Nomad 12 is a complete location sound recording system for video productions. It provides all the functionality necessary to mix and record in a power efficient space-saving package. Nomad 12 has a complete set of DSP effects to give you the tools to not just mix and capture tracks but to provide a level of quality not possible with analog based mixing. 12 recorded tracks, ZaxNet, NeverClip™, auto-mixer, linear fader control (with Mix-8), visual timecode slate and MARF ultra high reliability file system are some of the unique features that add to the value of Nomad 12. A combination of compact size, light weight, low power consumption and integrated features make Nomad 12 the perfect choice for any sound bag or cart.
All mixing and monitoring functions are directly accessible from the control panel. Nomad 12 offers the right combination of track count, DSP Effects, analog inputs, mix busses and digital mixing at an unmatched price point.
The Nomad 12 mixer can send three independent stereo mixes to five cameras. It will record 12 tracks from its internal mix busses. All 10 analog inputs are instantly available for control via the six rotary faders and the menu encoder. This eliminates the need for external add on fader hardware keeping Nomad 12 as small and light as possible. All of the mixing functions can be stored in memory for instant access or stored to an external memory card.
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Nomad 12 Features
♦11 analog inputs including external slate mic
♦6 ultra low noise, ultra low distortion transformer-less XLR mic/line inputs
♦ Mic input 137dB dynamic range with Neverclip TM (patent pending)
♦4 Balanced line level input/monitor return inputs
♦4 pair AES3 digital inputs with sample rate conversion (SRC)
♦1 AES42 digital input with SRC (uses 1 AES3 input)
♦4 balanced XLR / 3 dual balanced TA5 (6 bus)
♦0db, -10dB and -35dB selectable output levels
♦Mono and tape output busses
♦3 pair AES3 bus outputs
♦2 independent stereo headphone output busses
♦Constant system delay and phase
♦All digital mixing and effects processing
♦6 hardware + 4 virtual fader integrated mixing surface
♦32 bit floating point DSP processing
♦10 input x 6 output bus (pre-fader / post-fader / phase inversion)
Channel Dynamic Effects
♦Analog and digital domain variable frequency High pass filter
♦2 notch filters per channel
♦Independently adjustable Input Delay
♦Soft Knee Compressor/Limiter with look-ahead and side chain
♦Phase inversion (All channels)
Bus Dynamic Effects
♦Soft knee compressor/limiter
♦12 track recording on dual Compact Flash cards
♦ USB file recording to flash drive or hard disk
♦10 second pre-record buffer
♦MARF and FAT32 file systems
♦Recording sample rate of up to 96 kHz
♦IXML metadata recording
♦Visual timecode slate (Patent Pending)
♦SMPTE timecode reader / generator with BNC camera connections
♦High stability low drift time base
♦Support for all broadcast sample and frame rates
♦Sunlight readable color LCD
♦Intuitive user interface
♦Internal battery power with auto switching battery backup
♦.CSV sound report generation
♦Internal slate mic / External slate mic input
♦ Compatible with Mix-8 control surface
♦Dual stereo headphone outputs with independent monitor bu selection
♦Communication and Slate audio routing to all card tracks and output busses
♦Phase inversion on all input channels
♦USB keyboard support
Size and Weight
♦Height=7” Length=9.9” Width=2”
♦Weight 3.8 Lbs
The Digital Mixing Advantage
Nomad’s digital mixing engine provides zero distortion, zero noise, and far greater dynamic range than is possible with an analog mixing solution. Nomads digital mixer always provides a phase and time coherent audio path for every analog input to each output.
The mixer has a special feature that ensures that the headphone monitor is always a true reflection of the Nomad output busses and recording tracks. If any bus is over-driven the headphone will always correctly mirror the condition no matter the volume of the headphone or the output level of the bus output. All of Nomad’s DSP based mixing functions are cross faded. This eliminates the clicks and pops common to hardware control of analog mixers.
NeverClip™ (Patent Pending)
A sound recording engineer is always judged by the quality of the recorded mix tracks. The tracks must be as high dynamic range as possible without clipping. Often tracks do not have enough level or contain a high degree of limiter distortion.
NeverClip features a dual A-D converter design that extends the dynamic range of the Nomad input to an unmatched 137 dB. NeverClip eliminates the need for hard input limiters that can distort the track before it can be mixed. This provides a better dynamic range and lower distortion than is possible with analog mixers. With NeverClip, input trim adjustment pots are not needed during a live production and audio can be recorded at a higher level to ease post-production.
