Does the MixPre need a Fethead or Cloudlifter?

The MixPre series from Sound Devices* is my favorite, sub $1000, audio recorder and interface. As you’ll read below, it has many advantages over other recorders in this class (Zoom H6, Tascam DR60DmkII, etc.) Of course that is built into the price but the return is worth it IMO.

At its core, it’s a professional level device that performs its main function really well…clean audio recordings. What makes this possible is the great preamp the MixPre has inside. It’s strong (+76db) and clean (doesn’t add noticeable noise to the recording).

To test this out, I plugged in my Shure SM7B (XLR direct to input 1), a notoriously low-sensitivity microphone, to see if the MixPre could provide enough gain to reach recording level (-20 to -12 peaks) without adding noise to the recording.

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