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Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 With Zax wireless

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I purchased a Sound Devices Mix Pre 6. I am primarily and before the Mix Pre 6 have been exclusively a Zaxcom user. 

 

With the small foot print of the Mix Pre 6. Im thinking about putting together a very small minimal portable rig for small interview setups. I just want something I can carry in a backpack very easily.

 

I was originally wanting to go without a BDS to avoid the weight and cables. And just have a bunch of rechargeable Lithium AAs. 

 

I was originally planning on having 2 or 3 Zaxcom RX200s as Receivers for their Internal battery power ability. But in order to have Zaxnet/Proper TC I need an IFB or Camera Link system. So overall it makes sence to have a BDS. So I’m leaning that way.

 

Does anyone feed a Mix Pre 6 with Timecode using a Zaxcom IFB200/CL or even QRX with IFB? And does the Mix Pre 6 unbalanced output work fine feeding a Zaxcom IFB200/CL or even QRX with IFB?

 

 

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This is my “Tiny Rig” set up.

 

Mix Pre 6

QRX200

IFB200

Anker Batt w/DC and USB Outputs

 

Four pieces of hardware make up the entirety of the kit. The IFB200 is what ties the whole thing together.

 

The IFB200 is the TC master, feeding into the Aux-In on the MP6. It is also my L/R Mix backup recorder, and my transmitter to the ERX’s in use as IFB’s and Camera Hop. It also controls my Zaxcom ZMT transmitters (frequency, gain, and roll record).

 

The output on the MP6 is just barely sufficient to feed the IFB200.  I wish there was more gain there, but I work with what it does.

 

The particular Anker battery I’m using is an older 20,000mah battery. It has USB-A out which powers the USB-C on the MP6. The DC-out uses the same plug as BDS, so I have a BDS Y-cable made to power the QRX200 and IFB200.

 

Add in some low profile cables, and it makes for one powerful, versatile, really small rig. 

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Is the input audio on the IFB200 different than the CL? I can barely get the MP series to register usable audio on the CL. When I send tone from my MP3, I barely get a blip on the CL screen... am I missing something as far as bumping up the level?

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It is the same on the IFB200 and the TRXCL. You can adjust the trim pots on the back  for max level. If you are not feeding the IFB200 balanced you should connect pins 3 and 5 to 1 on the ta5 input .

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Nicely done,  I'm also planning a mp6 rig (tho with Sr's) and I figure the weight of internal batts on each device will likely be very close to a 49whr audioroot batt/bds to power the bag.

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I got my mini rig set up in the KTek KSTG Mix bag and a MixPre 6. How are people mounting/ storing the battery/BDS? I was planning on using the pouch for TXs, not nessicarly for battery/BDS storage.

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New firmware (v.2.20) released today that has among other features:

  • Output gain range increased by 20dB.

 Hopefully that will help with the level issue. I’m picking up my new IFB200 today or tomorrow from Gotham so this firmware comes at a great time!

 

-Mike

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