The 32-bit float USB audio streaming requires Mac OS Catalina (10.15+) and an application that supports 32-bit float.
Sound Devices has announced firmware version 6.00 for all MixPre Series portable audio recorders and USB interfaces. Firmware v6.00 introduces 32-bit float USB audio streaming for the MixPre II Series.
As a result, the MixPre-3 II, MixPre-6 II, and MixPre-10 II are the only USB audio interfaces currently on the market that allow 32-bit float recording and playback on macOS.
Additionally, all current MixPre II Series models and the MixPre Series and MixPre-M Series models have received performance improvements.
Commenting on the announcement, Paul Isaacs, Director of Product Management & Design at Sound Devices, said: “With 32-bit float, you no longer need to worry about clipping during your best vocal takes or instrument solos. Any recorded moments exceeding 0 dBFS can be reduced to an acceptable level after recording in your DAW.”
Isaacs added: “The MixPre-II recorders are the first USB audio interfaces to support 32-bit float. We were the first to ship 32-bit float recording technology when we launched the MixPre-II in 2019 and we wanted to bring the same vast dynamic range and unclippable recording benefits to musicians and other content creators recording directly into a DAW.”