Amsterdam, Netherlands — Zaxcom today announced during IBC 2017 it has expanded its Digital Recording Wireless with a revolutionary handheld microphone that can operate as both a wireless transmitter and a hardwired microphone at the same time.
The new ZMT3-HH is a first-of-its-kind handheld microphone featuring a 100% digital wireless transmission, hardwired balanced mic level analog audio, internal microSD recording with timecode, a programmable function button, battery life up to 14 hours, proprietary Zaxcom technology and more, in an ergonomically tapered design built for performance and rock-solid durability.
“With the ZMT3-HH, we wanted develop a handheld microphone that delivers both wireless and hardwire audio transmission,” says Glenn Sanders, President of Zaxcom. “There’s nothing else like it out there and the ZMT3-HH provides users with more functionality and features without needing to purchase separate devices.”
ZMT3-HH is perfect for everything from professional broadcast shows and live performances to those working on seminars, weddings, internet talk shows, video blogs, gaming videos, concerts, houses of worship and more.
It’s fully digital wireless audio transmission features Zaxcom’s patented NeverClip™, which extends the dynamic range of the microphone to 128dB, eliminating the need for a compressor that distorts the natural sound quality at high volume audio levels.
For hardwired connectivity, a balanced XLR output is located on the bottom of the microphone. If for any reason a wireless transmission is not possible due to radio frequency (RF) interference or lack of available channels, the XLR output instantly becomes the fallback, allowing the ZMT3-HH to be used in any situation.
The body is constructed from machined metal with a tapered design for maximum comfort. Light and cool to the touch, the device can run for an exceptional 14 hours on a single lithium battery. Replacement is quick and easy with the twistable battery compartment located in the middle of the microphone.
The design cleverly incorporates the antenna inside the body of the unit while a rubber bumper hides the XLR connector when it’s not in use, protecting it from accidental drops.
Controls are also located on the bottom of the unit and can be locked to avert the talent from activating them during use. A programmable function button is on the side of the microphone where muting, push-to-talk or AUX channel can be assigned. On the opposing side, an OLED displays impertinent information of the device.
A patent pending Light Identification Ring identifies functions and features through color including unit ID, recording verification, modulation mode and others. The Light Identification Ring can be controlled locally or remotely through ZaxNet™, Zaxcom’s wireless 2.4 GHz network.
*The ZMT3-HH is compatible with Earthworks WL40V or any Shure 1.25″/28 thread compatible mic capsule. Microphone capsules are sold separately. Expected availability is November 2017.
*Eathrworks and Shure have no association with Zaxcom.
About Zaxcom, Inc.
Since 1986 Zaxcom, Inc. has been creating innovative audio technology for the feature film, television broadcast, live performance and post-production industries. With a focus on high quality audio products in multi-track recording, mixing and digital wireless, Zaxcom is proud to be honored with technical achievements from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Television Academy and Cinema Audio Society. Zaxcom operates its production facilities Pompton Plains, NJ and continues to set the standard for sound professionals worldwide. For more information, visit zaxcom.com.