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Sound Devices has expanded its groundbreaking MixPre Series to introduce two new models – the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M – powerful multitrack audio recorders with built-in USB audio interface. Designed specifically for musicians, the ultra-portable M-Series record up to 12-tracks of studio-grade audio (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and integrate features like overdub, track laying, punch in/out, bounce, reverb, vocal air, and metronome.
Available now, the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M are the newest members of the versatile MixPre M-Series for music creators and performers. The M-Series models feature Sound Devices’ world-class Kashmir mic preamps and ultra-low-noise A-to-D architecture — offering the tone and warmth of analog recordings desired by all musicians and audiophiles. The M-Series can also stream multiple channels of audio via USB to a computer, which is ideal for music composers working with a DAW.
- Although musicians can find countless ways to use a MixPre-3M or MixPre-6M, a few of the common uses include:
- Track-laying and overdubbing a multi-layered song without a DAW
- Premium-quality USB audio interface for any DAW and "DAWless" setup
- Streamlined tracking-to-editing workflow in a DAW
- Mixing and recording small ensemble live performance
- Playback of multichannel pre-recorded backing tracks
- Recording live events, concerts, and band rehearsals
"Sound Devices’ first musician-targeted audio product—the MixPre-10M—was unveiled earlier this year and laid the groundwork for its smaller siblings—the MixPre-3M and MixPre-6M," says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. "While most audio capturing devices are meant to sit in a studio, one of the true benefits of M-Series recorders is their portability. Whether you’re a recording or performing musician, the MixPre-3M or MixPre-6M will be the one piece of gear you carry with you at all times – at home, on stage, or on the road."
The M-Series’ musician-friendly, touch-screen interface lets musicians quickly get vocal melodies, instrumental hooks, and rhythms down. Use the built-in reverb and vocal air effects to easily add character to the sound of instruments and vocals. The bounce feature can be used to free up tracks to allow the layering of more instruments or for rendering in effects. After laying and overdubbing tracks, musicians can mix their song using dedicated knobs to control levels, pans, solos, and mutes. Render recordings for uploading to website/social media, sharing with band members or exporting to a DAW for further production.
Connect instruments and/or mics via the XLR/TRS inputs or the Aux in connector. Featuring a digital patchbay, any of the physical inputs, including USB, can be conveniently routed to any track, eliminating the need to plug and re-plug inputs just to record to a different track. The built-in metronome can also be selected as an input, so users can record its click to a discrete track.
ATTENTION existing MixPre-3, MixPre-6 and MixPre-10T users! Sound Devices has also released a Musician Plugin that adds all the musician-inspired features of the M-Series, including overdub, punch in/out, track laying, bounce, reverb, vocal air, and metronome. The plugin can be purchased from Sound Devices’ new online store – store.sounddevices.com.
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