Sound Devices Expands MixPre Series with New MixPre-10T Audio Recorder

October 9 2017, 03:00
When it comes to field recording for film and TV production, Sound Devices continues to push the envelope with continuous innovations and an expanded range of solutions. With the new MixPre-10T, the Reedsburg, Wisconsin, -based company now offers a compact, 10-input/12 tracks of polyphonic WAV file recording and mixer with an expanded feature set, including built-in Timecode generator and reader, balanced outputs, diverse powering, and auto copying. An ideal solution for production sound mixers, field recordists, sound designers, and musicians.

Following the successful launch of the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, Sound Devices designed the MixPre-10T as the top model in its MixPre Series of audio recorders, mixers, and USB audio interfaces. Like the previous two models, the new MixPre-10T offers exceptional audio quality – featuring eight ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A, Kashmir mic preamps handcrafted by Sound Devices. The MixPre-10T also offers signature analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure high quality, professional-grade audio recordings.

"Since we released the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 in April, we’ve heard how much our users love having phenomenal mic preamps in such a small, durable package," says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices. "The MixPre-10T offers higher track count, balanced outputs for additional routing flexibility, and built-in timecode generator and reader for trouble-free sync with any production. With the addition of the MixPre-10T, the MixPre Series continues to redefine the limits of traditional portable audio recorders."

One vital feature of the MixPre series is also its accurate Timecode, with built-in, ultra-high accuracy timecode generator and reader. Even when turned off or if all power is removed, the MixPre-10T continues to hold accurate timecode for hours. With its BNC, Aux, and HDMI timecode connections, all common frame rates and timecode modes are supported as well as the ability to lock to or output word clock.

Sound recordists also appreciate the versatile I/O routing options, offering flexibility with its two TA3 balanced outputs and a 3.5mm Stereo output, each with routing matrix. The MixPre-10T comes equipped with eight XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line level inputs, and a 3.5mm Aux/Mic input, which may be used for 2-channel line input, camera return, or timecode. Also important are the flexible powering options, including a locking 4-pin Hirose connector for either external battery powering or AC-powering, as well as AA or Li-Ion battery sleds.

Compact and durable, the MixPre-10T is small in stature relative to products in its class, but constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis making it robust, yet extremely lightweight. The design also features a sunlight-readable, IPS touch screen LCD, and transport control joystick, for the ultimate in convenient navigation. Mixing and metering is improved with gain control knobs, and access to panning and soloing via a simple press of the knob. Easy-to-read ring LEDs display limiter activity, and three LCD views provide easy monitoring of multitrack, mix, and USB return meters.

One of the key improvement areas for the series was its built-in Bluetooth Smart functions, enabling control of the device from the free Sound Devices Wingman app running on any iOS or Android device. Users can start/stop recording, enter/edit metadata, and arm, disarm and rename tracks. What's more, MixPre-10T users can even manage and create sound reports with the app. Another important feature is the improved headphone monitoring, using the MixPre-10T’s custom-designed, wide-bandwidth headphone amp, and user programmable routing presets.

Like the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, the MixPre-10T also makes an excellent USB audio interface featuring 12 channels into and 4 channels out from a Mac or Windows computer at up to 96k sample rate. Given its larger chassis, the Mixpre-10T features the unique ability to record to an SD, SDHC or SDXC media card while simultaneously audio streaming via USB. As an added benefit, the MixPre-10T includes the ability to automatically copy recordings to a USB thumbdrive, which may be handed off to a client or kept as a backup copy.

The MixPre-10T offers three modes of operation: Basic, Advanced, and Custom modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, the Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for stereo recording applications. Advanced and Custom modes offer more experienced audio professionals and enthusiasts access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings, such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and M/S channel linking, input/output delay, headphone presets, and more.

The MixPre-10T is available to order from any Sound Devices authorized reseller, and is anticipated to ship by end of October 2017.
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