Las Vegas, NV — April 8, 2019 — Zaxcom is proud to announce Nova, a sound solution that combines a mixer, a recorder, ZaxNet™ remote control, and wireless receivers into one compact and lightweight device. By combining features of the popular Nomad and Deva 24 with two integrated wireless receivers, Nova sets a new standard in sound recording capabilities for feature film, television broadcast, live performance, and high-resolution sound effects recording.
Nova can record up to 16 channels of audio to two compact flash cards. The unit has 4 mic/line NeverClip™ inputs, 2 line-level balanced inputs, 4 external AES inputs, and 6 analog/AES output buses. 2 AES42 microphones can also connect to the AES inputs and are powered by the Nova.
The 4 channels of AES sample rate converting inputs can also connect to external wireless receivers. The 4 NeverClip™ microphone preamps have 140 dB of dynamic range eliminating the need for limiters that can distort the recorded mix track and ISO track.
Nova is also equipped with ZaxNet™ remote control which gives the ability to adjust frequency, preamp gain, and output power on Zaxcom transmitters eliminating the need to approach the talent.
Two optional module receivers can be installed inside the Nova effortlessly. All connections including antennas are made within the Nova without external cables. The QRX/MRX receivers are the same as found on the Zaxcom RX-12 and RX-12R and are interchangeable with the Nova. Each module can receive audio from up to 8 separate transmitters for up to 8 channels of wireless audio total.
The QRX/MRX receivers are fully integrated into the Nova. When a frequency is changed, both the receiver channel and the transmitters on the talent are changed at the same time. When frequency scans are initiated, all transmitters on talent are put in non-transmission mode so an accurate scan can be done. Once the scan is complete all transmitters and receivers can be assigned to clean frequencies instantly with the touch of a single button. The transmitters will automatically be enabled on the new frequency.
Full integration of Zaxcom Digital Recording Wireless with the Nova makes for a unique and powerful system. Track names from the recorder can be automatically sent to the backup recordings on the wireless transmitters for easy identification in post. As an alternative, transmitter names can automatically rename the ISO tracks of the recorder. The Nova’s transport control can automatically control the recording on the bodypack transmitters so that there is a matching file on the transmitter for each recorded file on the Nova. Timecode is automatically jammed on each recording transmitter without the need to jam with a hardwired cable.
Nova includes Zaxcom’s 35 MHz tunable tracking front-end filter for the wireless receivers. This filter allows for the rejection of interfering sources like UHF walkie-talkies. The RF distribution system is immune to intermodulation overload.
Zaxcom’s Audition and Re-record allow for instant remix and recovery of dropouts due to RF transmission interruption.
Nova’s graphical user interface is intuitive and simple. All buttons and knobs are ergonomically spaced to eliminate accidental bumping of levels due to overcrowding of buttons and switches on the front panel. An LCD paired with 6 pushbuttons provides menu navigation that can be used in adverse weather conditions.
The 5 faders are high-resolution continuous encoders with led indicators to indicate fader position and can display precise input audio level metering. The faders are user organized into 4 banks of 5 sources. Fader control, trim control, and ZaxNet™ transmitter preamp gain are all quickly accessed with the touch of a single button.
Nova uses Zaxcom’s reliable MARF recording system to keep audio safe from corruption. IFB audio transmitted is wirelessly and is encrypted. Additionally, Nova uses two power inputs for redundant operation. External power distribution is not necessary as no external hardware is needed when using the Nova.
Nova can be used with any wireless system utilizing the analog and AES external inputs. Nova will be available in Summer 2019 for $5,495. Each receiver module is optional and sold separately.
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About Zaxcom, Inc.
Since 1986 Zaxcom, Inc. has been creating innovative audio technology for the feature film, television broadcast, live performance, and post-production industries. With a focus on high-quality audio products in multi-track recording, mixing, and digital wireless, Zaxcom is proud to be honored with technical achievements from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Television Academy, and Cinema Audio Society. Zaxcom operates its production facilities in Pompton Plains, NJ, and continues to set the standard for sound professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.zaxcom.com.