Sound Devices MixPre-10T Has All The Inputs You’ll Ever Need!

Premium audio recorders and mixers maker Sound Devices just announced a 10-input/12-track MixPre-10T recorder to MixPre Series offering expanded feature set with built-in Timecode, balanced outputs, diverse powering, and auto copying.

As its name suggests, the new Sound Devices MixPre-10T is a “big boy” 10-input pro audio recorder with built-in timecode generator and reader, offering up to 12 tracks of polyphonic WAV file recording, which makes it  ideal for video production sound mixers, field recordists, sound designers, and musicians.

“Since we released the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 in April, we’ve heard how much our users love having phenomenal mic preamps in such a small, durable package,” says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. “The MixPre-10T offers higher track count, balanced outputs for additional routing flexibility, and built-in timecode generator and reader for trouble-free sync with any production. The addition of the MixPre-10T further distinguishes the MixPre Series as the quintessential family of affordable, portable audio products on the market.”

Sound Devices MIxPre-10T

The new 10-input recorder is priced at $1,800 USD, and is the third addition to the MixPre series range, currently consisting also of the smallest MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 providing a middle ground between massive input functionality and portability.

The major features and highlights of the new Sound Devices MixPre-10T include:

  • Exceptional audio quality
    • Features eight ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A, Kashmir mic preamps handcrafted by Sound Devices. The MixPre-10T offers signature analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure high quality, professional-grade audio recordings.
  • Accurate Timecode
    • with built-in, ultra-high accuracy timecode generator and reader. Even when turned off or if all power is removed, the MixPre-10T continues to hold accurate timecode for hours. With its BNC, Aux, and HDMI timecode connections, all common frame rates and timecode modes are supported as well as the ability to lock to or output word clock.
  • Versatile I/O routing
    • flexibility with its two TA3 balanced outputs and a 3.5mm Stereo output, each with routing matrix. The MixPre-10T comes equipped with eight XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line level inputs, and a 3.5mm Aux/Mic input, which may be used for 2-channel line input, camera return, or timecode.
  • Flexible powering options
    • including a locking 4-pin Hirose connector for either external battery powering or AC-powering, as well as AA or Li-Ion battery sleds.
  • Un-intimidating design
    • featuring a sunlight-readable, IPS touch screen LCD, and transport control joystick, for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
  • Mixing and metering
    • with gain control knobs, and access to panning and soloing via a simple press of the knob. Easy-to-read ring LEDs display limiter activity, and three LCD views provide easy monitoring of multitrack, mix, and USB return meters.
  • Built-in Bluetooth Smart
    •  enables control of the device from the free Sound Devices Wingman app. Users can start/stop recording, enter/edit metadata, and arm, disarm and rename tracks. What’s more, MixPre-10T users can manage and create sound reports.
  • Superior headphone monitoring
    • through the MixPre-10T’s custom-designed, wide-bandwidth headphone amp, and user programmable routing presets.
  • Compact and durable
    • the MixPre-10T is small in stature relative to products in its class. It is also constructed with a die-cast aluminium chassis making it robust, yet extremely lightweight.

Just like its other MixPre siblings, the MixPre-10T also makes an excellent USB audio interface featuring 12 channels into and 4 channels out from a Mac or Windows computer at up to 96k sample rate that musicians and podcasters would surely apprecaite. The MixPre-10T also has the unique ability to record to an SD, SDHC or SDXC media card while simultaneously audio streaming via USB.

As an added benefit, the MixPre-10T includes the ability to automatically copy recordings to a USB thumb drive, which may be handed off to a client or kept as a backup copy.

Sound Devices MIxPre10T side

There are three modes of operation in the unit: Basic, Advanced, and Custom modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, the Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for stereo recording applications.

Advanced and Custom modes offer more experienced audio professionals and enthusiasts access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings, such as metering, routing, timecode, mic pre gain, stereo and M/S channel linking, input/output delay, headphone presets, and more.

For most indie filmmakers, the MixPre-10T may a bit of an overkill, but for sound recordists and musicians, that often need to use more than 4-5 inputs at a time, the 10T alongside its added extra functionality such as simultaneous recording and streaming can go a long way.

The Sound Devices MixPre-10T is currently priced at $1,799 USD and available to pre-order from B&H. The unit is estimated to start shipping towards the end of the October. For full specs and to learn more head over to Sound Devices.

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  • Can someone help me compare this the way more expensive “sound mixer with recorder” from sound device?. I mean the real difference you will use 90% of the time.

    TC : ok
    Balanced output : Ok

    I have a sound device 302 and would love to get extra recording input and channel
    for almost the same price, I can use a Mix pre10t and have camera return.
    Am I doing a mistake by selling my 302 for this one?

    (I’m a freelancer cameraman and my need for sound are at max 3 wireless mic + 2 boom to feed the camera)
    Thanks for your support

    • Florian

      The 302 might provide better hum and buzz rejection than the built-in inputs due to lundhal input transformers. This matters on the filming set where there are lots of sources of interference. 302’s faders are also much better.

      The MixPre is a direct response to zoom’s low-cost F4 and F8 recorders which have stormed the market. Suddenly 70% of the sound recordists, wonder why pay 6000$ when you get 90% of the job done for 1000$. Especially if you have external analogue mixers.

      However I doubt you’ll be able to get more than 600$ for the 302.

      I intend to keep both my 302 and my 442 and buy a mixpre10 as well. This will give me more control when mixing (mixpre has SMALL weird faders), better audio routing options, talkback, better hum and buzz rejection, better limiters, longer battery life for the mixpre10, at the added cost of extra weight.

      • Thanks for your input.
        My question is more about going to a job assuming I have a SD302 and a mix pre 10
        Which one should I bring?
        I love the SD 302? I love the versatility of the panel. I hate the weight and the non recording option.
        What will I loose going to a Mixpre compare to what will I gain?
        Is there a SD302 equivalent with recording each track?

        The Zoom F4 or F8 have a digital clicking noise when you change the level, this is a no go for me.