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MixPre-6 preamps vs pro-level preamps Condenser Microphones
Old 1st October 2017
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MixPre-6 preamps vs pro-level preamps

Hi everyone,

this is my first post on GearSlutz and I hope to be in the right section.

I am a happy owner of a SoundDevices MixPre-6.This tiny and more than decent portable recorder allowed me to go a step further in my field recordings (which are mainly soundscape and sound-fx oriented) both in terms of audio quality and of comfort.

The other day I was asked to record a baroque duo, organ and flute, playing a sonata by Benedetto Marcello. I consider these two instruments very difficult to record for several obvious reasons, so I knew that it would have been a challenge. Trying my best, I used two Sennheiser MKH8020 (AB setup, about 65 cm spaced) and one Neumann KM184 (as a spot mic on the flute) and I recorded everything with my MP6.

I'm OK with the result (I am attaching a small excerpt of a very raw mix - any criticism is more than accepted) but, as I am very much interested in doing more recording of classical and baroque music, I am now wondering if anyone has any idea of how the MP6 preamps perform if compared to pro-level preamps and especially to DAV BG (but also True System). Is there anyone who's made or can make an AB comparison?

Old 2nd October 2017
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Old 3rd October 2017
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Old 4th October 2017
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Originally Posted by DCtoDaylight View Post
Look on page 9 of this thread for some comments from a knowledgable user who also has DAV preamps:

Thanks, that's very interesting but I'd like to know more about the different qualities of DAV and SoundDevices preamps.

Moreover, as I have no opportunity of making a direct comparison between Sound Devices recorders and the stardard preamps used in the classical music field (Millennia, Grace, True System, etc), I was wondering if anyone has or has had the opportunity of making an actual AB comparison or at least has used both.

Especially, considering a possible investment to increase the number of channel I have, is it worth to get something like the new MixPre-10T, or would it be better to invest in a 8-channel preamp (DAV, True System, Lake People) to route then to the 8 inputs of my Fireface 400?
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