Sound Devices MixPre-3

Portable Audio Recorder with USB Audio Interface

  • 5 Tracks: Stereo mix + 3 single inputs
  • Kashmir microphone preamp with 76 db gain
  • Equivalent input noise: -128 dBu max (A-weighting, gain = 76 dB, 150 ohm source impedance)
  • Limiter per channel
  • 40 Hz to 160 Hz adjustable low cut filter with 18 dB / octave
  • 5-In / 2-Out audio interface (USB-C)
  • Recording to SD, SDXC or SDHC card with up to 512 GB
  • Recording with max. 24 / 96 kHz
  • Dynamic range: 120 dB (A-weighted)
  • Time code input
  • 3 Mic / Line XLR inputs
  • Stereo AUX / mic input with 3.5 mm jack
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • 3.5 mm Stereo output
  • Headphone output
  • Power supply via 4x AA batteries
  • Bus-powered via USB-C or with optional power supply unit
  • Free Wingman app for remote control of the MixPre series
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 36 x 144 x 110 mm
  • Weight: 0.48 kg (without batteries)
  • Incl. MX-4AA battery housing and USB-A to USB-C cable

Further information

Integrated Stereo Microhone No
Recording Tracks 5
Microphone Inputs 3
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 3
Storage Medium SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker No
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Great sound but some buttons and connections fiddly

George D, 18.07.2018
This has really great sound, but the trade off for a Sound Devices mixer at this price is some of the connections are a bit consumer rather than pro. Example of this would be external power through USB C and the Mini HDMI for Timecode input. The Power switch is also a bit small and hard to reach. However the plus far outweighs the negatives with incredible pre amps and a really well thought out touch screen system for menu control. Also its built to last with a very durable metal construction. A great starter mixer for smaller sound setups.
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AustrianGeek, 05.06.2018
All in all, I think I have enough (positive) feedback on the MixPre range of Sound Devices. Definitely THE professional beginner professional recorder on the market (which even comes with analog limiters - a dream compared to the digital versions in cheaper models). Or. the preamps are really VERY good and low noise.

Incidentally, the MixPre series is also particularly well suited for system cameras and DSLR video filmmakers. Because: It supports the recording control via HDMI (camera and recorder start recording at the same time) or the time code synchronization is offered (works with the Panasonic GH series, for example). Likewise, the MixPre recorders fit under the respective camera - which saves both space, but also avoids complicated structures with a second tripod or magic arm, etc.

BUT: I have to replace the MixPre-3 unfortunately against the larger MixPre-6 model. DENN: In addition to the number of channels, which is now too limited (I would need some of the up to 6 separate channels of MixPre-6), is a very big drawback and annoyance of the on-off switch. Sounds weird - but that one is really VERY fiddly and almost unavailable once you've connected a USB-C cable. Without a connected cable, it is no problem - you can reach the switch very quickly and comfortably. But as soon as you want to leave a USB cable connected, you can almost no longer turn the device on or off.

DEFINITIV is not a knock-out criterion. But if you want to use the device partly as a stationary recorder or audio interface (with USB-C cable connected for a long time), it is a very annoying disadvantage, which is simply not the case with the MixPre-6. There is the on / off switch namely a little offset forward - So BEFORE the USB port (and not exactly above).

Another important note:
(General to the MixPre series.)

I have tested three USB-C cables. And so far, only the original enclosed as a power cable for various power sources worked (two Quick-Charge AC adapter and two USB Power Banks with min. 5V 2A outputs were tested). At least the recorder runs only with the original cable in full power mode - With the other but only in "economy" (ie: only 2-channel phantom power, less LCD brightness, USB partly disabled and less channels to the PC and no HDMI control so far I still have it in my head).

So DEFINITIVE use the original cable or always pack as a replacement (!)

