Zaxcom Announces The Deva 5.8 Portable Hard Disk Recorder

Zaxcom has announced the Deva 5.8, a high-quality, 24bit / 192 kHz, ten track hard disk audio recorder targeted at film and television production, but also can be used for location recording. With 8 hardware faders and built in hard drive, DVD-RAM and Flash memory slot, the Deva 5.8 is a complete solution of recording, mixing and effects in one package. The Deva 5.8 is small and light enough to be comfortable in over the shoulder applications. The display, controls and 8 hardware faders are mounted on the top of the unit making over the shoulder and cart use convenient.

The color touch screen makes the Deva the most intuitive and powerful recorder available. It is the most intuitive and flexible method to control a location recorder. Large high-resolution color meters provide a precise indication of recording levels not available on any other recorder. Fault tolerant multi-disk recording with automatic file recovery ensures that you deliver every bit of recorded audio even up to the point of an unexpected power failure. As an extra precaution, power switches automatically from external to internal in the case of external power loss.

The Deva 5.8 has three internal recording mediums ensuring you can always have a copy of your recorded audio on set allowing production to instantly reference previous recordings. Disputes with post regarding recording issues can be immediately cleared up and extra copies of recorded audio can be produced in the case of lost, damaged or stolen material.

• 10 track recording on built-in hard disk, DVD-RAM or flash media
• 8 hardware faders
• 8 Analog mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power
• 8 Digital inputs
• 8 digital direct outputs
• Built-in 16 channel mixer
• EQ, notch filter, compressor and delay on each channel
• Mix to disk or outputs pre or post fader
• Record to external firewire drive w/no additional computers
• Full metadata entry directly on Deva
• Intuitive integrated color touch screen interface

With pre-record you’ll never miss the start of a take; it allows for up to 10 seconds of audio to be recorded before the record button is pressed. Time code is automatically recalculated to assure sub frame accuracy. Scene, Take, Note and roll number metadata can be entered into the Deva using the color touch screen display, the Deva Mix-12 or an external PS2 keyboard. This data becomes part of the file and is automatically imported into the Avid post production system. All metadata is easily edited on the Deva to assure post gets the correct info for each take.

Infinitely flexible internal 16 input and 20 bus digital mixer is a must for surround recording. Analog input limiters provide protection against harsh digital clipping. Each channel on the Deva 5.8 is equipped with EQ, notch filter, compressor and delay.

The Deva incorporates the necessary phase coherent digital mixing and fader master capability to successfully record surround in the field. 3D sound reproduction is very dependent on time, phase and amplitude. A surround microphone and the Deva is all that is necessary to capture the audio world in 3D. Flexible headphone monitoring including M-S matrix, numerous factory presets, personal presets and a Soundfield Decoder let you listen to what you need to hear. The 8 digital outputs can be individually switched between output bus configuration and direct digital out. The direct digital outputs allow input channels to be seamlessly routed to feed external backup recorders.

Pricing and availability have not been announced. More information on the Deva 5.8.

Author: FutureMusic

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