songwriters to easily create a song using the MixPre II as a standalone recorder or USB interface, quickly mastering onboard features like overdub, bounce, reverb, and tracking to a metronome. With this plug-in, musicians can also create new projects to lay down backing tracks and use them live or at home for writing or practicing. 

The other available tools is the free Ambisonics Plugin, which allows users to record in 360° audio and monitor binaurally with an ambisonic microphone like the Sennheiser AMBEO and a Mix-
Pre-6 II or MixPre-10 II.

The MixPre II Series is now shipping and is available at resellers around the world.
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