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Aaton Cantar X3

24 Track Portable Digital Audio recorder with embedded 10 Channel Mixer

48 Analogue and Digital Inputs

  • 8 ultra low noise analogue mic pre-amps with very high quality Lundahl transformers and 48V phantom powering.
  • 4 analogue balanced line inputs
  • 8 AES3 digital inputs
  • 2 AES42 mode 2 pairs
  • 24 Dante® audio inputs
  • Analogue and digital inputs have limiters, high pass filters, parametric EQ variable gain and digital delay
  • All line outputs have digital delay

44 Analogue and Digital Outputs

  • 8 analogue balanced line level outputs
  • 12 AES digital outputs
  • 24 Dante® audio outputs
  • 4 Recording Media
  • Record and playback to and from internal 256gb SSD
  • Simultaneous recording to internal SSD, two SD cards and USB external drive

Metering and Controls

  • Large custom swiveling display panel under protective gorilla glass: ultra bright for working in bright sunlight, fully and automatically adjustable for other light conditions
  • The display shows all the information needed during recording with media, batteries, timecode and metadata to the left and ultra clear full scale metering to the right
  • The meters expand to the number to tracks selected.  There is a choice of meter scaling and the mix can be displayed on the left of the right
  • Two large rotary control selectors for easy operations in any situation – with or without gloves
  • Eight rotary potentiometers positioned so the operator’s hands rest on them in a perfectly natural position
  • Ten channel on board linear mixer. Fully assignable à la Cantarem with ultra smooth 80mm magnetic linear faders
  • Direct access to monitoring presets with the side mounted rotary headphone selector with other set-up functions through the main selector and dedicated buttons

Power

  • Two identical on board quick release lithium smart batteries ensure seamless switchover during recording and when hot swapping.
  • Batteries are ‘intelligent’ with full monitoring of remaining capacity and run time on the display
  • XLR4 DC 10-30v input for external power when working on the cart or for an additional portable battery with selectable changeover voltage
  • DC output to power accessories

General Specifications

  • Ultra rigid housing machined from a solid billet of avionic aluminum – similar to the unibody MacBook Pro.
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Open mechanical structure with independent analogue, digital and display modules for easy maintenance and anti-obsolescence, making future upgrades possible.
  • Dimensions: 240 X 320 X 90 mm (9.4” x 12.6” x 3.5”)
  • Weight: 3,550 Kg – (4,010 Kg with two internal batteries)

Connectivity

  • 4 Balanced Analogue XLR-3 for mic/line inputs
  • 4 Balanced Analogue XLR-5 mic/line or line inputs
  • DB25 for balanced analog line outs
  • DB25 for AES3 I/O
  • 2 TA3 AES42 mode 2 inputs
  • 1 RJ45 for Dante® network
  • 1 RJ45 for ethernet connection
  • 3 USB for keyboard and other external devices
  • 1 6mm headphone jack
  • 1 3.5mm headset / external slate mic input
  • 1 XLR4 DC Input
  • 1 Hirose 4 pin DC out for accessories
  • 1 DVI for External Video Monitor
  • 1 Delta Socket for Accessories: Additional TC In/Out, Word Clock, AES Out 9, 10, 11, 12 and Tally Light 
  • 1 Lemo 5 for timecode in/out
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for app based communication

Features

  • Capable of recording 24 tracks at 24bit, 192kHz, with channel delays and eq
  • Any input can be routed to any of the tracks
  • All tracks and inputs can be routed to 8 analog auxiliary outputs and /or digital outputs
  • Both linear and rotary control faders are assignable to any input, track or output
  • The inputs are routed to iso tracks and to either 1 or 2 mix tracks.
  • Inputs can be routed directly to outputs without recording them for comms etc.
  • The mix can be assigned to any of the tracks
  • Eight rotary potentiometers for direct control of balanced mic/line inputs but can be reassigned to any other function
  • Simultaneous recording to multiple media, or backup copying of recorded tracks post-record
  • New improved interface menu accessible through buttons, jog wheel and external keyboard
  • Redesigned and improved headphone amp with improved access to headphone presets with pre and post fade monitoring of playback
  • All input setups, output monitoring and routing setups are available through comprehensive and intuitive menus and can be saved to use at a later date or on another X3
  • 16 or 24-bit Broadcast Wave File recording at sample rates from 44.1kHz~192kHz with support for pullup/down recording rates
  • Sample rate converters on all Digital Inputs
  • Variable Delay on all analogue and digital inputs and all analogue and digital outputs
  • 10 Second Pre-Record Buffer
  • Generous 48V Phantom supply guarantees 8mA to each of the 8 Mic inputs
  • High-Pass filters are applied before preamp and EQ stage
  • All inputs analogue, digital and Dante ® have parametric eq adjustment
  • Native Monophonic BWF recording with optional Polyphonic real-time mirroring to removable media
  • Self-Generated PDF and CSV Sound Reports, with ALE file embedded with deliverable media
  • Metadata entry of Scene, Take, Notes, Track Names, Roll and more with support for US and Euro-centric metadata templates, with extended track names and comments, enterable either in pre-record or during record
  • Scene/Take file naming structure
  • Aaton AutoSlate automatic slate clap detection and logging
  • Built-in slate mic with external slate mic input on 3.5mm jack with phantom power
  • High Precision 1ppm Timecode generator supports all common frame rates
  • Remote Record and Stop triggered by external timecode
  • Rec&Play / Remix: Record live audio while playing back pre-recorded files or non-destructively remix a take
  • Enhanced playback monitoring with waveform display
  • M/S Recorded Tracks automatically decoded to L/R for mixdown and/or monitoring
  • USB keyboard input for easy metadata editing, recorder setup and routing control
  • X3 reads and displays battery metadata
  • Compatible with the original Cantarem
Gallery Of Images For The Aaton Cantar X3

