Zaxcom ships control surface for Deva location recorders

Zaxcom has begun shipping its Deva Mix-12, a fully digital 12-fader control surface that directly manages the audio mixer embedded within the Zaxcom Deva IV and V location recorders. Combined with either the Deva IV or V recorders, it performs all location mix and record functions. This new integration provides users with a number of benefits, including fewer I/O connections and no sample rate issues.

When paired with the Deva IV, the Deva Mix-12 features 16 inputs and 18 outputs, and 16 inputs and 20 outputs when paired with the Deva V. Its microphone pre-amps are studio quality, ensuring no coloration or distortion of the audio by transformers or other analog circuitry. Only the pre-amps and A-D and D-A converters are used for analog connections to the outside world.

Mixing is performed digitally via a floating-point DSP, ensuring no distortion or channel-to-channel differences, which can occur with traditional analog mixing consoles over time or with temperature changes. Users can remove hum and buzz with the two notch features on each channel. The Deva Mix-12 also features three-band shelving filters with level, Q, and frequency control via the Deva IV or V's graphic interface.

Other features include 12 fader strips, which provide instant access to bus routing and effects for the channel being used, and an input port that directly controls the gain of the microphone pre-amp as well as the P&G fader. An LED input meter is provided on each channel strip to augment the Deva's full-color output metering. The Deva Mix-12 also comes with a soft-knee compressor that features natural sound.

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