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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #195 on: November 24, 2017, 11:57:48 AM »

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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #196 on: November 28, 2017, 08:17:12 AM »
Now wondering if my issues are related to the usb c to c cable I was using.   see my post in the battery thread........

Still not 100% sure but I'm leaning toward the c to c cable as the cause for the lockup.  I've now tested multiple times with both the hypergear and the anker with a usb a to c they both switch gracefully to AA when they die and no lockups so far.
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #197 on: November 29, 2017, 11:19:29 AM »
Firmware v. 1.52 now out:

https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware


Changes introduced in 1.52 include:

Fixed

    Rare issue where input level would momentarily change
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #198 on: November 29, 2017, 02:34:24 PM »
Firmware v. 1.52 now out:

https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware


Changes introduced in 1.52 include:

Fixed

    Rare issue where input level would momentarily change

One more testimonial to Sound Devices customer service: I emailed them last week asking about the status of the fluctuating recording level issue that had been uncovered, and mentioned I had rolled back to the previous 1.20 firmware and was not willing to take the chance and run the unit with the 1.51 firmware. I received a very nice note back right away, that explained that they were working on trying to recreate the issue and asked if I had personally had any issues. I let them know I had not but just was not willing to chance it. They again promptly responded that they were working to recreate the issue and solve it. Today aside form the generic email I received announcing the new 1.52 firmware, I also received a personal email from one of the techs letting me know that the issue had been solved and alerting me to the new 1.52 firmware. I thought that was pretty nice and great customer service.
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #199 on: November 29, 2017, 02:36:39 PM »
Now who is willing to try the new firmware?
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #200 on: November 29, 2017, 11:03:30 PM »
Firmware v. 1.52 now out:

https://www.sounddevices.com/support/downloads/mixpres-firmware


Changes introduced in 1.52 include:

Fixed

    Rare issue where input level would momentarily change

One more testimonial to Sound Devices customer service: I emailed them last week asking about the status of the fluctuating recording level issue that had been uncovered, and mentioned I had rolled back to the previous 1.20 firmware and was not willing to take the chance and run the unit with the 1.51 firmware. I received a very nice note back right away, that explained that they were working on trying to recreate the issue and asked if I had personally had any issues. I let them know I had not but just was not willing to chance it. They again promptly responded that they were working to recreate the issue and solve it. Today aside form the generic email I received announcing the new 1.52 firmware, I also received a personal email from one of the techs letting me know that the issue had been solved and alerting me to the new 1.52 firmware. I thought that was pretty nice and great customer service.

I also received an email from Nelson in Technical Support today alerting me to the new firmware update after I had sent in my samples from v1.51 a few weeks ago.  Agreed on the prompt and professional service/support. 

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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #201 on: November 29, 2017, 11:09:33 PM »
Is that limited liability pop-up that you need to agree to before downloading the firmware new?  I don't recall seeing that before.
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #202 on: November 30, 2017, 08:51:24 AM »
^ No, the limited liability pop-up has also been there for previous firmware updates.  SD is pretty careful with that sort of thing; all of the manuals and software include similar statements... 

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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #203 on: December 02, 2017, 11:05:30 AM »
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #204 on: December 02, 2017, 12:20:14 PM »
Have any of you used a 64GB or 128GB SDXC card with your MixPre-6's while recording 24/48 on 4 channels?

I'm looking at these cards: 
 
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1282965-REG/sandisk_sdsdxxg_064g_gn4in_extremepro_sdhc_64gb.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1275616-REG/sandisk_sdsdxxg_128g_ancin_extremepro_sdhc_128gb.html

Yes. I've got a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB. I've used it a couple of times recording 24/48 on 4 respectively 6 (2xSBD+4xAUD) channels. Not a single glitch. Not even with the additional instant mix-down enabled.

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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #205 on: December 02, 2017, 12:53:08 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #206 on: December 03, 2017, 09:28:59 AM »
Small problem discovered where my I've been able to repeat a situation where my MixPre-3 DID NOT shut down gracefully when power was lost.

I've got a bunch of Tekkeon 3300 batteries which are fantastic for powering my gear all weekend without worrying about recharges at a festival.  I recently bought the Cable Technologies MX-powersled (the one with the Hirose connector) for my Mixpre-3, so I decided to conduct run time tests on all of the batteries to get a feel for which of the batteries are still in good shape and which might be starting to go bad. 

So far, I've run 14 batteries through the test and 3 times the recorder DID NOT write the file header information properly before the shutdown occurred.  Strangely, the other 11 times the file was written fine.  When I pull up the file in the MixPre-3 projects menu to determine how long the battery lasted, the file is showing zero minutes.  When I try to load the file in my DAW (Adobe Audition), it won't load and I get messages about the header info being bad. 

The good news however is that when I load the file into CDWav, it assumes that the file is a WAV file and corrects the header information and properly loads the file.  I then save the file from CDWav and it's fixed.  Then I can open it up in Audition for mastering, so in the end it's no big deal.

My thoughts are that the sled provides a regulated power supply to the MixPre-3.  Perhaps since the power level is regulated, the voltage being provided to the unit doesn't drop off at all prior to the battery going dead, which somehow doesn't give the MixPre-3 enough time to write the file header info before it loses power. 

Anyway, since I have been able to recover the file with CDWav, so far it's not really that big a deal to me, but it's concerning all the same and thought I should pass along my discovery. 

I'll be contacting Sound Devices and providing them with details.

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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #207 on: December 07, 2017, 01:52:28 PM »
Now who is willing to try the new firmware?
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #208 on: December 07, 2017, 05:45:39 PM »
Now who is willing to try the new firmware?

Now everyone is paranoid to try any new firmware.

I think I'm going with the "If it ain't broke don't fix it" mantra. Mine works fine on 1.20 and I don't see any new features added since, so I'm sticking with it.

That being said, I'm curious how 1.52 is.
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Re: Sound Devices MixPre-3 and 6, Part 4
« Reply #209 on: December 08, 2017, 02:09:20 AM »
Mixpre-3, 1.52 here, nothing wrong,I've been using it mostly for long mono interviews (1 or 2 hours) on a dynamic mic, but also on shorter stereo recordings with phantom power, no volume drops.
I made the change because I was fed up with the automatic folder of the day creation, even if I was recording nothing.

 

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