Aaton Digital's new surface mixes it up

Aaton Digital Cantaress mixing surface
David Fox
Audio
September 28th 2017 at 11:15AM : By

The Cantaress has an extra-wide foldable display, aligned to the VU meters of the 12 assignable channel strips, giving an easy view of its controls

Aaton-Digital's has released a new audio mixing surface, the Cantaress, designed to offer anyone who loves a large mixing surface the "comfort, design and ergonomics they cherish" while using one of the Aaton-Digital Cantar recorders, including the latest CantarMini.

The Cantaress has an extra-wide foldable display, aligned to the VU meters of the 12 assignable channel strips, giving an instant view of the setup of analogue input gain, solo functionalities, mix gain and EQ for each channel. Besides the main display, two screens on the right of the faders show custom options, setup or shortcuts. An optional hand rest including the Cantar main selector duplicates the original control interface.

The new €7,600 CantarMini has six analogue inputs (four low-noise mic preamps and two line inputs), plus multiple AES digital inputs, including two AES42 pairs. All inputs can be routed to any of the 16 tracks, and all tracks and inputs can be routed to four analogue auxiliary outputs and/or digital outputs. It can simultaneously record to an internal SSD drive, two SD cards and a USB external drive.

The rugged (waterproof and dustproof) 2.8kg unit has a bright swivelling display panel, optimised for both shoulder and cart work, with a large rotary control selector and linear control faders, with two on-board quick-release smart batteries to ensure seamless switchover during recording - plus a XLR4 DC 12-17v input.