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I know that the hand held recorder question has come up on this forum more times than I've had hot dinners, but none that specifically answer this;
Has anyone used the Sound Devices Mix Pre-D with a portable audio recorder (not Zoom H4n) and can they give their plus/minus points on them? I am considering investing in a recorder, it doesn't need XLR inputs (use Sound Devices' preamps then line out to recorder)
On a side note, does anyone have an opinion on a quality rival (within same price range) as the Sound Devices Mix Pre as a stand alone 2 channel mixer?
A MixPre-D and a Sony PCM-D10 or PCM-D50, depending on your budget, would be a killer combo: Rock solid build, less weight when you don't need the mic pre's, good control, but you top out at 96kHz as opposed to 192kHz with bag-based recorders. Get the MixPre-D 1/4-20 screw adapter and you can mate it with a D50, nice and clean. I need to pass on the second question, as we wait for more knowledgeable contributors... :-)
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I do all my radio dram & documentary with a Mix Pre feeding the line inputs of a Marantz PMD670 and the line inputs of my Zoom H2 for backup. It works brilliantly, great combo.
I have a Mix Pre which I'm using with a Marantz PMD-620 and Tascam DR-40. However, when I'm running the Mix Pre on NiMH rechargeable batteries (2450mAh), I'm getting about five or ten minutes out of it (supplying 48v phantom power to one microphone) before it starts to crap out.
Are there known issues with using these kinds of batteries with this mixer; is mine a dud; is something else amiss? Do I need to remove them when the unit's powered off? I've tried it with two sets of batteries. It's not their fault.