Sound-Devices 3 XLR input 5-track audio recorder
For independent filmmakers, field recordists, and podcasters who need pristine audio capture of up to three microphones, the Sound Devices MixPre-3 II multitrack field recorder is an ideal tool. Record up to three tracks of external sources plus a stereo mix at up to 32-bit / 192 kHz while monitoring your audio headphones.
The MixPre-3 II offers many upgrades over its predecessor. Chief among these features is the ability to record at 32-bit floating point. This makes it nearly impossible for you to clip (distort) audio on the way in. Whether you're recording hot or making use of the unit's astounding 142 dB dynamic range, you'll only be handicapped by the quality of your microphone.
Other improvements include the ability to auto-copy recorded tracks to USB thumb drives, making file transfers a breeze. Lovers of sync will revel in a handy new feature: a full-fledged, built-in timecode generator, accurate to better than 0.2 ppm (0.5 frames in 24 hours). Even when powered off, the MixPre-3 II maintains accurate timecode for up to four hours.
All of this is available in a three-channel package that can be powered from wall chargers, computers, AA batteries, or Sony L-series batteries. Whether you use the device in an advanced or basic capacity, the MixPre-3 II will suit any intimate, field-based production.
Like the original unit, the MixPre-3 II offers class-A Kashmir mic preamps. All inputs are fully RF-filtered to keep interference out.
Create a mix using the built-in 3x2 portable mixer.
Audio Interface Functionality
When connected to a Mac or Windows computer, the MixPre-3 II can serve as a 5-input / 2-output USB audio interface for your favorite audio recording software. The unit will record three tracks in isolation and provide a stereo mix of all three to boot.
USB Audio Input
Stream up to two tracks into the unit over USB, using the MixPre-3 II as a recorder from your host device. If you're a musician, you can utilize this feature to record a stereo mix from your host DAW as a backing track for further standalone recording.
For inputs, you'll find three XLR jacks. Audio output connections are handled over a 3.5mm jack. Timecode I/O is made possible via 3.5mm connections, though you also have the option of HDMI for inputting timecode.
Adjust on the Fly
Adjust the limiters, change the bit depth, shift panning and polarity in the stereo mix, and filter out extraneous bass rumble with low-cut filters. Whether you record to an SD card or to your computer over USB, the MixPre-3 II can be customized to your needs.
Built-In Timecode Generator & Bluetooth Control
Thanks to the device's timecode generator, you can even trigger recording from the camera. With built-in Bluetooth, you can control the unit over the Wingman app, available from Sound Devices. This app displays high-resolution meters, current timecode, transport buttons, and more.
Transport and Mounting Options
The MixPre-3 II is rugged, lightweight, and relatively compact, so you can throw it in a bag or mount it to a tripod or camera.
Key Features at a Glance
-Kashmir microphone preamps with 48V phantom power
- Internal timecode generator
- Sample rates up to 192 kHz
- Bit depths up to 32-bit float
- Adjustable limiters
- SD card recording and reading
- Backup to USB drive
- 10 seconds of pre-roll at 48 kHz
- USB control surface support
- Customize with plugins
- Add low cut, high pass, delay, polarity invert, and panning
- Simultaneous recording, mixing, and USB audio streaming
- Trigger record via timecode or HDMI timecode
- Bluetooth for wireless control via Wingman app
- Basic, advanced, and custom modes
- High-fidelity headphone amplifier
Number of Tracks
5 (3 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Max Sample Rate/Resolution
192 kHz / 32-Bit
1.6" / 40.64 mm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card Support
SD, SDHC, SDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Audio File Formats
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 96 / 192 kHz
16 / 24 / 32-Bit (A/D Conversion)
Delay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Frame Rates Supported
23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
±2 ppm / 0.5 Frame per 24 Hrs (Timecode)
3 x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Aux Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm SMPTE Timecode Output
1 x HDMI Type-D SMPTE Timecode Input
+48 V, Selectable On/Off
Phantom Power Current
10 mA per Channel
Yes, 3 V
1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
1 x USB Type-A (Control, Text Entry, Thumb Drive)
Bluetooth 4.0 (Remote)
10 Hz to 80 kHz ±0.5 dB (At 192 kHz)
+6 dB to +76 dB
-20 dB to +30 dB
+10 dB to +40 dB
-10 dB to +20 dB
Up to +20 dB
Up to +20 dB
Max Input Level
Max Output Level
Headphone Output Power
300 mW per Channel
4 Kilohms (Active-Balanced, Line Level, Mic Level)
100 Kilohms (Mic Level, Unbalanced)
-10 dBu (0.005%)
-128 dBu (A-Weighted)
Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
4 x AA (Included)
2 x L Series (Requires Optional Equipment, Hot-Swappable, Not Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC (Included)
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
1/4"-20 Male (Top)
1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
-40 to 185°F / -40 to 85°C
0 to 90%
5.7 x 1.4 x 4.3" / 144.0 x 36.0 x 110.0 mm
16.8 oz / 0.5 kg (Without Batteries)