When Considering Any Mixer/Recorder
More and more companies are making recorders with some mixer functions like a single stereo mix track. The others are mixers that have integrated recorders. What you need to keep in mind is that any of these devices is more suited to one or the other. This is largely defined as the amount of features for mixing such as automixing etc..
What Features Make The Best Intermediate Mixer/Recorder?
On the mixer side of things you need to consider are around the number of outputs and the customisation of those outputs. With the MixPre 10T you have 2x ta3 outputs that are customisable routing and a stereo Aux 3.5mm too. This is enough for at least mixing to 2 cameras which you can always daisychain later.
You also need to have sync on most shoots to speed up workflow when using lots of iso tracks that are going to being remixed again in post production. MixPre 10T with Word Clock features this means you can even sync samples of the audio from 2 different devices. The BNC connection is standard worldwide too for many timecode cables.
Inputs are important for both mixers and recorders but with 10 you are going to be covered for loads of types of projects except maybe reality or live events. This coupled with a relatively low price point compared to something like a Sound Devices 788t you can even get 2 and link with the word clock feature to get a bigger track count.
MixPre 10T has Stereo and M/S channel linking also gives you flexibility when recording or mixing different types of microphone sources and being able to record at 192kHz and 24 bit depth will cover all the sound effects recordists too.
Also the versatile MixPre 10T makes an excellent USB audio interface featuring 12 channels in and 4 channels out from a computer at up to 96k sample rate. The Mixpre-10T also features the unique ability to record to an SD card while simultaneously audio streaming via USB.
The MixPre also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring with user-programmable routing presets from our custom-designed, powerful, wide-bandwidth headphone amp.
XLR/TRS combo Mic/Line level inputs cover you for most instrument, microphone, other mixer combinations that you need to feed your mixer. The Kashmir mic preamps feature a -130dBV noise floor, analog limiters, and new 32-bit A-to-D converters to ensure the highest quality audio recordings that far surpass those of other recorders using simple off-the-shelf, IC-based mic preamps.
Buying for the future
We are getting to a stage where though lots of devices are being released to fill in all areas of the market, the quality and demand for more bells and whistles means that this is truly a value for money, high quality mixer, recorder. There are of course reasons depending on your own work to dictate if this is right for your needs long terms but even just based on inputs, custom output routing and quiet preamps with metadata and recording along with timecode, cover the basics for many audio jobs day in and day out.
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This maybe slightly out the range of the some just starting but the buy once, cry once policy does stand the test of time, think of the people that bought a Sennheiser MKH 416 25 years ago new, still a great mic that will see them through.
London Sound Recordist
I am a London Sound Recordist and Sound Editor for many types of projects around the film genres. This covers creative content right through to feature films. I am passionate about sharing my journey and knowledge to help the rest of the community. If you need anything from me, feel free to get in touch with me at London Sound Recordist.