Sound Devices MixPre-3 with Joel Pare (Livestream Deals)


Joel Pare discusses the sound quality and durability of the MixPre-3.

Welcome to the Livestream Deals podcast. Ross Brand of Livestream Universe talks audio recording, mixing and streaming with Joel Pare from Sound Devices. Joel shares the many the different features of, and uses for, the MixPre-3 and shares how it can be used by both beginners and advanced audio professionals as well as musicians.


Sound Devices is a company with a strong reputation for making extremely high-quality audio gear that is portable and durable. The MixPre-3 serves as the audio hub of both my home studio and mobile rig.

The MixPre-3 is a pro audio device that serves as a mixer, recorder and audio interface. What makes it unique in comparison to other field recorders/interfaces is that it can perform both tasks, recording and working as your audio interface, at the same time. This makes it extremely useful for podcasters and live streamers who want to capture a high-quality local audio recording (in the MixPre) while streaming audio to their computer using the MixPre as an audio interface.

The MixPre-3 is also optimized to work as a field recorder for video shoots and can be paired with camcorders, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, or any other camera that has an audio input, to stream or record video and audio synced up through the camera. It also has time code for syncing your recording in the MixPre with the video recorded in the camera.

The MixPre line features Kashmir preamps for your microphones. The preamps are super quiet and powerful, providing more than enough clean gain for dynamic broadcasting mics. The analog to digital and digital to analog converters are top rate and the headphone amp makes anything you listen to through the MixPre sound good. The MixPre also had analog limiters to prevent your audio from peaking (distorting) if the levels get too hot (too loud). Analog limiters are superior to digital limiters as prevent the distortion from taking place rather than attempt, with less than stellar results, to fix it after the fact.

While the price of the MixPre-3 may sound high at first ($649), you must factor in the cost of buying products that fill the same roles as the MixPre: a mixer, audio interface and field recorder plus a mic activator (e.g. Cloud Lifter) for additional gain for your preamps. Then consider that the MixPre-3 does it all at a pro audio level with durability to last decades and a wealth of features to cover almost any situation. Check out the MIxPre-3.

In addition to our conversation with Joel about the Sound Devices’ MixPre-3, our November 2018 Facebook Live show features Jeremy Vest of YouTube growth software, VidIQ, and Randall Harp of Chapel Hill Media, a video production company. Look for Rob Balasabas of Thinkific wll join us on our December Facebook Live show. See info and purchase products on the LivestreamDeals home page

At VidSummit 2018 in Los Angeles, Ross conducted interviews with video influencers, including episodes of LivestreamDeals featuring Sean Cannel on his new book YouTube Secrets, Andrew Haley on new features in Wirecast, and Addy Saucedo on podcasting with Simplecast. Also check out Brand on Broadcasting interviews from #VidSummit2018 with Nick Nimmin, Steve Dotto, Carlos Gil, Nicole Sanchez, Dan Norton and Jason Liebman. All interviews were livestreamed to Facebook Live using the LiveU Solo. More info and special offers at

We have another podcast you’ll want to check out. It’s Brand on Broadcasting. Listen and subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker or Stitcher.

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