A Pompton Plains, N.J. broadcast tech firm is nearly ready to expand its digital recording wireless product line with a handheld microphone that can function either as a wireless transmitter, or as a hardwired microphone. The device can also handle both tasks simultaneously.
Zaxcom is billing its newly released ZMT3-HH as 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 and an ergonomically tapered design.
Expected availability is November 2017.
“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 designed for use in professional broadcast shows and internet talk shows, video blogs, and live events. It extends the dynamic range of the microphone to 128dB, eliminating the need for a compressor.
For hardwired connectivity, a balanced XLR output is located on the bottom of the microphone. If a wireless transmission is not possible due to radio frequency (RF) interference or lack of available channels, the XLR output instantly becomes the fallback.
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.
The ZMT3-HH is compatible with Earthworks WL40V or any Shure 1.25″/28 thread compatible mic capsule.
Microphone capsules are sold separately.