Soft Knee Compressor
Nomad 12’s Soft Knee Compressors with look-ahead processing capability and fully user adjustable parameters allow for precise control of output and recorded track levels. Use just the right amount of compression required to keep the audio tracks sounding natural while limiting them to the desired dynamic range.The 32 bit DSP compressor algorithm is ultra smooth and totally consistent from channel to channel. A side-chain input is used to link compressor action when appropriate. This is necessary for MS and Surround microphone recording. A Soft Knee Compressor is also included on every input for artistic effect.
The Nomad 12 contains an integrated Zaxnet radio frequency transceiver. This ground breaking feature integrates 4 main functions into Nomad. Via Zaxnet, an IFB audio channel is transmitted to multiple Zaxcom ERX2TCD audio monitor receivers. Personal audio delay capability is included to keep picture and sound monitoring in perfect sync for all on-set clients. Digital IFB audio quality and the ability to instantly route the source from any combination of 16 busses will make the Zaxnet IFB system a standout for both production sound mixers and their clients.Zaxnet simultaneously distributes SMPTE time code and audio to ERX2TCD receivers. When the ERX2TCD receiver is connected to camera there is no need to manually jam time code. All Zaxnet time code is free from timing errors and drift. This feature eliminates the need for separate TC sync boxes and separate RF time code transmission systems.Zaxcom’s wireless microphones are directly controlled from the Nomad 12 via Zaxnet transmission. Audio gain, wireless frequency, RF power level and transmitter recording control are all seamlessly integrated into the system.
IFB monitoring from camera mounted receivers is integrated directly into the headphone monitor system. When utilized with the Zaxcom QRX100 (with IFB option) allows for direct wireless monitoring of confidence audio from up to 6 cameras.
A 10 channel auto-mixer will aid in the mixing of unscripted dialog. Control of 10 channels of audio under any circumstance is a daunting task. The auto-mixer provides a constant noise floor to make a seamless automatic mix.
Nomad 12’s input delay feature is key to turning in tracks that are properly timed. Only the sound mixer on location knows the proper delay on each microphone input due to microphone position and inherent delay of wireless microphones vs hard wired microphones. Proper use of the input delay feature can eliminate comb filter effects common to multiple channels that mix together with the same audio content. The Nomad always maintains its audio outputs and recorded tracks in a perfect phase and time relationship eliminating mixing problems in post.
Each input channel has 2 adjustable Notch filters. This powerful tool when activated can eliminate AC power hum, lighting noise and other unwanted sounds before they can find their way to the client. The filters are very narrow and do not effect the quality of the recorder audio. Notch filters can often make an unusable track usable.
Integrated timecode slate (Patent Pending)
Nomad 12 has a time code slate feature that can eliminate the need for external time code slates. Just press the time code button and large time code display characters are instantly displayed on the LCD display in the correct orientation to be photographed by the video camera. A beep tone is inserted into the designated audio tracks when the slate function is activated. The integrated time code slate is all that is needed for post to verify sync between picture and sound. Because the slate is generated directly from the Nomad’s timecode generator there is never any timing error between the two.
The headphone output can drive any headphone with a powerful ultra low-noise output. The headphone is specially designed to always reflect the distortion of any output or recorded track. The Nomad 12′s headphone monitoring system provides 12 user definable configurations. Any combination of output busses, record tracks and camera returns can be monitored and identified with user defined labels. A second headphone output with independent routing is also provided.
Com and Slate
The “Com” and “Slate” communication channels are used to control the internal or external slate microphone input. Each of the two functions are independently routable to each card track and bus output. The external mic input is compatible with both powered and dynamic microphones.
Surround and MS Recording
The six hardware faders can be routed to any or all of the six mic/line inputs. This makes Nomad 12 the perfect choice for recording of surround microphones where precise gain control of multiple channels is required often by a single rotary fader. When multiple channels are set up for multi channel microphones the Nomad 12’s soft knee compressors will be linked via a side chain. This keeps the gain equal on all channels even when one of the microphone inputs is in compression. This keeps all audio channels in their proper gain and phase relationships. Since all of Nomad 12’s processing is in the digital domain the compressors will always act with exactly the same gain reduction and timing parameters. This yields results not possible with analog mixers with hard limiters.
Nomad uses Zaxcom’s MARF (Mobile Audio Recording Format) file system. The MARF system is the most reliable way to record audio files with battery powered hardware. If power is lost during your recording session there is never any audio loss or memory corruption. Open files are properly closed and recording can continue when power is restored. Media directories are written only when needed therefore MARF dramatically increases the reliability of the recordings over FAT32 file systems. MARF is directly compatible with PC and MAC for file transfer when using the free ZaxConvert utility.
