Hey guys. I'm looking to purchase a field mixer for my video production projects. I mainly film weddings, law depositions, etc. and need a mixer badly. Does anyone have any recommendations. I was looking at the Sure FP-33 for reference. Thanks for any help guys.
If I had to buy today, it would be a Sound Devices 302.
I have their 442 mixer and have used the 302 and MixPre.
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I have both a shure FP33 and a mix pre ...like them both.
The shure has better options than the mix pre (i dont know about the 302 ) like mic level out and various mic powering options.
But the mix pre is smaller and I more than not use this mixer on simple shoots ie. 1 shotgun or 2 lavs.
3 channels would be better than 2 for weddings, this would allow 2 mic feeds and a music feed from the PA if req.
As i have said i dont know the other mixers ...but the shure FP33 is good to use......
I'm not Ty, but I just used the 302 for a PBS documentary shot in HD with the Sony HDW-900, and I can tell you it's probably the best 3 channel mixer out there! The biggest thing you'll notice between the 33 and the 302, is the meters; the 33 has very small VU meters where as the 302 has the ability to display PPM, VU or both! The meters are big and bright LED's that can have the brightness adjusted. The 302 has sooooooooooooooo many options AND has the ability to have more than two outputs!
I have owned a FP-32A and FP-33 and always hated the metering on them. They are so hard to read, and in my experence, don't hold their calibration. I currently own a Wendt 4X but, MY next mixer will be a Sound Devices.