spekter Posted December 15, 2018 Report Share Posted December 15, 2018 Hi everyone, I'm looking for a recorder mainly for recording various sound effects; no recording of live gigs/ music, interviews, dialogue etc. I'm particularly interested in the available Sound Devices recorders but I'm wondering if the newer models of the MixPre series keep up with older, more expensive models of the 7 and 6 series regarding sound quality (for what I want to do with them). So if I want the best preamps/ sound quality for recording sound effects, which one is the best option (I would like to see which one of those options would give me the best sound first, and only then start looking at the different features of those recorders)? - Buy a used 702 for roughly the price of a new Mixpre 6 - Buy a used 744t for a bit less than the price of a new Mixpre 10t (about 200 EUR less) - Buy a used 633 for a bit more than a new Mixpre 6 (about 400 EUR more) - Buy a Mixpre 6 Looking at the overall features, the Mixpre 6 wins for me, since more inputs are always nice, and so is the option for ambisonic recording as well as smaller size/ less weight. However, even though some statemens I've come across by Sound Devices officials seem to suggest that the "Kashmir" preamps in the new MixPre series are somewhat on par with their other series' preamps, I have a hard time believing that the sound quality of the recorders that had over 3-4 times the cost of the Mixpre 6 when they came out, can now be matched by one of their cheapest products. I get that the Mixpre 6 is missing some properties of the other series, that also lead to a reduced price (such as robustness, timecode in the 744t, ...), but still there seems to be a huge price difference. Not to mention that the older, well established recorders are still being used by a lot of sound designers and companies (such as BOOM Library, which is sort of the stuff I'm shooting for ) and have been used for a very long time - but is it still worth buying one of those models instead of the MixPre? I'm thankful for all experiences/ inputs regarding this; maybe there is even someone who owned/ owns a 7 or 6 series recorder as well as one of the MixPre recorders and thus might be able to directly compare them regarding preamp/ sound quality. Thank you and best regards! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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