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Cantar-X2
Aaton’s ergonomics applied to Digital Audio Recording gave
birth to Cantar, the Stradivarius of multi-track digital sound
recorders.
The recordist has permanent access to mechanical faders,
each devoted to only one function only: nine rotary analog
faders, plus six linear mixer sliders, no other recorder offers
such luxury. They are positioned so the operator’s hands rest
on them in a perfectly natural position, whether Cantar is on the
shoulder or the cart.
‘Cantar Sound’ has become a reference among recordists: they
have never encountered such a small machine producing such
a big sound.
Since its introduction four years ago, a continuous software
development effort brought to Cantar very sophisticated and
unique new functionalities: • AutoSlate an automatic clapstick
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detector/time stamper, • PolyRotate able to auto-shuffle multimonofiles into the polyfiles that some Avid and FCP editors require, •PDF Sound-Report a ready to print frame accurate report
stored with the audio files en route the Post-Production team,
and, last but the least, •Play&Record, a powerful system which
can record live audio while playing-back pre-recorded music, and
overdub a dialog track while the actor is still around and
in the same mood.
Accompanied by CantaRem a slim and light
eight channel remote surface (see pic.), Cantar
will be more than ever at ease on a cart with Grand Arcan,
a new Mac/PC application which remotely controls Cantar and
displays all of its recording, routing and monitoring parameters, plus
the metadata (Scene ID, take #, comments, track-names, start-TC,
duration, slate timecode, etc.), associated with each audio file.
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A machine under permanent control
(faders, sliders, actuators, selectors) are sandproof and
The Cantar interface is the easiest to use under the most
waterproof.
technically demanding conditions:
• To complement the waterproof design, all audio
• It offers the largest display surface of all portable
sockets are pointed toward Earth, the same direction that
recorders, which simultaneously shows every critical
rain falls. This concept has the subsidiary advantage that
recording parameter.
no plugs are protruding from the sides; this allows third
party designers to build very
narrow
'Made
for
Cantar'
carts!
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Unsurpassed mic
preamps
The fame of the ‘Cantar
Sound’ is based on Aaton’s
expertise with audio signal
processing. First, the five mic
inputs are equipped with the
highest quality impedance
transformers.
Second,
Aaton
developed
huge dynamic range three
stage
fiers
proprietary
to
preampli-
eliminate
cumber-
some trims Third, the powerful and smooth analog limiters
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achieve an impossible task:
Llinked to Cantar through Ethernet, Grand Arcan displays all the Cantar recording, routing and
they are almost transparent to
monitoring parameters, plus the metadata associated with each audio event.
background sounds.
• The custom designed high contrast displays remain
Built-in ‘B-Format’ stereo monitoring
viewable under bright light (sun, sand, sea, snow, storm),
Cantar is the only on-location digital recorder allowing
and at very low temperatures too.
stereo monitoring of the complete Soundfield B-Format
• The swiveling front panel always provides the best
(which includes 5.1) with no extra accessories. Thanks
viewing angle for both on cart and over the shoulder
to its on-board mixer sliders, it is easy to dynamically
work.
adjust the ‘space’ parameters: pattern, width and
• The large twelve position MainSelector eliminates
rotation.
And since the gain of the Mic/Line
diving into numerous sub-menus.
preamplifiers can be aligned
• The unique three-crown turret gives instant access to
to a half dB, and then ganged
all recording and monitoring configurations, even while
to a master fader, Cantar
wearing heavy winter gloves.
insures total control over later
• Nine rotary faders (analog inputs) plus six linear faders
B-format treatments.
(mixdown), each entirely devoted to one specific task,
Phil Vandendriessche
recording Soundfield
‘B-Format’ at Binche
Carnival / Belgium.
are faster to handle than multi-function knobs.
• An important consideration for those who work in
deserts and high seas, all of the mechanical actuators
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Shoulders
& Carts
Long recording hours
The power consumption of a portable recorder is a
potentially stressful issue on location. Cantar goes well
beyond the two hour autonomy of other machines; with
Petur Hliddal,
on «Syriana».
+45°C & sand,
in Morocco.
Li-Ion batteries, it can perform for up to sixteen hours.
Audio post compatibility
The Cantar ‘WorkDay’ file structure eliminates the
dreaded disk-partition confusion and makes the Post
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Production file handling much easier.
The mixdown
generated by the built-in mixer is treated separately from
the primary channels and can be backed-up on tracks
1&2. Full details are in ‘The Post Chain’ on at: http://www.
aaton.com/documentation/.
Stuart Wilson, in
Kenya, on
“Constant
Gardener”.
