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Zaxcom’s 2010 NAB Preview

Company Overview:
Zaxcom, Inc. designs and manufactures innovative professional audio equipment for the television and film industries. A pioneer in audio technologies for sound mixing and ENG professionals, Zaxcom engineered the first digital wireless microphone and the first wireless microphone to feature integrated audio recording (patent pending). More information about Zaxcom, Inc. is available on the company’s Web site at www.zaxcom.com.

New Products at the 2010 NAB Show

ERX Encrypted IFB Bodypack Receivers
Now shipping, Zaxcom’s new ERX1 and ERX1TCD encrypted IFB bodypacks receive high-quality digital audio, timecode, and metadata from any IFB transmitter in the Zaxcom TRX series. Each unit’s LCD shows timecode and current scene and take metadata in real time, with a hold button for script supervisors. The ERX1TCD additionally has a built-in timecode reader/generator and output to jam digital slates continuously, preventing timecode drift between Deva/Fusion and the slate. The ERX1TCD version also can delay received audio signals to allow production staff to match various monitors precisely to the audio. The ERX1 and ERX1TCD both contain a 1-kHz frequency-adjustable notch filter to eliminate the transmission of tone from the mixing console.

ZaxNet
ZaxNet is a 2.4-GHz RF network for the distribution of remote control signals, timecode, IFB audio, and metadata for production sound. It wirelessly links Zaxcom’s Deva/Fusion, digital recording wireless systems, encrypted IFB receivers, and compatible digital slates into a single system for audio recording and metadata distribution. The ZaxNet signal is generated by Deva/Fusion and broadcast via an IFB100 on a 2.4-GHz signal. The IFB audio, timecode, metadata, and wireless remote control commands are then received by the ERX1, ERX1TCD, and TRX series digital wireless units. With ZaxNet, production teams have the ability to replay and remix audio from transmitters, creating a virtual multitrack playback and re-record system.

ZaxNet is available for download for all current Zaxcom hardware via a free software update.

QRX100 Four-Channel Camera RF Audio System
Zaxcom’s QRX100 four-channel RF audio receiver inputs four channels of audio from up to two Zaxcom stereo or mono digital transmitters to capitalize on cameras that record four or more discrete audio channels. The QRX100 will then output these received audio channels as both analog and AES digital formats, with audio quality that can only be matched by a hard-wired system. This unique interface allows broadcasters to record all channels from four-channel ENG cameras quickly and easily. The QRX100 doubles as a timecode receiver, with an optional video sync/ SMPTE timecode output and an optional integrated IFB transmitter.

Other Products on Display at the 2010 NAB Show

  • TRX992 recording wireless transceiver for boom / parabola
  • Stereo digital wireless systems
  • Deva hard-disk audio recorders
  • Fusion solid-state audio recorders
  • TRX family of digital wireless recording systems
  • ZFR audio recorders
  • Mix-8 and Mix-12 mixing control panels

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