The all new Cantar Mini Has All The Quality Of The Cantar X3 In A Smaller Package.

10 Analogue and Digital Inputs

  • 4 ultra low noise analogue mic pre-amps with very high quality Lundahl transformers and 48V phantom powering.
  • 2 analogue balanced line input
  • 2 AES42 mode 2 pairs
  • All analogue and digital inputs have limiters, high pass filters, parametric EQ variable gain and digital delay

 

12 Analogue and Digital Outputs

  • 8 analogue balanced line level outputs
  • 4 AES digital outputs
  • All line outputs have digital delay
  • 4 Recording Media
  • Record and playback to and from internal mSATA 256 GB SSD drive
  • Simultaneous recording to internal SSD, two SD cards and USB external drive

Metering and Controls

  • Large custom swiveling display panel under protective gorilla glass: ultra bright for working in bright sunlight, fully and automatically adjustable for other light conditions
  • The display shows all the information needed during recording with media, batteries, timecode and metadata to the left and ultra clear full scale metering to the right
  • The meters expand to the number to tracks selected. There is a choice of meter scaling and the mix can be displayed on the left of the right
  • Large rotary control selector for easy operations in any situation – with or without gloves
  • Ten channel on board linear mixer. Fully assignable à la Cantarem with ultra smooth 80mm magnetic linear faders
  • Direct access to monitoring presets with push button selectors with other set-up functions through the main selector and dedicated buttons

Power

  • Two identical on board quick release lithium smart batteries ensure seamless switchover during recording and when hot swapping.
  • More than 6 hours recording time from two internal batteries
  • Batteries are ‘intelligent’ with full monitoring of remaining capacity and run time on the display
  • XLR4 DC 13-17v input for external power when working on the cart or for an additional portable battery with selectable changeover voltage
  • DC output to power accessories

General Specifications

  • Ultra rigid housing machined from a solid billet of avionic aluminum – similar to the unibody MacBook Pro.
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Open mechanical structure with independent analogue, digital and display modules for easy maintenance and anti-obsolescence, making future upgrades possible.
  • Dimensions: 259 X 234 X 90 mm – (10.2 x 9.2 x 3.5”)
  • Weight: 2.3 Kg – (2.8 Kg with two internal batteries)

Connectivity

  • 6 Balanced Analogue TA3 for mic/line inputs
  • DB15 AES42 mode 2 inputs and AES3 outputs
  • DB25 for balanced analog line outs
  • 1 RJ45 for ethernet connection
  • 2 USB for keyboard and other external devices
  • 1 6mm headphone jack
  • 1 3.5mm headset / external slate mic input
  • 1 XLR4 DC Input
  • 1 Hirose 4 pin DC out for accessories
  • 1 Lemo 5 for timecode in/out
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for app based communication

Features

  • Capable of recording 16 tracks at 24bit, 192kHz, with channel delays and eq
  • Any input can be routed to any of the tracks
  • All tracks and inputs can be routed to 8 analog auxiliary outputs and /or digital outputs
  • Linear faders are assignable to any input, track or output
  • The inputs are routed to iso tracks and to either 1 or 2 mix tracks.
  • Inputs can be routed directly to outputs without recording them for comms etc.
  • The mix can be assigned to any of the tracks
  • Simultaneous recording to multiple media, or backup copying of recorded tracks post-record
  • Interface menu accessible through buttons, jog wheel and external keyboard
  • High Quality headphone amp with access to headphone presets with pre and post fade monitoring of playback
  • All input, output, monitoring and routing setups are available through comprehensive and intuitive menus and can be saved to use at a later date or on another X3 Mini
  • 16 or 24-bit Broadcast Wave File recording at sample rates from 44.1kHz~192kHz with support for pullup/down recording rates
  • Sample rate converters on Digital Inputs
  • Variable Delay on all analogue and digital inputs and all analogue and digital outputs
  • 30 Second Pre-Record Buffer
  • Generous 48V Phantom supply guarantees 8mA to each of the 4 Mic inputs
  • High-Pass filters are applied before preamp and EQ stage
  • All inputs analogue and digital have parametric eq adjustment
  • Native Monophonic BWF recording with optional Polyphonic real-time mirroring to removable media
  • Self-Generated PDF and CSV Sound Reports, with ALE file embedded with deliverable media
  • Metadata entry of Scene, Take, Notes, Track Names, Roll and more with support for US and Euro-centric metadata templates, with extended track names and comments, enterable either in pre-record or during record
  • Scene/Take file naming structure
  • Aaton AutoSlate automatic slate clap detection and logging
  • Built-in slate mic with external slate mic input on 3.5mm jack with phantom power
  • High Precision 1ppm Timecode generator supports all commonly used frame rates
  • Remote Record and Stop triggered by external timecode
  • Enhanced playback monitoring with waveform display
  • M/S Recorded Tracks automatically decoded to L/R for mixdown and/or monitoring
  • USB keyboard input for easy metadata editing, recorder setup and routing control
  • X3 reads and displays battery metadata
Gallery Of Images For The Aaton Cantar Mini

