$30 DIY: Portable Console for Sound Devices MixPre-D

Here is a DIY project for holding a Sound Devices MixPre-D  and an audio recorder. Not only does it provide a solid way to mount equipment, it also helps protect your gear and can easily be adapted to hold any audio gear. The console will sit on any flat surface but can easily be mounted to any tripod.

TIP:  This type of DIY console could be used with many audio devices.



The total cost should be under $30USD.  You may want to use your favorite quick release plate to attach the console to a tripod. Oddly enough, this is less than one third the cost of Sound Devices XL-CAM Camera Mount Bracket  .  This bracket is designed for mounting a camera directly to the top of the MixPre-D; not a good option for audio mixers or recorders. Besides, I like my dual system sound to be away from the camera most of the time.

B&H Photo - Sound Devices Camera Mount


Tripod Mount Option

I prefer to mount the console on a tripod unless I’m recording on a table.

Console mounted to tripodDifficulty of build

Anyone with a drill and a 1/4″ bit could easily build this console.

Features / Parts List

  • Small cutting board (with carrying handle slot)
  • 1/4″ bolts and nuts
  • Two pieces of rubber radiator hose
  • Five 1/4″ rubber legs (isolation for sound)
  • Small magic arm from eBay
  • For attaching to a tripod, an aluminum plate with both 1/4″ and 3/8″  thread is attached to the base of the cutting board. You could also use any quick release plate here.

Equipment Shown

Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder 


Note: Part of an old iPhone OtterBox case wraps the Sony recorder to provide extra protection. 
Sound Devices MixPre-D Compact Field Mixer



$30 Audio Walker: DIY mobile solution for audio gear

This is my DIY project to hold audio gear. Anyone that has a drill and a few bolts can complete this project. Level of Difficulty:  2/10

I’ve tried a lot of DIY solutions to hold audio equipment (B&D WorkMate, small folding tables and even small step ladders).  They all fell short of my needs. Despite looking a bit odd, the Audio Walker works well.
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