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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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opinion about 2 ch mix pre sound devices

is anyone using the mix preamp sound devices MixPre Compact Field Mixer | Sound Devices, LLC

what are your opinions?

what kind of works do you do mainly??
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Old November 7th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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It's a nice little unit. It has great limiters on input and output. I use it any time I'm feeding a camera audio on boom op jobs. It only puts out LINE level, so if your camera only takes MIC level inputs, you'll need an attenuator cable/adapter. It's the entry level Sound Devices mixer, and it does it's job well. It's worth the money if all you need are 2 channels.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:43 PM   #3
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They are great for two-channel work. I've had mine for many years.
If you buy used keep in mind that the original version and the later version use different balanced wiring on the line-level XLR output.
So as mentioned if you need to attenuate down to a mic-level-only camera or recorder, you'll need the correct type of attenuator for the version you end up with.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:53 PM   #4
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Jay can you be more specific about the output on older vs newer MixPres? Mine is 4-5 years old.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #5
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You can spot the difference at a glance because they also changed the power-input connector at the same time they revised the balanced output wiring.
If your MixPre has a co-axial power input it's the old model. If it has a 4-pin power connector, it's the newer model. (I haven't kept up lately with any further changes, there could be an even newer model too)
The old model had an impedence-balanced output but the entire signal was carried on pin-2 only. So a traditional balanced attenuator won't have the desired amount of attenuation. (That's the one I have.) Or if you're using an odd unbalanced adapter that happened to be wired for pin-3 hot, you'll get no signal at all.
The new model used a traditional balanced output where the signal is carried on both pin 2 and pin 3 and a regular balanced attenuator with give the desired result.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:47 AM   #6
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Re: opinion about 2 ch mix pre sound devices (WHAT ABOUT MIX PRE D)

I am looking at the mix PRE D sound devices, is anybody using it? did not buy any mixer anymore, but have to make some documentary and need a good quality preamo to manage just boom and a lavalier adnt o get to a camera.
what about the usb output, does it allow me to use the mixer as audio interface, can I record directly in to logic for example? without to carry any other card?
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Re: opinion about 2 ch mix pre sound devices

Ciao David,

Here's my review of the mixPre-D.

TVTechnology: Sound Devices MixPre-D Mixer

Regards,

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Old February 5th, 2012, 04:57 AM   #8
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Re: opinion about 2 ch mix pre sound devices

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