Nomad 12 Control Surface
Nomad 12′s control surfaces improves on the pots and switches used on analog mixers. With NeverClip, input trim controls are no longer needed to control input levels during a live mix and are not present on the control surface. The PFL function remembers the last state of the PFL mix so any combination of channels can be monitored pre-fader with the push of a single button. Bus routing to the 6 output busses is instantly viewed and controlled via the home screen. This replaces the multiple push pots and routing menus necessary to do the same job on hardware/software based mixers. All settings can be stored and recalled for instant and total configuration of the Nomad. The control surface of Nomad is an intuitive space-saving open design that is in step with the technology it controls.
Mix-8 Linear Fader Control Surface
Nomad 12 supports control from Zaxcom linear fader control surfaces. At home in either the sound bag or on the sound cart, Nomad’s value is enhanced by its flexible use on any production sound job. With Mix-8 compatibility Nomad 12 is a perfect backup recorder for the Deva or Fusion. (Mix-12 has limited support, you can utilize it’s faders, input trim and input meters)
The Nomad system
The Nomad 12 is a cost effective and time tested solution. Just as analog recording is no longer used in location sound, analog mixing will be phased out due to its inherent shortcomings relative to all digital mixing and effects processing. Nomad’s digital design is key to its future value and longevity in the market place. We at Zaxcom are proud to bring Nomad 12 to you and the location sound industry.
Nomad 12 Specifications
Analog inputs: 6 Mic/line-level with 48V phantom power
4 line-level (camera return or mix inputs)
Connector: 6 x XLR-3F & 2 x TA5
Mic level input range: -56 to -26 dBu
Line level input range: -10 to +8 dB
ADC bit-depth: 24 bits
ADC dynamic range: 125 dB
Clipping level: +28 dBu
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 22 kHz (38 kHz sampling-rate)
THD + noise: 0.0015%
Slate mic input: External balanced / unbalanced with biasDigital In
Digital Inputs: 8 (3 AES pair with SRC, 1 AES42 pair with SRC)
Connector: DB-15 mini
Sample-rate converters: 4 pairs
Analog outputs: 4 Balanced XLR, 0dBu, -10dBu and -30dBu
3 Balanced TA5 (6 bus) 0dBu, -10dBu and -30dBu
Tape/mono output: 2 unbalanced 3.5mm, 0dBu, -10dBu and -30dBu
Headphone 1: 1/4 inch stereo bus
Headphone 2: 3.5mm stereo bus
Output level: 0 dBu @ -20 dBFS
Clipping level: +20 dBu
DAC Bit-depth: 24 Bits
DAC Dynamic Range: 115dB
Impedance: 30 ohm
Channel count: 3 AES pairs (6 channels)
Connector: DB-15 mini (DE-15)
Track count: 12 tracks
Bit-depth (primary card): 24 bits
Bit-depth (mirror card): 16 / 24 bits
Sample rates (kHz): 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 96
Head room: 12 to 20 dB
Primary Card Format: MARF II / .ZAX
Mirror Card Format: FAT32 / BWF-P
External Device Format: FAT32 / BWF-P or MP3
Dual disk recording: Yes
Max Pre-record duration: 10 seconds
Internal: 2 x Compact Flash
External: USB 2.0 High Speed
Mixer Type: 32 bit floating point DSP
Mixer Cross Point: 10 input x 6 output (Pre-fader / Post-fader / Phase Inversion)
A-D / D-A resolution: 24 bit
Head room: Selectable 12 to 20 dB
Delay: 0 to 60 mS in .1mS steps
Notch filter: 2 band, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range adjustable
Compressor type: soft knee with side chain
High Pass Filter: 20 Hz to 230 Hz
Timecode type: SMPTE
Input Voltage: 1-4VPP
Output Voltage: 2VPP
Clock Accuracy: 1.54 PPM (1 frame out in 6 hours)
Timecode Frame-rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97NDF, 29.97DF, 30NDF, 30DF
ZaxNet RF Interface
2.4 Ghz Transmitter: 50mW output power
Frequency Range: 2.403 to 2.475 GHz
Modulation Type: Spread Spectrum
Connector: SMA female
Internal: 6AA 7-9 VDC, 1-3 hours of usage (NiMh)
External: 10 to 18 VDC
External Power: 8 to 18 VDC @ 300mA
Power Connecter: Hirose
Battery Meter: Yes, on LCD display
Size (H x W x D) while looking at screen: 2.0″ x 9.9″ x 7.0″
Weight: 3.8 pounds with internal batteries
Display: Full color sunlight readable LCD
Meters: Output / Input / Card
Slate Mic: Internal / External
Serial/RS-422: 1 x 4-Pin USB style
Serial Port: Zaxcom Proprietary
Compatible with Mix-8: Yes
USB Keyboard support: Yes
All Specifications subject to change without notice