Zaxcom Nomad Audio Mixer/Recorder
Zaxcom Nomad Audio Mixer/RecorderZaxcom Nomad Audio Mixer/RecorderZaxcom Nomad Audio Mixer/Recorder

Zaxcom Nomad Audio Mixer/Recorder

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Product Description

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Zaxcom Nomad

The Zaxcom Nomad is a complete location sound recording solution for film and television productions. Designed for over the shoulder use or even cart work, it provides all the functionality necessary to mix, record and monitor audio in a power efficient space-saving package.

Nomad seamlessly integrates with Zaxcom Digital Wireless, IFB and ERX systems to provide unique functionality. In addition to its recording capabilities ZaxNet, NeverClip™, auto-mixer, linear fader control (with Mix-8), visual timecode slate and MARF ultra high reliability file system are available through Nomad. (Features vary by model)

All mixing and monitoring functions are directly accessible from the control panel. Not only are they accessible from the control panel, but mixing functions can be stored in memory for instant access or to an external memory card.

The Nomad line offers the right combination of track count, DSP Effects, analog inputs, mix busses and digital mixing all at your finger tips for any Trew customer. A combination of compact size, light weight, low power consumption and integrated features make Nomad the perfect choice for any sound bag or cart.

Universal Features


  • 6 XLR mic/line level balanced inputs
  • 4 balanced line-level camera return or mix inputs
  • 115db dynamic range
  • External slate mic input
  • Zaxcom ultra low noise, ultra low distortion transformer-less preamps


  • 4 balanced XLR/3 dual balanced TA5 (6 bus)
  • 0dB, -10dB and -30dB selectable output levels
  • 2 mono and tape output busses
  • 2 stereo headphone output busses
  • Communications channel output


  • 6 fader integrated mixing surface
  • Floating point 32 bit DSP processing
  • 16 input x 16 output (pre-fader/ post-fader / phase inversion)
  • All digital mixing and effects processing


  • Channel Dynamics: High pass filter, 2 notch filters, Delay, Limiter, Soft knee compressor
  • Bus Dynamics: Soft knee compressor


  • 4, 6, 8 or 12 track recording on dual CompactFlash cards (model dependent)
  • Instantly removable media
  • 10 second pre-record buffer
  • MARF and FAT32 file systems
  • IXML metadata recording


  • Visual timecode slate
  • SMPTE timecode generator
  • Support for all broadcast sample and frame rates


  • Sunlight readable color LCD
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Internal battery power with auto switching battery backup
  • .CSV recording log output
  • Internal slate mic

Model Specific Features

Nomad Lite

  • 10 recording tracks on dual CF or SD card media

Nomad 10

  • 10 recording tracks on dual CF or SD card media
  • 10-Channel AES input with sample rate conversion
  • 10-Channel AES output
  • 10-Channel AES42 input with sample rate conversion
  • 10-Channel auto mixer*
  • ZaxNet IFB, timecode and wireless microphone remote control system

Nomad 12

  • Includes Nomad 6 features plus:
  • 12 recording tracks on dual CF or SD card media
  • 10-Channel auto mixer*
  • High Speed USB storage interface
  • 3 media recording capability with MP3 transcription

*Feature in beta testing. Will be available in the future.

Why Nomad?

  • Nomad is upgradeable, so your system can grow with you when the need arrises.
  • Nomad is very power efficient and gives off no heat.
  • Nomad uses Zaxcom’s MARF (Mobile Audio Recording Format) file system giving you ultimate reliability. If power is lost during your recording session there’s no file loss or memory corruption.
  • Nomad is very ergonomic with 6 XLR inputs that fit within the footprint of the mixer.
  • Nomad contains a SMPTE timecode reader/generator system that maintains time accuracy even with power off.
  • Nomads color LCD graphic user interface is the most intuitive of any small footprint mixer/recorder.
  • Nomads internal RF transceiver seamlessly integrates ZaxNet remote control, timecode and audio transmission.
  • Nomad has the most inputs outputs and monitor returns of any small footprint mixer or recorder.
  • Nomads internal AA battery pack can run Nomad for one to three hours and functions as an non-interruptible power source in the case of an unexpected external power loss.

Analog In

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
Input Range Mic-level: -56 to -26 dBu
Line-level: -10 to +8 dB
Distortion 0.0015%
ADC Bit-depth 24 Bits
ADC Dynamic Range 115 dB
Clipping Level +28 dBu
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 22 kHz (48 kHz sampling-rate)
THD + Noise 0.0015%
Slate Mic Input External balanced / unblanced with bias

Digital In - Nomad 6, 8 & 12 Only

Digital Inputs 8 (3 AES pair with SRC, 1 AES42 pair with SRC)
Connector DB-15 mini
Sample-rate Converters 4 pairs

Analog Out

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

Digital Out - Nomad 6, 8 & 12 Only

Channel Count 4 AES pairs (8 channels)
Connector DB-15 mini (DE-15)
Source Mix/Direct


Track Count 4, 6, 8 or 12 - model dependent
Bit-depth Primary: 24
Mirror(s): 16 / 24
Sample-rates (kHz) 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048
Head Room 12 to 20 dB
Format Int. Slot-1:  MARF II
Int. Slot-2:  FAT32
Ext USB. Device:  FAT32 - Nomad 8 & 12 Only
File Format Int. Slot-1:  .ZAX
Int. Slot-2:  BWF-P
Ext. Device:  BWF-P or MP3 - Nomad 8 & 12 Only
Dual Disk Recording YES
Max Pre-record Duration (seconds) 10 seconds

Data Storage

Internal 2 x CompactFlash
External - Nomad 8 & 12 Only USB 2.0 High Speed
External Media - Nomad 8 & 12 Only Flash / Hard Drive

Internal Mixer

Mixer Type 32 bit floating point DSP
Mixer Cross Point 16 input x 16 output (Pre-fader / Post-fader / Phase Inversion)
A-D / D-A Conversion size 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
Compressor Adjustments Attack, Release, Threshold, Ratio, Make-up Gain
High Pass Filter 20 Hz to 230 Hz

Timecode Reader/Generator

Timecode Type SMPTE
Connector BNC
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 - Nomad 6, 8 & 12 Only

2.4 Ghz Transmitter 50mW output power
Frequency Range 2.403 to 2.475 GHz
Modulation type Spread spectrum
Bandwidth 1MHz
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 Connector Switchraft L712
Battery Meter 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
Serial/RS-422 1 x 4-Pin USB style
Internal Slate Mic YES
Serial Port Zaxcom Proprietary
Compatible with Mix-8 YES

Download a Nomad Comparison Chart (676KB PDF)