Cantaress

Cantaress is a full size mixing panel for the Cantar X3 and Cantar Mini. Like the Cantarem 2 it is a fully assignable fader panel with 12 100mm faders but it is far more extensive. The fader spacing is wider than on the Cantarem 2 and for each fader strip there are solo buttons and rotary faders. Each channel strip can set up like a traditional mixer. The first set of rotary faders have end stops and are assigned as input trims and the assignable second set of continuous rotary faders could be used as pan pots or assigned to any other function. If you are working on narrative drama where you are likely to be panned LCR, the top set of rotary faders could be assigned to other functions such as line out levels.

Each channel strip has two square buttons, one for solo and the other for equalisation. When eq is accessed, there is a graphic display on the full-width screen with the relevant rotary fader directly below each parameter. The screen displays the PPMs and the track names in line with the channel strips and much more additional information. On the right there is a left right up down and jog control. There are 12 assignable buttons which can be digitally labelled and a dedicated headphone level. The Cantaress is powered from external DC and is connected to the Cantar via a network cable enabling faster communication than USB.

Cantarem 2

Cantarem 2 is a totally new fader panel which succeeds the original Cantarem. With 12 full throw 100mm linear faders, 12 solo buttons, 2 shift buttons and 4 assignable buttons it offers the production sound mixer many options. The magnetic faders are Aaton designed, sliding on ultra smooth rails, giving a silky linear action. The X3’s linear and rotary faders are also assignable so when using the Cantarem 2 with a Cantar X3 you have a total of 20 assignable linear faders and 8 assignable rotary faders. If you have a big dialogue day and 22 linear faders are not

enough, you could use both Cantarem and Cantarem 2 fader panels with the production sound mixer using one panel for the main characters and the other panel for an assistant mixing the minor characters – all recording onto the same X3. Assignable faders give complete flexibility. Cantarem 2 is connected to the X3 via USB. You can control mix levels conventionally or if you are recording a whisper to a scream, you could assign a linear fader to an input gain. Alternatively, you could control the level of the production feed on a line out.

CantarX3 – Full Package with Cantaress

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
Cantaress fader panel
Danté network connectivity
2 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Set of 13 ‘soft top’ coloured magnetic faders
Magnetic screen protector
Aaton modular X3 bag
Aaton rain poncho
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3 Fitted hard case for Cantaress

£17,950

CantarX3 – Full Package with Cantarem2

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
Cantarem fader panel
Danté network connectivity
4 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Set of 13 ‘soft top’ coloured magnetic faders
Magnetic screen protector
Aaton modular X3 bag
Cantarem soft pouch
Aaton rain poncho
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3

£14,850

CantarX3 – Standard Package

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
2 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3

£11,995

CantarMini – Standard Package

Includes:

Cantar Mini 16 track recorder mixer
Aaton power supply
Cantar Mini soft pouch

£5,995

Cantaress

Cantaress panel with 12 assignable linear faders, dedicated trims and full width display.

£4,950

Cantarem

Cantarem panel with 12 assignable linear faders and solos.

£1,645

Accessories

CantarX3 – Full Package with Cantaress

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
Cantaress fader panel
Danté network connectivity
4 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Set of 13 ‘soft top’ coloured magnetic faders
Magnetic screen protector
Aaton modular X3 bag
Aaton rain poncho
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3

£19,750

CantarX3 – Full Package with Cantarem2

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
Cantarem fader panel
Danté network connectivity
4 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Set of 13 ‘soft top’ coloured magnetic faders
Magnetic screen protector
Aaton modular X3 bag
Cantarem soft pouch
Aaton rain poncho
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3

£14,850

CantarX3 – Standard Package

Includes:

Cantar X3, 24 track recorder mixer
2 x Dual Li-Ion Aaton smart batteries
Aaton dual smart battery charger and PSU
Fitted Peli Storm iM 2450 for X3

£11,995

CantarMini – Standard Package

Includes:

Cantar Mini 16 track recorder mixer
Aaton power supply
Cantar Mini soft pouch

£5,995

Accessories

Media

Aaton SB IV

IPS TV at IBC 2018

IPS TV at IBC 2017

IPS TV at IBC 2016

Aaton at IBC 2015

Aaton at IBC 2014

Giant Sound Academy

Pt 1 – Clone-Remix mode

Pt 2 – Playback Prep, and Record and Playback mode – (‘Live’ Mode)

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