Nomad Lite is a complete location sound recording system for video productions. Specifically designed for over the shoulder use, it provides all the functionality necessary to mix and record in a power efficient space-saving package. Nomad Lite 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. 10 recorded tracks, NeverClip, Visual timecode slate and MARF ultra high reliability file system are some of the unique features that add to the value of Nomad Lite. A combination of compact size, light weight, low power consumption and integrated features make Nomad Lite the perfect choice for any sound bag.
Nomad Lite is the simplest to use of all the Nomad mixer/recorders. All mixing and monitoring functions are directly accessible from the control panel. Nomad Lite offers the right combination of track count, DSP Effects, analog inputs, mix busses and digital mixing at an unmatched price point. Best of all Nomad Lite can be upgraded to other Nomad models as your needs change.
The Nomad Lite mixer can send three independent stereo mixes to five cameras. It will record any combination of its six output busses and the 10 analog isolated inputs for a total of up to 10 tracks. With Nomad Lite 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 Lite as small and light as possible. All of Nomad Lite’s mixing functions can be stored in memory for instant access or stored to removable memory cards.
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Nomad Lite 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 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
♦10 track recording on dual Compact Flash cards
♦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
♦ Dual stereo headphone outputs with independent monitor bus selection
♦Communication and Slate audio routing to all card tracks and output busses
♦Phase inversion on all input channels
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 buss output. All of Nomads 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. All Nomad tracks provide 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 Lite’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.
Implemented in the DSP the compressor algorithm is ultra smooth and totally consistent from channel to channel. A side-chain input is used to link compressor action. This is necessary for MS and Surround microphone recording. A Soft Knee Compressor is also included on every input for artistic effect.
Nomad Lite’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 Lite 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 Lite‘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 Lite 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 Lite’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 Lite’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 Lite Control Surface
Nomad Lite‘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.
The Nomad system
Nomad Lite is one of three Nomad models that can grow and adapt as the needs of the production sound mixer change. Other models feature IFB transmission, time-code distribution, wireless remote control, auto-mixer, USB storage and AES inputs.
The Nomad Lite 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 Lite to you and the location sound industry.
Nomad Lite 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 bias
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: 10 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
Format (primary card): MARF II
Format (mirror card): FAT32
File format (primary card): .ZAX
File format (mirror card): BWF-P
Dual disk recording: Yes
Max Pre-record duration: 10 seconds
Internal: 2 x Compact Flash
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
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
All Specifications subject to change without notice