Wireless audio specialists Zaxcom have announced the Zaxcom ZMT3 a tiny new wireless transmitter that uses the company’s Zaxcom High Density modulation that allows up to ten channels of wireless in one MHz of spectrum space. One Mhz!
Zaxcom ZMT3: transmitter, recorder, information node
The unit is 100% digital and encrypts transmitted audio – it also makes a recording to a removeable microSD card before transmission so you get a backup before any RF interference has been able to, er, interfere with the signal. There’s a built-in timecode reader and generator, and the ZMT3 talks to other Zaxcom devices using the Zaxnet communication protocol. Zaxnet distributes remote control commands, timecode and IFB audio over a local 2.4-GHz RF network,
The real story is the size though – there’s what I believe is known as an American ‘quarter’ shown for scale next to the unit in the picture below. Isn’t it sweet?
Physical size, screen, rad video
The ZMT weighs 2.2oz (62g), features “rounded edges, machined metal and rubber gaskets” and the company suggests it runs cool so won’t get mic-wearing talent hot under the collar.
Also, buy Zaxcom products and they’ll be able to continue making rad brand videos like this one.There’s an illuminated OLED screen that displays all the unit’s pertinent information, and the ZMT3 runs on a single NP-50 style battery that looks like it actually takes up most of the inside of the unit. That does net you a claimed 5 1/2 hours of use between recharges though.
More information to come
No word on price or availability yet – we’ll be sure to catch up with Zaxcom at NAB and to try and prise some more information out of them.