The ARES-C is a 16 bit solid state audio recorder/player using PC FLASH Memory Cards (PCMCIA) as its storage medium.
The information is stored using the MPEG-2 (Mono or Stereo), G722, u-law, A-law compression standards and can be optionally equipped with either an on-board ISDN CODEC allowing direct connection to the ISDN network, or a fully featured SMPTE/EBU time code synchronizer. Recorded material can be internally edited and copied between cards with an easy to use, non-destructive editor which is a standard feature. Weighing less than 6 1/2 lbs., the ARES-C packs a powerhouse of features into a small package. With no moving parts, this solid state recorder is impervious to shock and vibration. And with all these advantages, it is still a NAGRA with proven reliability even in the harshest environmental extremes.
The front panel, metallic chassis, and features of the ARES-C were all designed using the experience of previous NAGRA recorders. This renders the ARES-C easy to operate and assures performance in temperatures from -5 degrees to +140 degrees Fahrenheit. It is powered by standard "D" cells, available worldwide, or rechargeable Ni-Cd sticks. Continuous operation is assured with the available AC charger, Still, 8 hours of operation can be obtained from batteries alone. Equipped with switchable phantom powered microphone pre-amplifiers, built-in monitoring speaker and headphone amplifier and programmable Automatic Level Control, the ARES-C bears a resemblance to its NAGRA predecessors.
Two auxiliary inputs, which can be mixed together with microphone inputs, as well as an input for signals treated with external noise reduction are available through the EXTENSION connection. Also available on this connector is the input for external clock sources. Two balanced line level outputs, one AES digital output and even a 600 ohm transformer coupled bi-directional telephone connection are standard on the ARES-C.
Designed as an over-the-shoulder recorder, all control and monitoring of input and output levels, operating modes and even menu function programming is available from the front panel. A set of software menus allows a simple configuration of the machine for all modes of operation providing flexibility to adapt to any situation. Four templates are available to store and instantly recall setups making field operation simple for even occasional users.
- The ARES-C uses 16 bit delta sigma AD/DA conversion to digital data which is stored on either of two available PC FLASH Ram cards. This dual card approach provides for a seamless transition from card to card during recording for essentially unlimited recording time. Files can be copied between cards at high speed via the special copy function. Sampling frequencies are selectable from 16, 24, 32 or 48 kHz. Data compression rates are selectable between 64, 128 and 192 kbs using G711, G722 or broadcast quality MPEG II providing full 20 kHz bandwidth even in MPEG stereo. Individual card sizes are currently available up to 192 Mbytes providing over 3.15 hours of Stereo recording time. This indestructible media can be re-recorded up to 100,000 times. Automatic take list generation and file management is stored in the card's directory which allows random access playback of selected cuts. All information recording the takes is displayed in the directory for easy identification. You even have the ability to give each one a title.
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