Zaxcom's Deva was the hard-disk recorder for a significant portion of nominees being considered by the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) for awards in outstanding achievement in sound mixing in 2005; the production mixers for the films Crash, Memoirs of a Geisha, Walk the Line, and War of Worlds and episodes of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Deadwood, and 24 -- all recorded on the Deva -- are under consideration for the awards.
The Zaxcom Deva, available as the eight-track Deva IV and 10-track Deva V, offers users 24-bit multidisk, multiformat location recording with backup to DVD. The ability to background-record multiple disks throughout the day saves time in feature film and episodic television production by allowing users to record all disk copies required by post at the same time as the original recordings.
Production staffers can reference previous recordings on set, reducing potential disputes with post production facilities and providing extra copies of recorded audio in the case of lost, damaged, or stolen material. Both the Deva IV and V feature 16 channels of audio mixing and a 10-second record buffer, as well as FireWire disk recording.
Winners of the 2005 CAS awards will be announced February 25 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.