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Aaton Digital

Cantar X3 Standard Package


Aaton Cantar X3 Multitrack Digital Audio Recorder with Hard Case & PSU

15,200.00 ex vat 18,240.00 inc vat


Estimated delivery 5 - 6 Weeks

Aaton Cantar X3 Standard Package

The Cantar X3 is a versatile and robust multitrack recorder, featuring twelve analog XLR inputs, eight low noise mic preamps with very high quality transformers, four analog line inputs, and multiple AES digital inputs, including 2 AES42 pairs (mode 2), 8 AES/EBU and a Dante Audinate network access, along with 48V phantom power, limiters and filters.




The X3 chassis is made of machined avionic aluminium for a waterproof and dustproof housing. The ten track mixer plate has magnetic linear assignable faders, addressable to any input or output. All inputs and mixdown can be routed to any of the tracks and all tracks and inputs can be routed to eight analog auxiliary outputs and/or digital outputs. The internal 256 Gb SSD drive (expandable SSD size) handles recording and playback, with simultaneous recording to SD cards or USB external drive.

The ultra bright large swiveling display panel is visibility optimised for shoulder or cart work. Two large rotary control selectors allow easy recording and operations in any situation and a new and improved interface menu is accessible through the buttons and the jog wheel.

The Cantar X3 comes standard with WiFi connectability and can be used with a USB keyboard. It features a XLR4 DC 10-30 volts power input and two identical on-board quick release smart batteries, insuring seamless switchover during recording.


What's Included

1 x AATON CANTAR X3, 24 Tracks Sound recorder

  • 24 Tracks Digital Audio Recorder

1 x Hard case

  • Cantar X3 carrying case

1 x AL63 power supply

  • Universal power supply with XLR-4 connector and an AC power cord



Analog Inputs 8 low noise mic preamp with very high quality transformer. 48V Phantom, limiters and filters
4 analog line inputs
Analog outputs 8 analog line level outputs
Digital inputs AES digital inputs incude 2 AES42 paris, 8 AES/EBU
32 Dante Audinate audio inputs
Digital outputs 10 AES Digital outputs
32 Dante Audinate audio outputs
Recording Media 1 x  256 SSD Drive
2 x  SD Cards
3 x  USB2 slots (Keyboard, external device...)
Connectivity 4 x Balanced Analog XLR-3Mic/Line
4 x Balanced Analog XLR-5 Mic/Line or Line Only
2 x DB25 (Balanced Analog Out / AES I/O)
2 x TA3M (AES42 Mode 2)
2 x Gigabit Ethernet (1 Audinate Dante, 1 PC Connect
1 x 6.35mm (Headphones)
1 x 3.5mm (External slate mic input)
1 x XLR4 (DC Input)
1 x Hirose 4 pins (DC Out)
1 x DVI (External Video Monitor)
1 x 26 Pin 3M (accessories, world clock I/O)
1 x BNC (Futur use)
1 x Lemo 5 (TimeCode)
Routing - All inputs can be routed to any of the tracks
- Linear control faders addressable to any inputs and output
- Linear control faders assignable to Mixdown of 10 isolated tracks to either 1 or 2 mixdown tracks
- Mixdown can be assigned to any tracks

- New improved interface menu accessible through buttons and jog wheel.
- All inputs and outputs monitoring and routing accessible through comprehensive and intuitive menus
- 16 or 24-bit Broadcast Wave File recording at sample rates from 44.1kHz~192kHz with support for pull-up/down recording rates
- Sample Rate Converters on all Digital Inputs
- Variable Delay on all analog Inputs and Outputs
- 30 Second Pre-Record Buffer
- Generous 48V Phantom supply guarantees 8mA to each of the 8 Mics inputs
- High-Pass filters before the preamp stage, LFA and EQ
- Native Monophonic BWF recording with optional Polyphonic real-time mirroring to removable media
- Self-Generated PDF and CSV Sound Reports embedded with deliverable media
- Metadata entry of Scene, Take, Notes, Track Names, Roll and more with support for US and Euro-centric metadata templates
- 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 connector
- High Precision 1ppm Timecode generator supports all common frame rates
- Remote Record and Stop triggered by external timecode
- Rec&Play: Record live audio while playing back pre-recorded files
- Enhanced Playback Monitoring with Waveform Display on front panel
- M/S Recorded Tracks automatically decoded to L/R for Mixdown and/or monitoring
- X3 reads and displays battery metadata
- Compatible with Original Cantarem and `Cantaress

Power 2 smarts Lithium Ion battery 15V-3,2Ah
or  XLR4 12 - 17V DC

Wi-fi and Bluetooth (APP based communication)

(l x h x d)

240 x 320 x 90 mm
9.4 x 12.6 x 3.5 inches

Weight With batteries 8.8 lbs, 4,01kg
Without batteries 7.8 lbs, 3.55kg


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