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Upgrade Available to All Users, Enables Simultaneous Dual Disk Recording


POMPTON PLAINS, N.J. -- Dec. 19, 2007 -- Zaxcom, a pioneering provider of professional audio equipment for the television and film industries, today announced that it has released an upgrade of the software package that supports the company‘s popular Deva family of multitrack recorders. The latest software version is designed for use with the company‘s Deva IV, Deva V, and Deva 5.8 systems.


Deva Software 4.0 includes the capability for simultaneous multi-disk recording and background disk copying. This new background copy feature -- unique to Zaxcom -- allows sound professionals to copy audio files to a common delivery media such as DVD-RAM while a live recording is in progress.


The new software also includes a full effects package, including three-band EQ, two notch filters per channel, and a soft knee compressor and delay. No PCs or external equipment are required to control the Deva or its functions. All features of Deva Software 4.0 are accessible directly through the Deva‘s color touch screen display.


“Version 4.0 of our Deva Software will help our customers to be more responsive and productive than ever before. Our background copy feature in particular will help to bridge production workflows and ease the transition between recording and post-processing. Now, production staff can burn yesterday‘s audio files to DVD for post even while live recording continues,” said Glenn Sanders, president of Zaxcom.


The latest in Zaxcom‘s Deva family, Deva 5.8, is now shipping with AES sample rate converting inputs. With this feature, any sample rate from 32 KHz to 192 KHz can connect to the Deva without need for synchronization to the internal clock. This new feature removes the need to reference external devices and eliminates time code drift.


Deva 5.8 is the most flexible and cost-effective multitrack recorder on the market, and is frequently used to record high-end motion picture and television programming. With 10-track recording, eight mic/line inputs with 48-V phantom power, an eight-channel AES input with sample rate conversion, and 10 channel meters, Deva 5.8 provides a robust feature set. The Deva microphone preamps offer the lowest noise and distortion of any multitrack hard disk recorder. The Deva operates with a proprietary internal operating system that provides significant benefits over other hard-disk recorders that are based on “off the shelf” operating systems. This includes the ability to recover audio files recorded to the hard disk, even if power is lost during recording.


All Deva systems are now shipping with the new software, and upgrades are available to those customers who are already using Deva IV, V, or 5.8 systems. To download the software, visit www.zaxcom.com/software_updates.htm. Learn more about this product and Zaxcom‘s full line of wireless audio systems at www.zaxcom.com.


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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.

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