MixPre-6 II

4 Preamp, 8 Track, 32-Bit Float Audio Recorder

Overview

  • Four ultra-low-noise Kashmir microphone preamps with adjustable limiters capture high quality audio in the field, on set, or with a computer.
  • Create a mix using the built-in 6 x 2 portable mixer. 
  • Record up to 8 tracks to an SD card and backup to a USB thumb drive.
  • 8-in, 4-out USB audio interface streams to your computer via USB-C.
  • Choose bit depths from 16 to 32-bit float, and sampling rates from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz.
  • Internal LTC timecode generator. Timecode In/Out via Aux In/Stereo Out. 
  • Timecode and record triggering via HDMI.
  • USB-A for control surfaces, keyboards, and auto-copy to USB drive.
  • In-unit ISO mixing, gain, pan, low-cut, phase inversion, and phantom power.
  • Sunlight-readable color touch screen and LED metering.
  • Lightweight, durable, and small: perfect for bag use, mobile recording, or a home studio.
  • Powerful 300 mW+300 mW headphone amp allows clear and accurate reference of audio.
  • Includes a MX-4AA Battery Sled (batteries not included), MX-PSU AC Power Supply, and USB-C to USB-C cable.
  • Customize with plugins from the Plugin Store.

What’s New in the MixPre-6 II?

Anytime, Anywhere Audio

Versatile. Durable. High-Performance.

If you record field audio, sound effects, podcasts, voice-overs, music, audio for film, or are just starting your audio journey, the MixPre-6 II is for you! With four crystal-clear, ultra low-noise Kashmir preamps, you can record multiple actors, multiple podcasters, or audio for film with superior quality  – all the way up to a 32-bit float bit depth and a 192 kHz sample rate. This newest generation of Sound Devices’ award-winning MixPre Series has been redesigned for increased performance and an astounding 142 dB of dynamic range.  

Your MixPre-6 II is highly customizable to your needs. Record internally to a compatible SD card on set or stream your podcast over USB to your computer at home. Power with your computer, wall power, or record in the middle of nowhere with AA or Sony L-mount batteries. Adjust limiters, bit depth, sample rates, gain, pan, low-cut, phase inversion and phantom power to your liking. Trigger your camera with the internal timecode generator, or feed timecode in via HDMI or Aux In. The choice is yours!

Professionals love the flexibility of the MixPre Series. Don’t need all those options? Basic mode has you covered.

Your MixPre-6 II is rugged, lightweight, and small, so you can throw it in a bag or mount it to a tripod or camera – or get situated on set with our Wingman App and one of our four supported USB control surfaces. With the superior sound and build quality that you can expect from the industry leader in production audio recording, your MixPre-6 II can capture audio for any application. Our friendly and knowledgeable support team, based in the USA and Germany, is here for all your questions and comments. Our job is to make your job easier.

Customize With Plugins

Are you a songwriter or musician? Buy the Musician Plugin to easily create a song using your MixPre-6 II as a standalone recorder or USB interface. Use onboard features like overdub, bounce, reverb, and tracking to a metronome. Create Music Projects to lay down backing tracks and use them live or at home for writing or practicing. Capturing your song ideas has never been easier! While in Music Mode, the MixPre-6 II is limited to six simultaneous live inputs.

Download the free Ambisonics Plugin to record in 360° audio and monitor binaurally with an ambisonic microphone like the Sennheiser AMBEO and your MixPre-6 II.

2 Year Warranty

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Specifications

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Audio Inputs
Audio Outputs
USB
Recording
Timecode
Remote Control
Touch Screen
Power
Environmental
Dimensions and Weight

FAQ

What is different about the MixPre II compared to the previous MixPre models? 

All MixPre II Series recorders feature 32-bit float recording, timecode generators, 192 kHz recording, adjustable limiters, auto-copy to USB drives, and extended Pre-roll. The MixPre-10 II TA3 balanced outputs are now +18 dBu.

Will the above features be backwards compatible with previous models? 

The updated hardware on the MixPre II allows for the new features and functionality.

Will you continue to support the original MixPre series? 

The MixPre Series will continue to receive updates that the hardware will support. 

What benefits does 32-bit float recording offer?

Read our article on the benefits of 32-bit float recording.

What applications support 32-bit float files?

As of September 2019, the following applications do or do not support 32-bit float files:

DAW/NLE32-bit float supportLimitations
Adobe Audition 
2015.2.1
YesNone
Adobe Premiere Pro
2015.4
YesWaveform displays can still show as clipped when signal is reduced below 0dBFS.
Apple FCPX
10.4.6
YesWaveform displays can still show as clipped when signal is reduced below 0dBFS.
Apple Logic Pro X
10.4.6
No
Audacity
 2.02
YesNone
Avid Media Composer
 8.6.5
No
DaVinci ResolveNo
Izotope RX7YesNone
Protools 12YesWaveform displays can still show as clipped when signal is reduced below 0dBFS.
Reaper 64
5.979
YesNone
Steinberg Cubase LE 9.5YesOutput can still distort if signal is not reduced below 0dBFS (MAC OS Mojave)


I have no DAW handy, and I recorded my tracks in 32-bit float mode too hot. Can I adjust the file’s gain after recording?

