Sound Device MixPre-3

Step-by-step tutorial

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We will use the following gear: a Sound Devices MixPre-3 and a camera.

To timecode sync this setup, you will need two NanoLockits and these two TC-IO-35RA timecode cables, which are included when buying a NanoLockit.

Start the NanoLockits by pressing and holding the power button for three seconds.

The LED will flash green / red, which means the LEMO timecode output is still muted.

Press and hold the green button of one NanoLockit for three seconds until LED double-blinks green: This sets the timecode and frame rate, wirelessly syncs all other NanoLockits and activates all LEMO outputs.
The NanoLockit always starts with its Real Time Clock at last frame rate or at default 25 fps.

If successful, all units will flash green in sync. Which means: they are ready to sync other devices.

Now take the timecode cable and connect one NanoLockit to the „AUX / Mic In“ port of the audio recorder.

On the display, you will see no TC yet because we need to set up the audio recorder for use with an external timecode device first.

To do so, press „Menu“, then select „Inputs“, „Aux In Mode“ and „Timecode“.

Then go back to the Main Menu, switch to the second page and select „Timecode“, then „TC Mode“. Select „Aux In 1“ as source and check the display again.

Now you can see the correct timecode.

There you have it – the Sound Devices MixPre-3 is correctly connected to the NanoLockit and in perfect sync with the camera.

Later in post-production, you will now have the ability to auto-conform relating clips to the timeline using any professional tool.

For more information on that subject see our other Ambient tutorials.

Additionally we strongly recommend that you check the synchronisation of your system by performing a test-run before shooting starts to avoid any issues.

NanoLockit – the small, wireless and easy2use timecode generator by Ambient.

Learn more about timecode and synchronisation in the Ambient University.

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