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Zaxcom Deva 5.8, ZFR800

Zaxcom Deva 5.8

Zaxcom introduced the latest generation in its family of Deva hard disk recorders at NAB 2007. The new Deva 5.8 features eight integrated hardware faders, an internal DVD-RAM drive, and a Flash media slot to provide recording, mixing and effects capabilities within one lightweight package.

The Zaxcom Deva 5.8 records 10 tracks of audio directly to a compact Flash memory card or to the built-in DVD-RAM drive. The memory card slot is mounted directly on the control panel for quick and easy transfer of material from the production site to post-production staff. The touchscreen user interface provides control over channel routing and offers the ability to enter metadata without using external hardware. Additional features include EQ, notch filter, compressor and delay on each channel; the ability to mix to disk or outputs both pre- and post-fader; eight mic/line inputs with 48-volt phantom power; and support for external FireWire recording drives.

For a complete sound-cart package, the new Deva 5.8 will integrate with the Deva Mix-12, a control surface for the Diva’s internal mixer. The Mix-12 integrates with the Deva to perform all location mix and record functions.

Zaxcom expects to ship the Deva 5.8 system beginning in May 2007.

Zaxcom ZFR800

Zaxcom is also shipping the ZFR800 handheld digital recording microphone, optimized for use in radio interviews, broadcast journalism, podcasting and other voice-recording applications. The ZFR800 records up to eight hours of uncompressed audio on a removable 2GB memory card. An integrated timecode receiver allows users to jam timecode and sync multiple ZFR800 units remotely. The unit can be used with any Shure screw-on capsule.

The included ZaxConvert software lets users select the desired audio file format and resolution, such as WAV files in 16- or 24-bit resolution with a sample rate of 32, 44.1, 48 or 48.048 kHz. Alternatively, users can opt to compress the audio into MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) files, which are compressed for quick Internet-based delivery to transcription houses.

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