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I don’t want to get carried away here and end up spending way more than I planned. (Nor will I keep bumping this boring thread with new questions.) But what’s the closest thing to a MixPre-3 with a pair of XLR outputs?

 

That’s a strange and annoying lack on the MixPre-3.

 

The more I look into this, the more I like the look of the Zoom F4. It’s odd that Zoom discontinued that, since the F8n is way more expensive and the F6 doesn’t have some of the F4’s appealing features. Does Zoom make some kind of plug-in accessory for XLR out? They make a load of accessories … hard to check everything.

 

On 1/20/2021 at 10:01 PM, Eric said:

Shipping costs to Paris alone might kill this "just a preamp" idea if not some of your other criteria.

Probably. Thanks for the offer anyway.

 

On 1/20/2021 at 10:22 PM, Soundwil said:

I found this 302 for sale at a reasonable price on BBlist .. for what it's worth.

 

https://www.bblist.co.uk/item.php?item=75331

 

Anything in the UK has just become a bad value for me because of Brexit. There are import duties and VAT and uncertainties on top of that. Now leaning toward an all-in-one recorder of some sort anyway.

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2 hours ago, Samuel Dilworth said:

I don’t want to get carried away here and end up spending way more than I planned. (Nor will I keep bumping this boring thread with new questions.) But what’s the closest thing to a MixPre-3 with a pair of XLR outputs?

 

I can't recall if you need recording in your device, but if you don't maybe look for a used Sound Devices 302 mixer. https://www.sounddevices.com/product/302/ Or if you want something a bit bigger and even more flexible, perhaps a used Sound Devices 442 mixer. https://cdn.sounddevices.com/download/lit/442-factsheet.pdf

 

The recommendations for a Zoom F4 aren't so bad. Preamps aren't as nice as those in the 302 and 442, but they're OK and the F4 can record.

 

I'm probably repeating what others have said. Looks like there are several good options for you.

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17 hours ago, Samuel Dilworth said:

The more I look into this, the more I like the look of the Zoom F4. It’s odd that Zoom discontinued that, since the F8n is way more expensive and the F6 doesn’t have some of the F4’s appealing features. Does Zoom make some kind of plug-in accessory for XLR out? They make a load of accessories … hard to check everything.

I do agree it is very sad that there was never a "Zoom F4n"! As the Zoom F6 is not a proper replacement for the F4.
However, the F4 outputs are not true pro line level, they're consumer line level. If you want proper line level outputs, get the Zoom F8n.

 

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Just ordered a new old stock MixPre-3.

 

I hope I don’t regret not waiting for the right Zoom F4 to come along. I searched everywhere for a NOS F4 without success. I missed the used one on LeBonCoin that Display Name mentioned earlier in the thread (maybe someone here bought that?).

 

Spent more than I anticipated, but you’re all telling me it’s still cheap, ha. Thanks for the valuable advice, all.

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