Deva on the March

Glenn Sanders was in Atlanta with the Zaxcom Deva 24 demo unit last weekend and it's looking great! Please remember that things are subject to change before release, so we'll keep you updated.

That said, here are some of the feature highlights:

  • The unit has 40 inputs - 16 analog and 24 AES.
     
  • The interface uses a more streamlined version of the Deva 5 software, but it's still very Zaxcom.  There may be a small learning curve for the new user, but it looks even easier to use then a Nomad.
     
  • RX-12-like control.   Control your Tx and Rx frequencies, settings, power roll, etc. from the Deva.  Menu and screen settings look exactly like the RX-12. 
     
  • Post Record:  Like pre record, only after you hit stop
     
  • Cue Mode: The Deva playbacks Zaxcom transmitter recordings, so you can remix a scene.  It's an improved version of a Deva 5 feature.
     
  • Track routing is extremely customizable. 
     
  • Initial shipments will not have ZaxNet enabled, since it's pending FCC approval.  When it's approved, there will be no charge for the ZaxNet board and it'll be installable by the end user or a dealer.
     
  • Dante board option
     
  • No NP battery slot.
     
  • Records to (2) CF Cards, (1) ESATA Swap Drive, and (1) Internal SSD.  The internal drive is relatively small out of the box, but upgradable up to 1 TB
     
  • The intro price for the Deva 24 is expected to be around $12,000 with an anticipated price bump sometime afterwards. 
     
  • The Mix-16 control surface will be in the  $5000-6000 range

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!

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