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120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:15 pm
by joshuacliston
I will keep this short.

PROS
• The pre-amps really are that-damn-good. It's rare to my untrained ears that I can hear a real difference between pre-amps, but as soon as I plugged my various mics into the MP-6 I noticed the quality instantly.
• The analogue limiters are both functional and also have a musical quality that only quality limiters can pull-off. For in-person interviews I haven't used a better piece of gear for handling loud speakers.
• The ease of recording and using the MP-6 as an interface is dead-simple and the recorded files are faultless (no glitches, artifacts, drop-outs, electrical interference, other).
• The metering is leagues ahead of the metering on my R-05 and my Zoom H5.

CONS
• The price in Australia was very high!
• When recording there is no way to see the time elapsed etc. in large text on the screen (the ability to toggle - using the universal STAR button - from your meters to a screen with time-elapsed and space left on SD card etc. would be ultra handy).
• The batteries (regardless of cost) do seem to drain more quickly than I expected, so I've been running the unit mostly on USB-C power from my 2017 Mac Book Pro (note: as soon as I can afford a pro-level USB-C battery block I'll start using one of those in the field, and have the batteries in the unit as a back-up only).
• When I'm using my 2012 iMac I have to use a split USB-C to 2 USB cable to power the MP-6 fully, but the latest version(s) of Skype for MacOS do not like the config and if you have to close and re-open Skype for any reason (say a drop-out during a call) then all the defaults in Skype reset to internal mic / internal speakers, which = annoying!

Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:07 am
by StephenJondrew
Thanks for posting this, Josh. You make me want to get my hands on one.

Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:36 am
by Welsch
I'm so very tempted to get this bad boy. The short battery span kind of worries me, but those pros are way too juicy. Are you still using yours, Joshua?

Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:36 am
by pauljisaacs
Welsch wrote:I'm so very tempted to get this bad boy. The short battery span kind of worries me, but those pros are way too juicy. Are you still using yours, Joshua?
If you use NiMH rechargeable AAs or Lithium primary AAs you’ll get good battery time. Standard AA alkalines cannot deliver adequate current for very long. You can also power via USB-C battery and Li-ion L-mount batteries and from a wall outlet. Many ways to power the MixPre.


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Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:23 pm
by joshuacliston
pauljisaacs wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:36 am
Welsch wrote:I'm so very tempted to get this bad boy. The short battery span kind of worries me, but those pros are way too juicy. Are you still using yours, Joshua?
If you use NiMH rechargeable AAs or Lithium primary AAs you’ll get good battery time. Standard AA alkalines cannot deliver adequate current for very long. You can also power via USB-C battery and Li-ion L-mount batteries and from a wall outlet. Many ways to power the MixPre.


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Have been using very expensive NiMH batteries since day one, and still not the best battery life. I have tried running the unit on a USB-C power brick, but the power indicator on the touchscreen displays as orange and not green - so maybe the brick can't provide enough juice for the MixPre. Seems a little crazy, as I can charge my MacBookPro while using the laptop and with loads of stuff open.

Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:41 am
by pauljisaacs
If you want to use power brick, best to use one with a USB-C output, then you will get full green battery indicator on MixPre. The USB-A to C powering specification is complex and requires not only the correctly spec’d USB-A power source but also the correct USB A to C cable. These complications can be avoided by simply using a USB-C power source.


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Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:48 pm
by joshuacliston
Thanks Paul, appreciate you're comments there. I am actually using a USB-C power brick, so I'm running USB-C from the brick to USB-C on the MixPre. What does the orange indicator (as opposed to green) on the MixPre touchscreen signify?

I was thinking maybe it meant that the unit has power but it's not fully powered up?

Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:01 pm
by pauljisaacs
Orange means the usb power source is not advertising that it can supply enough power to MixPre. This surprises me if your power bank is usb-c. All reputable usb-c power sources we’ve tried power the MixPre fully.


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Re: 120 Days with the MixPre-6

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:09 pm
by joshuacliston
pauljisaacs wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:01 pm
Orange means the usb power source is not advertising that it can supply enough power to MixPre. This surprises me if your power bank is usb-c. All reputable usb-c power sources we’ve tried power the MixPre fully.


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Hi Paul, turned out it wasn't the power brick, it was the cable that came with the brick that wasn't rated to carry the full power of the brick through to the MixPre-6. I purchased a short Gen 2 USB-C cable, and that's been great. Have done 2 hour + episodes since getting the new cable and the MixPre6 has only pulled down around 25-35% of the full battery pack depending on if it was a 2 mic interview or 3. Super happy with how its performed.