Never Clip Your Audio Again with These New Zaxcom Recorders

These tiny new Zaxcom recorders announced by the premium audio device manufacturer at NAB 2017 both save high-quality .wav files directly to mini SD cards, and feature the company’s NeverClip technology for safe remote recording. Read on for the full details!

Zaxcom Recorders

ZFR400 Mini Recorder. Image: Graham Sheldon

ZFR400 Mini Recorder

The smallest of all Zaxcom recorders measures only 2.2″ x 1.6″ x.55″, and is designed to be carried around by your talent while recording from a lavalier microphone directly to a micro SD card. It is compatible with ZaxNet, a wireless network that distributes TC and metadata to compatible Zaxcom devices in range. Look HERE for more information on setting up a ZaxNet.

While many shooters avoid recording unmonitored audio like the plague, the advantages of being able to record directly to this small device are numerous. For one, signal interference is no longer an issue and there is no chance of talent moving out of range from your receiver. And if you expect to be able to record wide dynamic range (from whispering to shouting levels, for example) there is no reason to fear not having a finger on the gain knob, as the Zaxcom NeverGain technology offers 128db of dynamic range, so the chance of clipping audio is much lower.


  • 128 dB of dynamic range
  • Internal microSD recording
  • Integrated IFB audio receiver
  • Up to 10h battery life
  • Weight: 2.20z with battery
  • SMPTE Hardwire Timecode Input and Output

Pricing: $975

Availability: shipping now.

ZMT-3 Phantom attached just below shotgun mic. Image Credit: Graham Sheldon

ZMT-3 Phantom Transmitter

The second of the Zaxcom recorders introduced at NAB 2017 is the ZMT-3 Phantom Transmitter which promises to be a high-quality, though expensive, wireless booming solution. This transmitter will both send audio to an external mixer and it will record backup files directly to miniSD. The chances of “cable slap” are reduced and its 2.20z weight means the end of the pole won’t become significantly heavier while booming talent. The “Phantom” in the name also refers to the devices ability to provide phantom power to condenser microphones… And it also makes it sound much cooler than the ZFR400.


  • 114 dB dynamic range
  • Selectable Phantom Power
  • Encrypted Audio
  • 5-hour battery life
  • Internal backup recording to miniSD
  • 2.20z Weight with Battery

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Is wireless booming worth the expense in exchange for freedom of movement on set? Or would you rather stick to cabled and monitored audio? Comment below!


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