Sound Devices MixPre, 302, and 442 mixers are designed to link directly with each other using a single cable. The Mix In connection on the 302 and 442 is directly compatible with the Mix Out/Tape Out connections on the MixPre, 302, and 442. When linked, one mixer becomes the master and the other the "auxiliary".

MixPre to 302 / 442 Linking

To link the MixPre to the 302 or 442, a connection from the Tape Out of the MixPre to the Mix In on the 302 or 442 is made. Sound Devlces XL-3 (3.5 mm to TA3-F link cable) is used specifically for this application. When connected, the two inputs of the MixPre will appear at the master output of the 302 or 442, along with the 302 and 442's inputs. The pan switches, high-pass, and limiter settings on the MixPre all apply. This is a convenient way of adding two channels to a 302 or 442.

302 to 302 Linking

To link two 302 mixers, a link cable (Sound Devices XL-1) is connected betwen one mixers Mix Out TA3 connector to the other mixers Mix In TA3 connector. The master mixer (connected via the Mix In) contains all six inputs. The auxiliary mixer (connected via the Mix Out) contains only its three inputs.

442 to 442 Linking

To link two 442 mixers, a link cable (Sound Devices XL-1) is connected betwen one mixers Mix Out TA3 connector to the other mixers Mix In TA3 connector. The master mixer (connected via the Mix In) contains all eight inputs. The auxiliary mixer (connected via the Mix Out) contains only its three inputs.

302 to 442 Linking

To link a 302 to a 442, a link cable (Sound Devices XL-1) is connected betwen one mixers Mix Out TA3 connector to the other mixers Mix In TA3 connector. With the 302 and 442, usually the 442 is connected as the master mixer, since a 442 has more output routing flexibility than the 302. The master mixer (connected via the Mix In) contains all seven inputs. The auxiliary mixer (connected via the Mix Out) contains only its inputs.