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Sound Devices Upgrades USBPre

New electronics support field preamp

Sound Devices makes equipment popular for remote location recording work, especially for the film, video and TV markets. Some of its products have filtered to other markets.

Among those products was the USBPre, one of the earliest USB preamps/interfaces available.

Now the USBPre has been upgraded to the USBPre 2.

It retains the form-factor and most features of the earlier version but has undergone an internal electronics redesign. It is still a two-channel USB preamp with 48 V phantom power.

It can handle a number of inputs including consumer, S/PDIF, TOSLink along with professional XLR. A high-pass filter, limiter and 15 dB are features for the mic inputs.

Onboard conversion is 24-bit and up to 192 kHz. It is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac computers.

A tricolor LED meter, headphone controls are on the front panel. The case is aluminum.