Some features worth noting
• Cantar is able to simultaneously record the same audio
files on both the internal and external hard drives.
• Save your “Cantar Configurations” in a laptop. Next
time you rent a Cantar, you can load them in the new
machine, allowing you to pick up where you previously
left off.
• No wait in powering-up Cantar up: a cold-start from ZERO
Scott Harber on
“Desperate
Housewives”
with his
‘speedrail’ cart.
power to ‘REC’ can be executed in less than five seconds.
• The track-names (actors’ name) can be entered from either
a PS2 keyboard or directly with the Cantar jog.
• While entering a ‘Differential Delay’ (up to 85 milliseconds)
between two audio sources, you can fine tune it by
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listening to the tracks in left/righ ears ‘double-solo’.
Sean Penn’s “Into
the Wild”.
Ed Tise with the
explorer cart he
designed for his
Cantar.
Nico Louw on
“10,000 BC”.
Prod: Warner
Brothers. .
Ready to print PDF Sound-Report generated by Cantar,
is automatically archived with the audio files.
To see more pictures of Cantar at work, go to:
www.aaton.com/gallery/on-location
Gunnar Arnason on
“Cold Trail”
says ‘Cantar was made
for Iceland’.
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9 analog inputs to 9 permanently
active rotary faders (no trims)
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fifteen channels
(9 analog, 6 AES)
routed to T1–T6.
6 panpots and 6 mix faders
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Mic, Line-in,
Digi-in 7/8
pairs
mixer
Xa
Xb
mix
T1–T6
circular
modulometers
T7/T8
2 linear
modulometers.
Technical features
•17 simultaneous inputs (9 Analog, 8 AES), for 8 tracks.
• Five ultra-high dynamic range, very low-noise Mic/line
T7/T8
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switchable preamplifiers totally eliminate the need for trims.
monophonic
8 tracks
BWF-M
(multi-mono)
T1 – T6
• As well as the preamp faders, all high-pass filters (-6 or
•
-12dB slope, from 30 to 180 Hz and LFA) can be ganged.
(polyphonic interleaved) backup of both primary and mix-
native tracks, and BWF-P
• Generous Phantom 48V power supply guarantees an 8mA
down tracks.
feed to each of the five mics.
• 35 sec pre-record (8 track @48kHz).
• M/S declared channels are recorded as M & S and are
• AutoSlate**, the Aaton exclusive slate detector, with time-
automatically L/R decoded for the mixdown tracks and play-
code stamp insertion on ordinary clapsticks.
back monitoring.
• Scene, take and comments entry with PS2 keyboard.
• On-board talkback mic can be routed to the left or right
• PDA remote control through Bluetooth.
channel of the line and foldback outputs.
• Firewire connection to Majax**, a ten track player with
• Outputs: 2 line-out, 2 foldback., 8 AES.
metadata tools running on Mac & PC platforms.
• Dedicated linear sliders control the mix of the 6 primary
• Easy software upgrades through internet downloaded files.
tracks to the 2 mixdown tracks.
• Optional display heaters for -30°C operation (-4°F).
• Digitization: 16-bit & 24-bit; 44.1kHz to 96.096kHz.
• Sandproof & waterproof, 3.4 kg (7.4 lbs) without battery.
• Sample-rate converters** on each AES input,
• Up to 16 hour autonomy with Aaton Li-Ion batteries.
e.g.44.1kHz and 48kHz signals resampled for 48048Hz
recording.
Cantar-X2 new features
• 80GB or or 250GB Firewire connected HDD elastically
• Play&Rec: records live audio while playing-back
(Contact Aaton for X1 to X2 upgradies)
suspended in a QuickChange craddle (64GB SSD
pre-recorded sounds; overdubs cued dialog tracks.
on option).
• WordSync: sample-rate syncing of paralleled recorders
• Drive formatting: HDDs - FAT32, DVD-RAMs - UDF1.5.
• Differential Delays: up to [email protected] on analog inputs.
• Real time mirroring on both Internal and External HDDs**
• Ethernet TCP/IP: communication with Mac & PC laptops,
• Backup on CD, DVD-RAM and DVD±R (SL & DL)**.
allowing realtime control by Grand-Arcan.
• Post-Production import and syncing at all camera frame
rates from 23.98 (A B C modes) to 30NonDrop.
** To know more about these and other Cantar capabilities,
• High precision (1ppm) timecode clock (free-run and rec-run).
see the user manual at: www.aaton.com/products/sound/
• Remote Roll** by LTC from video camera or GMT-u.
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