|Sound Devices MixPre-D|
In the field, in the studio or in post, there are times when you don’t need or don’t want a big audio mixer. Maybe you’ll only be working with a mono or stereo source, but you want something better than camera microphone inputs. In some cases, the devices you’re asked to feed have no reliable balanced, analog audio inputs; computers, iPhones, iPod touch or iPads.If you find yourself in these situations enough times to do something about it, try the Sound Devices MixPre-D (D for digital). It’s like the analog MixPre because they share a nearly identical front end, but the MixPre-D has 24-bit AES3 and USB outputs. There are some other differences, no input peak lights on the MixPre-D and many of the dedicated external switches on the Mix-Pre have been internalized on the MixPre-D, requiring “hold this, slide or twist that” operation of the remaining buttons, knobs and switches.
|Sound Devices MixPre-D Input|
|Sound Devices MixPre-D Output|
The MixPre-D appears to be another piece of good gear in the consistent Sound Devices line. I would have liked more dedicated controls so I don’t have to use various secret handshakes to change settings, but the box works very well. The Sound Devices limiters are nicely set for most program material. If your present chain doesn’t have a good set of stereo limiters, consider using the MixPre-D just for its limiters before your final record destination or PA. Last but not least, Sound Devices offers the very handy XL-CAM accessory mount that allows the MixPre-D to be securely mounted to the bottom of DSLR cameras. There’s also a standard threaded hole on its bottom plate to allow for different mounting options. Sound Devices also offers a variety of interconnect cables and external powering solutions.