The Zaxcom Deva and
Fusion recorders have immense mixing capability, but there are no controls
for the analog output levels. Even when using the optional Zaxcom Mix-12
control surface, only outputs 1 thru 4 have level controls.
The D6 was developed by
Remote Audio as a convenient way to individually adjust the analog output levels
of the Deva and Fusion recorders. It is a completely passive device, requiring
no power to operate. The D6 utilizes high-quality ALPS potentiometers, and
maintains a balanced signal throughout. It is housed in a rugged, powder-coated
The D6 is compatible with
the following Zaxcom recorder models: Deva IV, Deva V, Deva 5.8, Deva 16, Fusion
10 & Fusion 12, and will work with or without the Mix-8 or Mix-12 control panels
connected. On models with eight channels of analog output (Deva 16 & Fusion 12),
channels seven and eight are passed-through the D6 unaffected. With the knobs
turned fully clockwise, no attenuation occurs (there is no insertion loss when
using the D6). Various dB attenuation points are shown around each knob for
Connecting the D6
The D6 mounts to the Deva/Fusion
via a right-angle male DB25 connector. Two thumbscrews are provided to create a
secure connection. A breakout cable is then connected to the D6 via the female
DB25. That cable typically has six or eight male XLR connectors, depending on
the model of recorder.
Using the D6
The D6 is useful in the
following examples typically found on the film/video production set:
Control the volume and
fade out music tracks to a loudspeaker system, without affecting the input
level of the recorder.
Control the headphone
volume to a boom operator.
Control the audio
level to the video assist equipment.
Volume control to
actors' ear wigs.