Pompton Plains, NJ, October 27, 2016 — Audio specialist Zaxcom today announced it has been honored by the Television Academy with an Engineering Emmy® Award during the 68th Engineering Emmy Awards held at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Both Zaxcom President Glenn Sanders and Chief Engineer Howard Stark were on hand to accept the technical achievement for its innovations in digital wireless technology.
“We’re honored and humbled to be recognized as an innovator among our peers by the Television Academy,” says Glenn Sanders of Zaxcom. “It’s something you don’t expect, but it inspires us to keep developing new technology for the sound community.”
The ceremonies were hosted by Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness and are presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments that significantly improve existing methods or redefine the transmission, recording or reception of television.
Zaxcom was acknowledged as the first to create a fully digital wireless system for microphones as well as its production tool that combines wireless transmission with internal recording located on the body pack.
Before Zaxcom, wireless microphones utilized analog transmission systems to transmit audio from the actors on set to an external recording device. In 2002, Zaxcom developed and produced a completely digital wireless system for microphones and included internal recording for backup use or when radio frequency (RF) or distance issues occur.
Since, Zaxcom’s digital wireless technology has been widely accepted within the industry, used by many feature films and shows ranging from newsmagazine 60 Minutes to drama series Scorpion and this year’s Emmy winner for sound mixing for a miniseries or movie, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The Television Academy honored Zaxcom for its entire digital wireless system as a whole, highlighting many of its capabilities including: its unique audio recording file format (MARF), its ability to protect audio files during power failure or media removal, its full-range microphone audio capture using dual precisions A/D converters, its low latency digital compression and transmission, its capability to increase the number of available wireless microphone channels and its digital remote control of transmitters allowing you to adjust features like pre-amp gains.
This is second time Zaxcom has been recognized with an Engineering Emmy Award for its contribution in the advancement of television broadcasting. The first being in 2008 for the Zaxcom Deva recorder/mixer which revolutionized the process of location sound recording and set a new standard in audio recording in the digital age.
The 68th Engineering Emmy Awards are overseen by Chair Barry Zegel, senior vice president, general manager, CBS Television City, and committee members Wendy Aylsworth, Chris Cookson, Ruth Adelman, Stuart Bass, Jim DeFilippis, Dave Stump, William Powloski, Leon Silverman and Craig Weiss.
About the Television Academy
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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 Pompton Plains, NJ and continues to set the standard for sound professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.zaxcom.com.