Sound Devices MixPre-6M
The MixPre-6M shares most aspects of the 3M’s functionality as mentioned above and performs to the same impressive standards. Even so, it does have some differences: firstly, you have four XLR mic/line inputs and this time they use combination XLR/jack connectors, which is welcome. As for tracking, you can record six tracks simultaneously, maximum track count remains 12 and USB IO improves with 8-in and 4-out. Understandably the 6M is slightly larger and heavier (a little over half a kilo); what’s more that extra front panel space means they’ve squeezed in a ‘shortcut’ button. Even so it’s still super compact and in use the MixPre-6M is pretty much identical to the MixPre-3M (and MixPre-10M for that matter).
The price difference is roughly £250, which is a lot, and although we like having the extra input and more flexible combi connectors, one has to question whether the price difference is justified. Even so, the quality and capabilities of the MixPre-6M still make it a good choice for serious musicians looking for its particular feature set.