Yes. The MixPre II has a very powerful feature called Remix/Rerecord which allows you to simultaneously play back a file and record a new L/R mix while adjusting the gains with the fader knobs.

How does the MixPre II achieve such high dynamic range in 32-bit float mode?

The MixPre II recorders feature Sound Devices’ own patented topology of multiple analog-to-digital converters. These converters appear in the circuitry after the Kashmir microphone preamplifier stage. They enable the recording of very-low distortion, ultra-high dynamic range audio. The MixPre II’s A-to-D’s can resolve more than 142 dB of dynamic range. Together with their Kashmir microphone preamplifiers and 32-bit float files, the MixPre II captures audio that is limited only by the capabilities of the microphone.

How do the MixPre II mic preamps compare to the original MixPre series?

The new MixPre II models, like the original MixPre-3, MixPre-6, and MixPre-10T recorders, offer the same discrete class-A Kashmir microphone preamplifiers with an exceptionally low noise-floor regardless of the gain setting. The recorder’s input gain, whether set high or very low, produce excellent results.

Any improvements to the headphone knob compared to the original MixPre models?

The MixPre II comes with a handy headphone knob “tire”. This allows for easy fingertip operation. Conveniently, this tire is removable in case large connectors or cables get in the way. 

Will the MixPre II support my control surface? Wingman?

Yes. The MixPre II supports the same control surfaces and Wingman functionality as the previous MixPre models.

  • Korg NanoKontrol Studio 
  • Korg NanoKontrol 2
  • Novation LaunchControl XL
  • Akai MidiMix

Is Ambisonics supported? 

Yes. An optional Ambisonics Plugin is available for the MixPre-6 II and MixPre-10 II for no charge on the Sound Devices plugin store. 16- and 24-bit operation is supported. 

Is binaural monitoring available when using Ambisonics?

Yes. Binaural monitoring is available (up to 48 kHz) for record and monitoring. 

Is there a multitracking feature on the MixPre II for musicians? 

All MixPre II models support the Musician Plugin, so you can easily create a song using your MixPre II as a standalone recorder featuring over-dub, reverb, metronome, and more.
We are offering a special launch price of $49.00 USD! Visit the Sound Devices plugin store for more information.

What are my limiter options? 

In 16- or 24-bit operation, the MixPre II offers analog/digital limiters similar to the original MixPre recorders. These limiters have been improved to give control over ratio, release, and threshold. In 32-bit float mode, the multi-stage A-to-D converters are active to capture the full dynamic range of the incoming signal; no limiters are needed. 

Is timecode accuracy maintained while powered down?

All of the MixPre II Series now include a full-featured internal timecode generator and are accurate to better than 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames per 24 hours). When the unit is off, the MixPre II Series maintains accurate timecode for up to four hours, even without batteries or external power.

What’s in the box?

  • AC wall adapter
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • MX-4AA Battery Sled (MixPre-3 II and MixPre-6 II)
  • MX-8AA Battery Sled (MixPre-10 II)
  • Anti rotation pin 
  • Allen wrench
  • Headphone tire.

What are my media options?

We recommend our SAM-32SD card. Additionally, most reputable manufacturers’ cards (such as SanDisk or Delkin) that meet or exceed class 10 speeds are acceptable. 

Can I upgrade my original series MixPre?

Due to the hardware differences, an original MixPre cannot be updated to the MixPre II.

Does Sound Devices offer a trade-in program?

The MixPre II Series is available for sale only through our resellers. We do not offer trade-ins for the original MixPre Series.


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Featured Articles

MixPre II Comparison Chart

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32-bit Float Files Explained

The MixPre II models introduce the ability to record 32-bit floating point WAV files.  For ultra-high-dynamic-range recording, 32-bit float is an ideal recording format. The primary benefit of these files is their ability to record signals exceeding 0 dBFS. There is in fact so much headroom that from a fidelity standpoint, it doesn’t matter where […]

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MixPre-3II & MixPre-6II Powering Options

The MixPre-3 II and MixPre-6 II have been designed to provide flexibility in powering. Here are some recommended powering options: 4 x AA batteries (with MX-4AA battery sled) or 8 x AA batteries (with optional MX-8AA battery sled). NiMH rechargeable or Lithium primary AA’s are recommended. Alkaline batteries will provide the shortest run times in […]

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Approved Media – MixPre II Series and MixPre Series

Sound Devices extensively tests removable recording media with the MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6 II, MixPre-10 II, and the discontinued MixPre-3, MixPre-6, and MixPre-10T audio recorders. SD Cards Sound Devices recommends its own brand of SD card – the SAM-32SD, listed below – which has been optimized and extensively tested to ensure fast and flawless performance when […]

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