Spice Up Your Zax Life

Zaxcom showed up at NAB with a whole spate of great new products expanding the capability of their existing line!

First off we have the new members of the ZMT3 family! Same tiny form factors with all the recording and ZaxNet features of the original ZMT3, but the ZMT3-Phantom Transmitter adds selectable phantom powering for a transmitter you can easily add to the shotgun end of your boom pole and the ZMT3-HM Plug-in Transmitter makes your microphone into a incredibly small handheld unit! Note: the video erroneously says that the ZMT3-Phantom and ZMT3-HM have Neverclip. Please be aware that this is not the case.


Then there's the ZFR400, Zaxcom's next generation of their Bodypack Audio Recorders! This go-round it's built into the same compact frame as the ZMT3 for their smallest version yet, It retails for $975 and will be shipping mid-May


The RX-12R Digital Wireless Rack Receiver takes everything in the RX-12 receiver box and repacks it for a wideband receiver with a full tuning range of 512 – 698 MHz and a 35 MHz tracking front end filter in a convenient 1.5 rack mount frame. It retails for $2995 and will ship early June.


And last, but certainly not least, there's the Deva 24 Recorder, which will start shipping in July, price TBA! It's got an intuitive touchscreen interface, ZaxNet integration, MixAhead, and a lot more, all in a compact frame with a detachable front panel for a super versatile set-up that was worth the wait!

Song of UltraSync

The Timecode Systems enters the field as well with the tiny UltraSync One (2.2" x 1.7" x  0.7"), equipped with time code, genlock, word clock, LCD, and RF technology to synchronize with the BLINK system!

Get (2) UltraSync Ones with a :wave time code, word clock, and genlock generator for $915 (a $650 savings) for a limited time! Sign up for a coupon code here and Timecode Systems will email it to you during the week of May 2nd, 2017.

It's expected to start shipping in late May and initial stock may be limited, so preorder today!

MixPremiere

Sound Devices has just announced two new time code recorders: the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6! They feature new Kashmir microphone preamps from Sound Devices and mixer and USB interface functions, including the ability to record and stream via USB simultaneously.

The MixPre-6 ($899) features eight tracks with four TRS/XLR combo inputs with 48V phantom power. The MixPre-3 ($649) has five tracks with three XLR inputs with 48V phantom power. Sound Devices has provided this handy comparison chart (pdf) between the two.

They're expected to begin shipping in mid-May, but initial supplies may be limited and we'll be fulfilling them first come, first served, so pre-order now!

Just Duet

Lectrosonics is introducing the Duet digital wireless monitor system! It's a deluxe rack-mounted system with Dante digital inputs and two stereo or dual mono audio carriers with extremely low latency. It can interface with Wireless Designer software via Ethernet or USB for complete system integration and quick setup.

Check out the details of the M2R receiver and M2T transmitter here! Pricing and availability is still pending - we'll update you when we know more.

Think Small

The Zaxcom ZMT3 miniature wideband transmitter is extremely lightweight and compact, measuring approximately  1.5" x 2.3" x 0.5" (about the size of a Zippo lighter) and weighing in at 2.2 oz (with battery)! 

Despite its incredibly low profile, it requires almost no compromises, sharing most of the features of its larger siblings, including built-in backup recording with time code, NeverClip, and Zaxcom High Density (ZHD) modulation. (Here's a handy ZHD transmitter comparison chart)

New to the ZMT is the capibility to output audio or time code for jamming through the mic connector, an A-D converter with a 108 dB dynamic range (~5dB wider than previous models), and a removable screw on top to allow for mounting or hanging. A standard rechargable Fuji NP-50 or compatible battery will power the unit for up to five and a half hours

The ZMT is priced at $1775 and expected to start soon, so get those pre-orders in now - initial supply will be limited and fulfillment will be first come, first served!

In the meantime, check out Glenn Sanders and Peter Schneider going super-deep on the ZMT's feature set:

A Countryman to All

Big news from Countryman Associates! The venerable B6 lavalier microphone will soon be available with a threaded connection and detachable adapter, so you can easily change the lavalier to match any wireless system!

You can get more information and preorder selected styles from our website now or check out our interview with Chris Countryman for more details:

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