Deva Hard Disk Audio Recorders

Deva 16

Deva 16 Hard Disk Audio Recorder

The Zaxcom Deva is a portable hard disk recorder for film and television production.  With 8 hardware faders, a built-in hard drive, DVD-RAM drive and Flash memory slot, the Deva is a complete solution for recording, mixing and effects in one package.

The Deva comes in two different models:
Deva 5.8 is a 10-track recorder / 16-channel mixer.  This unit has 8 mic or line-level analog inputs and 6 analog outputs.
Deva 16 is a 16-track recorder / 16 channel mixer.  This unit has 8 mic or line level plus an additional 4 line level only analog inputs and 8 analog outputs.

Deva Features:

  • 10-track (Deva 5.8) or 16-track (Deva 16) recording on built-in hard disk, DVD-RAM or Flash Media
  • 8 hardware faders
  • 8 analog mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power
  • 4 additional analog line-level inputs (Deva 16 only)
  • 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 using the Deva touchscreen
  • Intuitive integrated color touchscreen interface

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.

The Deva 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 touchscreen makes 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.

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.  Timecode is automatically recalculated to assure sub-frame accuracy.

Deva offers direct Avid™ and ProTools™ compatibility, saving a tremendous amount of time loading files in Post Production.

Scene, take, note and roll number metadata can be entered using the color touchscreen 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 insure Post gets the correct info for each take.  Circle takes and false starts can be quickly noted with dedicated hardware keys.

An 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 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.

Each of 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.

Deva Specifications:

Hardware Based Properties

Analog Inputs

Deva 5.8: 8 Mic/Line
Deva 16: 8 Mic/Line and an additional 4 Line-Level
Connectors: XLR-3F
Mic Level Input Range: -56 to -26 dBu
Line Level Input Range: -10 to +8 dB
Mic Power (on Mic Input Only): 48 VDC Phantom
Mic Level Impedance: 1 kΩ
Line Level Impedance: 7 kΩ
ADC Bit-Depth: 24 Bits
ADC Dynamic Range: 120 dB
Clipping Level: +28 dBu
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz (48 kHz sampling-rate)
THD + Noise: 0.001%
Trim Range: -20 to +30 dB

Digital Inputs

Deva 5.8/16: 8 Channels in 4 AES pairs
Connector: DB-15 mini
Sample-Rate Converters: 4 pairs

Analog Outputs

Deva 5.8 6
Deva 16: 8
Connector: DB-25 w/ XLR breakout
Output Level: 0 dBu @ -20 dBFS
Clipping Level: +20 dBu
DAC Bit-depth: 24 Bits

Digital Outputs

Deva 5.8/16: 8 (4 AES Balanced Pairs)
Connector: DB-15 mini

Output Common Items

Source: Mix/Direct

Headphone Output

Connector: 1 x 1/4″ stereo jack
Impedance: 100Ω (optimal)

Other Connectors

External Data: 1 x FireWire 400 (6 wire connector)
External Storage Power: 15 Watts
Keyboard: 1 x USB, Type A socket (for recommended keyboards)
Wordclock Output: 1 x BNC-F
Serial/RS-422: 1 x DB-9
Timecode: 1 x LEMO-5F
External Power: 1 x XLR-4M
Camera Audio: 1 x Hirose-10F

Recording / Data Storage

Deva 5.8 Track Count: 10
Deva 16 Track Count: 16
Internal: Hard Drive, Internal DVD-RAM drive and Compact Flash
External: Disk interface: IEEE 1394 Firewire port w/host mode control (supports many DVD-RAM and external hard drives)
Firewire Host Power: 15 Watts
Max Pre-Record Duration: 10 seconds (48.048 and below)

Recording File FormatsInternal Slot 1: Mobile Audio RecordingFormat (MARF) II
Internal Slot 2 / External: FAT32 writing Broadcast Wav mono or poly
File Resolution: 24 bit or 16 bit selectable
Sample Rates: 44100, 47952, 48000, 48048,88200, 96000, 96096, 192kHz*Timcode Reader/Generator
Clock Accuracy: 1.54 PPM (1 frame out in 6 hours)
Timecode Type: SMPTE
Timecode Frame-Rates: 44100, 47952, 48000, 48048,88200, 96000, 96096, 192kHz*Power
Internal: NP-1, 12 to 18 VDC
External: 10 to 18 VDC @ 1 amp
Consumption: 10.8 WMisc.Internal Slate Mic: Yes
Compatible with Mix-8 / Mix-12


Size (H x W x D) while looking at screen: 3.2″ x 10.6″ x 7.7″
Weight: 7.4 lbs Without Battery

Software / Effects Properties

Internal Mixer

Mixer Cross Points: 16 in / 16 out (pre-fader, post-fader, phase inversion)
DSP Bit-depth: 32 Bits, floating point


Input Compressor: ( A x 8, D x 8 )
Type: Soft Knee
Attack: 1 to 100 ms
Decay: 50 to 1000 ms
Threshold: -60.0 to 0.0 dB
Ratio: 1.0:1 to 20.0:1
Make-up Gain: 0.0 to 20.0 dB

Input Band Filter: ( A x 8, D x 8 )
Band: 3 Filters Per Channel
Types: Low Shelf, High Shelf, Peaking
Level: –24.0 to +24.0 dB
Freq. Range: 30 Hz to 20 kHz
Q: 0.5 to 9.9

Input Notch Filter: ( A x 8, D x 8 )
Band: 2 Filters Per Channel
Level: –24.0 to +24.0 dB
Freq. Range: 30 Hz to 20 kHz
Q: 0.5 to 9.9
Disk Limiter: (x 12)
Attack: 0.1 to 100.0 ms
Decay: 10 to 1000 ms
Threshold: –20.0 to 0.0 dB
Ratio: 4.0:1 to 20.0:1
Make-up Gain: 0.0 to 6.0 dB

Input Highpass Filter: ( A x 8, D x 8 )
Freq. Range: Off or 30 – 240 Hz

Input Delay: ( A x 8, D x 8 )
0 – 60 ms

*192kHz, 8-tracks maximum with no effects

All Specifications subject to change without notice