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At NAB: Zaxcom Debuts Nova Recording Unit

Unit combines mixer, recorder, remote control, more into one device.

Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2019)—Zaxcom has unveiled Nova, which rolls a mixer, a recorder, ZaxNet remote control and wireless receivers into one device.

Intended for feature film, television broadcast, live performance and high resolution sound effects recording, the unit can record up to 12 channels of audio to two compact flash cards. Nova has four mic/line NeverClip inputs, two line-level balanced inputs, four external AES inputs and six analog/AES output buses. A pair of AES42 microphones can also connect to the AES inputs and are powered by the Nova.

The four channels of AES sample rate converting inputs can also connect to external wireless receivers. The four NeverClip microphone preamps have 140 dB of dynamic range.

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Nova is also equipped with ZaxNet remote control which gives the ability to adjust frequency, preamp gain and output power on Zaxcom transmitters.

Two optional QRX212 dual receivers can be installed inside the Nova. All connections including antennas are made within the Nova without external cables. The QRX212 receivers are the same as found on the Zaxcom RX-12 and RX-12R, and are interchangeable with the Nova. The QRX212’s can receive audio from up to four separate transmitters in mono or stereo mode for up to eight channels of wireless audio total.

The QRX212 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 using a single button; the transmitters will automatically be enabled on the new frequency.

Nova has full integration with Zaxcom Digital Recording Wireless; track names from the recorder can be automatically sent to the backup recordings on the wireless transmitters for 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 on the wireless receivers. This filter allows for rejection of interfering sources like UHF walkie talkies. Zaxcom’s Audition and Re-record allows for instant remix and recovery of dropouts due to RF transmission interruption.

Nova’s graphical user interface is based around an LCD paired with six push buttons; the five faders are high-resolution continuous encoders with LED indicators to indicate fader position and can display input audio level metering. The faders are user organized into four banks of five sources. Fader control, trim control and ZaxNet transmitter preamp gain are all accessed via a single button.

Nova will be available Summer 2019 for $4,995. Each QRX212 receiver is optional and sold separately for $1,750.

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