CONCLUSION: A few little things that could disturb or "annoy" something.
But otherwise definitely one of the gesture recorders currently on the market (!)
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Portable Audio Recorder with USB Audio Interface 5 Tracks: Stereo mix + 3 single inputs, Kashmir microphone preamp with 76 db gain, Equivalent input noise: -128 dBu max (A-weighting, gain = 76 dB,...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Recording / Playback Channels: 5x2
  • Recording Tracks: 5
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 3
  • Number of Line Imputs: 5
  • Microphone Inputs: 3
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Line Inputs: 3
  • Number of Line Outs: 2
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Batterie, Bus-powered
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Dimensions: 36 x 144 x 110 mm
  • Word Clock: No
  • Weight: 480 g
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 96 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Included In Delivery: MX-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 144 mm
  • Depth in mm: 110 mm
  • Height in mm: 36 mm
  • Included in delivery: MX-4AA Batteriepack; USB-A to USB-C Adapter
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Portable audio recorder with USB audio interface 8 Tracks: Stereo mix + 6 single inputs, Kashmir microphone preamp with 76 db gain, Equivalent input noise: -128 dBu max (A-weighting, gain=76 dB,...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 8x4
  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Recording Tracks: 6
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 4
  • Microphone Inputs: 4
  • Number of Line Imputs: 6
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of Line Outs: 4
  • Line Inputs: 4
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Other Connectors: No
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Batterie, Bus-powered
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Word Clock: No
  • Dimensions: 36 x 166 x 118 mm
  • Weight: 560 g
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • Included In Delivery: MX-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 166 mm
  • Depth in mm: 118 mm
  • Height in mm: 36 mm
  • Included in delivery: X-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Adaptor
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Portable Audio Recorder with USB Audio Interface 12 Tracks: Stereo mix + 10 single inputs, Kashmir microphone preamp with 76 db gain, Equivalent input noise: -128 dBu max (A-weighting, gain = 76...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Recording Tracks: 12
  • Microphone Inputs: 8
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Line Inputs: 8
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Max. Sample Rate: 192 kHz
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Battery
  • Dimensions: 36 x 206 x 175 mm
  • Weight: 910 g
  • Included In Delivery: MX-8AA Batterie Pack
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Portable multitrack audio recorder and USB audio interface Max. of 12 tracks, 3 of them simultaneous, Kashmir microphone preamplifier with 76 db gain, Inherent noise:-128 dBu max. (A-weighted, gain...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 5x2
  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 3
  • Recording Tracks: 12
  • Number of Line Imputs: 5
  • Microphone Inputs: 3
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Number of Line Outs: 2
  • Line Inputs: 3
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Other Connectors: No
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Batterie, Bus-powered
  • Dimensions: 36 x 144 x 110 mm
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 96 kHz
  • Weight: 480 g
  • Included In Delivery: MX-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 144 mm
  • Depth in mm: 110 mm
  • Height in mm: 36 mm
  • Included in delivery: MX-4AA Batteriepack; USB-A to USB-C Adapter
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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Portable multitrack audio recorder with USB audio interface 12 Tracks with overdub function, Kashmir microphone preamplifier with 76 db gain, Inherent noise: -128 dBu max (A-weighted, gain = 76 dB,...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Recording Tracks: 12
  • Microphone Inputs: 8
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Line Inputs: 8
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Battery
  • Dimensions: 36 x 206 x 175 mm
  • Weight: 910 g
  • Included In Delivery: MX-8AA Batterie Pack, XL-WPH3 Power Supply
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Portable multitrack audio recorder and USB audio interface Max. of 12 tracks, 6 of them simultaneous, Kashmir microphone preamplifier with 76 db gain, Inherent noise:-128 dBu max. (A-weighted, gain...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: No
  • Recording / Playback Channels: 8x4
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 4
  • Recording Tracks: 12
  • Microphone Inputs: 4
  • Number of Line Imputs: 6
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Number of Line Outs: 4
  • Line Inputs: 4
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • Recording Format: WAV
  • Power Feed: Power Supply, Batterie, Bus-powered
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Dimensions: 36 x 166 x 118 mm
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Weight: 5604 g
  • Included In Delivery: MX-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: USB C
  • Width in mm: 166 mm
  • Depth in mm: 118 mm
  • Height in mm: 36 mm
  • Included in delivery: X-4AA Batterie Pack; USB-A to USB-C Adaptor
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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