POMPTON PLAINS, N.J. — July 31, 2008 — Zaxcom, a pioneering provider of professional audio equipment, today announced that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present Zaxcom President Glenn Sanders and Chief Engineer Howard Stark with a 2008 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award at the Engineering Awards ceremony on Aug. 23 at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. The award recognizes Zaxcom’s accomplishments in designing the Deva on-location audio recorder/mixer.
“It is an absolute honor to receive an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Sanders. “The Academy’s recognition further highlights Zaxcom’s engineering strengths, as well as our commitment to developing premium-quality recording and mixing systems that anticipate — and exceed — the real world needs of television audio professionals.”
According to the Academy for Television Arts and Sciences, the Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards recognize developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.
Since its introduction in 1996, Zaxcom’s Deva hard-disk recorder/mixer has revolutionized the entire process of location sound recording for television, and has set the standard for how audio is recorded in the nonlinear age. The workflows that Zaxcom established have been adopted worldwide, with the Deva being the centerpiece on virtually all high-end television productions. Zaxcom’s development and refinement of the Deva included many “industry firsts” in location recording, including the “one-file-per-take” recording system, use of the Broadcast Wave Format, incorporation of metadata, the invention of the now-industry-wide concept of pre-record, and the establishment of DVD-RAM as the standard delivery media for television sound.
The Deva product family enables multidisk, multitrack, multiformat recording of up to 16 tracks on location, with automatic backup to DVD-RAM or CompactFlash®. Each Deva system provides a complete, one-package solution for audio recording, mixing and effects — including EQ, notch, filter, compressor and delay functions on each channel. As a hard drive-based system, the Deva provides fault-tolerant recording. The ability to background-record multiple disks throughout the day allows Deva users to save time in feature film and television productions by recording disk copies required for Post Production at the same time as the original recordings are created. Production staff can reference recordings immediately while still on set, reducing potential conflicts with Post while also safeguarding against lost, damaged or stolen material with automatically generated backup copies.
Learn more about the Deva and Zaxcom’s full line of audio systems at www.zaxcom.com.
# # #
About Zaxcom, Inc.
Zaxcom, Inc. designs and manufactures innovative professional audio equipment for the television and film industries. A pioneer in audio technologies for the sound mixing and ENG professionals, Zaxcom engineered the first digital wireless microphone and the first wireless microphone to feature integrated audio recording. More information about Zaxcom, Inc. is available at www.zaxcom.com.