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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #75 on: May 11, 2021, 12:58:47 PM »
Thanks, got the e-mail from SD. 

But wow, first v7.11 on 3/15/21, then v7.12 on 4/27/21, followed by v7.13 on 5/11/21.  Hope they got it right this time!!!  Appreciate the updates but the releases feel careless and untested by manufacturer when they are so close together.
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #76 on: May 11, 2021, 01:27:16 PM »
I'm not really concerned about the frequency of updates, it does mean they are addressing bugs quickly instead of waiting to gather them. I assume they considered the gain bug serious enough to warrant an immediate fix. The extra USB current looks like something they've already considered. My general concern is that any new update could be worse then the previous one - do I wait?

I never noticed the gain bug, but see that it came up on the unofficial SD Users Facebook page about May 2.

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #77 on: May 11, 2021, 03:16:02 PM »

Hahaha I was just eyeballing that USB-A and wondering how well it would work as a charging port!?!!!

MixPre no longer enters a state where there are level discrepancies between channels.MixPre-3, MixPre-3M, MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6, MixPre-6M, and MixPre-6 II now provide a higher current on USB-A when the unit is powered via USB-C. USB-A provides up to 500 mA. Use a powered hub if your peripherals require more than 500 mA.

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #78 on: May 24, 2021, 03:48:14 PM »
anyone used 7.13 in the field?
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #79 on: May 24, 2021, 03:56:22 PM »
That is what I'm running currently!  Have only done some light home testing. 

anyone used 7.13 in the field?
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #80 on: May 26, 2021, 05:55:35 PM »
Just got a 6 II. Struggling getting it up and running. Ordered AA lithiums as they suggested and still not enough power. Also with external. Next will buy the Sony L series.
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #81 on: May 26, 2021, 06:06:36 PM »
Just got a 6 II. Struggling getting it up and running. Ordered AA lithiums as they suggested and still not enough power. Also with external. Next will buy the Sony L series.

Get the 20100 mah usb-c Anker battery from Amazon. AAs are only good for backup in these.

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #82 on: May 27, 2021, 12:18:00 AM »
Just got a 6 II. Struggling getting it up and running. Ordered AA lithiums as they suggested and still not enough power. Also with external. Next will buy the Sony L series.

Get the 20100 mah usb-c Anker battery from Amazon. AAs are only good for backup in these.
that's the one. I should probably pick up a spare. Takes ten hours to charge via USB-C or about 24 hours to charge via USB-A but runs 4 kashmir preamps for about ten hours on my Mixpre6 (original version)
Helpfully, it has ten power level indicator dots so it's about one dot per hour up or down via USB-C with the thirsty preamps
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #83 on: May 27, 2021, 09:32:56 AM »
It looks like they may have discontinued it in favor of a smaller product, which is not surprising since it's a brick.

This looks to be the replacement: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Portable-PowerCore-Essential-Compatible-dp-B08LG2X98F/dp/B08LG2X98F/ref=dp_ob_title_wld

Here's the bigger version of the one we have: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charger-PowerCore-Portable-Delivery/dp/B07XRJZXKY/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1&keywords=anker+20100&qid=1622122329&s=electronics&sr=1-19

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #84 on: May 27, 2021, 09:42:58 AM »
I like small and light!  More than enough time for a normal show mics + sbd

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #85 on: May 28, 2021, 07:21:11 AM »
I have a nice L mount sled and batteries I can sell.  LMK if you are interested.

Just got a 6 II. Struggling getting it up and running. Ordered AA lithiums as they suggested and still not enough power. Also with external. Next will buy the Sony L series.
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #86 on: May 28, 2021, 12:04:41 PM »
Just got a 6 II. Struggling getting it up and running. Ordered AA lithiums as they suggested and still not enough power. Also with external. Next will buy the Sony L series.
SD is pretty clear that AA batteries are not going to cut it and at best are there if a mid switch of external batteries are required. I have had luck with just about any USB C external battery at 10,000 mah or higher, so that should not be a problem and if it is there could be a problem with the deck.

That said, I have grown fond of using the Sony L batteries. They do work well and last a long while.

While recording using external batteries with the MPII, I have the AA's as a backup using the 8 battery tray, and when I record using the Sony L batteries, I use a USB C external battery as a backup, so this way in case of any weird emergency which of course would only happen in a very important recording, I am protected.
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #87 on: May 30, 2021, 02:18:08 PM »
NP-1 style Lithium-Ion batteries with assorted BDS’s and stand alone battery cups allow flexibility in power options with great run times for multiple devices in an audio bag or as stand alone.  It’s nice that the MixPre-D and MixPre-10 come equipped with Hirose 4-pin power ports. Too bad SD didn’t include them with MixPre-6 or MixPre-3 but at least there are Hirose adapters for these recorders.

I may be in the minority here but after dealing with Tekkeon issues I decided to make the jump and have never looked back. The USB-C battery options that appear to be popular are on par with Tekkeon.
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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #88 on: June 01, 2021, 03:19:51 PM »
SD is pretty clear that AA batteries are not going to cut it and at best are there if a mid switch of external batteries are required.

I don't know about that. I have recorded many shows using Eneloop Pros in the 8 AA sled. I think the longest was about four hours, with two channels of phantom, two of soundboard, and the mix (plus some playback on the train home). Since getting a USB-C battery, I mostly use that, with the 8 AA sled for redundancy, but I still sometimes rely solely on the AA's for shorter shows with no worries.

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Re: New Sound Devices MixPre II-series coming? part 2
« Reply #89 on: June 01, 2021, 05:03:33 PM »
SD is pretty clear that AA batteries are not going to cut it and at best are there if a mid switch of external batteries are required.

I don't know about that. I have recorded many shows using Eneloop Pros in the 8 AA sled. I think the longest was about four hours, with two channels of phantom, two of soundboard, and the mix (plus some playback on the train home). Since getting a USB-C battery, I mostly use that, with the 8 AA sled for redundancy, but I still sometimes rely solely on the AA's for shorter shows with no worries.

I've also run Eneloop Pros in the 8 AA sled, but with only two channels of phantom, at 24/192, and got just over 5 hours recording time.
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