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Old 26th September 2019
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My 552 is black....
You did make me question my own memory, so I went to dig mine out, yeah it is closer to a kind of "black" then the deep dark grey I was remembering.
Old 26th September 2019
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You did make me question my own memory, so I went to dig mine out, yeah it is closer to a kind of "black" then the deep dark grey I was remembering.
Mine is black black, like the 442, 302 etc.
Old 26th September 2019
  #603
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Got the new MixPre 10 II recently, and happy with it with one moderately significant exception - I wonder if anyone else has faced the same problem, and might wish to add their thoughts... I'll quote the Feature Request email I sent Sound Devices:

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It would be a huge advantage to have an option for soloed channels to retain their panning positions, and particularly for stereo paired channels to maintain their LR separation (when HP solo is set to Multiple, obviously). At the moment, all individual channels pan to centre when soloed, and linked pairs collapse to mono, which is pretty useless for music recording where, say, you want to solo the main stereo pair, removing spot mics, or where you want to check a distant ambient pair against the mains, etc etc.

You can simulate this at the moment by muting all the unwanted channels in the master mute and solo window, but this is very cumbersome. I can see why solos-to-mono makes perfect sense for dialogue recordists, but it's very unhelpful for music. (FWIW, the dreaded Zoom F8 gets this right, with linked pairs remaining in stereo when soloed...!) For music recording, soloing the main stereo pair is very frequently needed, and at the moment avoiding the mono pans is a real hassle.

So, any chance of another option in the HP output menu - perhaps 'Solos to mono - on/off' or 'Solos maintain panning - on/off'?

Otherwise, great job - the new product sounds terrific, 32 bit float is a lifesaver, and the price drop for the new generation was much appreciated!
They replied - very promptly:
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We’ll add “Maintain Pan Settings when Soloing Tracks” to our product feature request list, but cannot guarantee if or when it would be implemented.
which is of course totally reasonable.

I'm only ever recording isos, and then mixing in post, so of course I can work around with faders as well as the muting operation mentioned above, but either option is rather clunky, and this seems like an easy fix that would make a big difference to those of us on the musical side of things.

Anyone else come up against the same thing?
Old 4 weeks ago
  #604
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Has anyone recorded keys (piano) direct to a mixpre 3/6 ii recorder?
Old 4 weeks ago
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Has anyone recorded keys (piano) direct to a mixpre 3/6 ii recorder?
Synth piano yeah. Sounds great!

EDIT- Not a II version....
Old 4 weeks ago
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Mixpre 3/6 ii

Have you compared your recorded file with any other audio interface using the same synth piano? My reason for asking is that I record a Kawai MP11 keyboard (piano) voice to my DAW thru a Focusrite LS56 but I’m not satisfied with the outcome. Processing just never seems to get the finished or realistic spatial sound I’m looking for.
Old 4 weeks ago
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My money is on the Mix Pre sounding quite a bit better than a decade old Focusrite interface. Kashmir preamps are pretty impressive. Conversion is "very good." If not world-changing. Doesn't really matter.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I agree with the (xxx pornstar) monkster!..... There is a very pleasing reality and presence to my ears. Nice detail and natural sound. Figure these are made to be straight wire devices and not color... I have a UA 610 for that which sounds great in tandem......

I use mine as a standalone so not really a good judge of interfaces..... Lotta bang for the buck!.... I would be interested in some comparative thoughts about these and Focusrite, Audient, or other interface pres and conversion.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I would love to hear some experience detail regarding the mixpre 3/6 ii being used to record instrument tracks as well as vocals for music.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I would love to hear some experience detail regarding the mixpre 3/6 ii being used to record instrument tracks as well as vocals for music.
I don't remember if I put it in this thread or not.

But I set up two Beyer MPC67 boundary microphones (Half Carioid pattern) pointed at three small amps (_) x (_) x(_) in a semi circle position

into the MixPre 6 MK I

anyway I loved how it sounds, it's gorgeous to me. Two synths with a bunch of pedals, and one guitar with no effects.

I find the playback intoxicating. the MixPre headphone amp sounded gorgeous and it sounds great on speakers too.

I'm trying to set up a date at the end of the month for another session with the same two people and myself. I happened to be the guitar player in this instance, although all three persons are guitar players who own synthesizers and play other instruments. Kind of a funny "thing."
Old 2 weeks ago
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I don't remember if I put it in this thread or not.

I find the playback intoxicating. the MixPre headphone amp sounded gorgeous and it sounds great on speakers too.
When I first got the Mixpre-6M last December, my initial impression was the playback was pretty similar to my Sounddevices USBPre-2. But now I think I like the MixPre a bit better. I've been noticing details in older recordings that I didn't notice with the USBPre.

A while back you said the MixPre sounded good, but wasn't quite up to par with your Clarett. Is that still the case?
Old 2 weeks ago
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The USBPre-2 was no slouch.

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When I first got the Mixpre-6M last December, my initial impression was the playback was pretty similar to my Sounddevices USBPre-2. But now I think I like the MixPre a bit better. I've been noticing details in older recordings that I didn't notice with the USBPre.

A while back you said the MixPre sounded good, but wasn't quite up to par with your Clarett. Is that still the case?
Old 2 weeks ago
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When I first got the Mixpre-6M last December, my initial impression was the playback was pretty similar to my Sounddevices USBPre-2. But now I think I like the MixPre a bit better. I've been noticing details in older recordings that I didn't notice with the USBPre.

A while back you said the MixPre sounded good, but wasn't quite up to par with your Clarett. Is that still the case?
I think I was mainly speaking of the DAC. I have been focused on DAC to monitor speaker quality for a while now. The MixPre isn't quite as wide open sounding as the Clarett, nor the Topping DX7.

The ADC I think is truly excellent on the MixPre.

I have been doing more tracking of different kinds of music and the MixPre tracks are just as spacious and open sounding as anything else I'm familiar with. They sound wonderful. Kashmir preamps are also very nice in this regard.

I did a little shootout on vocals of the MixPre vs the Tascam UH7000 with a Heil PR35 microphone. The UH7000 came out on top, but the Mixpre/Kashmir was not that far behind at all. I have a little "Aux Box" I soldered together that allows me to run the UH7000 as a 2 channel mic pre into Aux 1 and 2 of the Mixpre 6. Giving me the full six inputs.

There has been so much excitement around the MixPre for me. It revolutionizes the way I can work. Now I can easily be a part of a musical ensemble and set up a basic recording at the same time. All of this in any loctation, not just my little studio. And the quality holds up, unlike handheld this or that, which I used to use, or a cassette recorder etc. The MixPre records "studio quality tracks" in my opinion. Once you mix them down properly they sound as good as anything.

I am so impressed that I am wondering if I need to save up for a MixPre 10 II down the road. Mainly for tracking live drums, live bands, etc.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Mixpre for workflow is amazing. Batteries last a long time, bought 2 Watsons and a sled. I have a 6M and it is liberating being able to move around my room putting it on a music stand and using Wingman. Coming in with an external pre sounds great also and I really like being freed from a computer. Downloading files couldn't be simpler and the fact it saves everything is great. Just keep recording until you've got it. FWIW I self record.

I wish it had a DI but I do like the conversion and is detailed and has body. Comparing it to top tier $1K converters I think it holds up but obviously isn't made to be on that level. From reading threads here most discerning classical field guys use it as a backup to their main rigs and that's not too shabby. I pick tools for workflow since getting the performance is key and I'm not doing anything close to A level work..... Having a unit like this which I can slip into a coat pocket is really liberating.
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