First Look at the Sound Devices MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 Field Recorders/Mixers

One of the most interesting audio-related products on NAB 2017 this year were the two Sound Devices MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 field recorders. Our colleague photographer and videographer Curtis Judd, had a chance to talk to Paul Isaacs from Sound Devices who demoed many of the interesting features of these powerful new tools.

The  MixPre-3 and  MixPre-6 are highly portable yet extremely competent audio recorders with some mixing capabilities as well. They were created with significant emphasis on usability – especially for filmmakers and on the go video makers. Both devices have a simple (touch-capable) interface for novice users as well as a multitude of advanced features in the more pro-level mode.

The MixPre-3 front panel – simple and clean

Besides the new high-end Kashmir preamps both devices can use timecode (using both HDMI & 1/8″ inputs so you can feed it to most cameras and have your sound synced easily in post) and a large array of powering options ranging from AAs, through Sony L and USB power. Talking about USB this is the first device of this type that has a built-in USB-C connection and it can also be used easily with a computer and connect to an iOS device that can control the unit remotely (There is sadly no Android support at this time).

Here are some of the specs for the MixPre-3/6 units (the MixPre-6 has 4 XLR/TRS while the MixPre-3 has only 3 XLR inputs).

  • Kashmir Microphone Preamps
  • USB Audio-Recording Interface for use with a computer
  • Basic and Advanced modes (for beginners and pro users)
  • Ring LED Metering per Channel
  • Simple to use touch screen interface
  • Retractable built-In 1/4″-20 Mount for cameras
  • Can feed Timecode via HDMI & 1/8″ inputs into a camera
  • Can be powered using either 4 or 8 AA batteries, Sony L batteries, or USB.
  • Both SB Type-A and USB Type-C
  • Price: the MixPre-3 sells for $650 and the MixPre-6 sells for $900.

You can check out more of Judd’s videos which focus mostly on audio and video here on LensVid  finally if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid. Also – check out our NAB 2017 coverage – here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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