Cantar X3

The ultimate 24-track on location audio mixer-recorder

With embeddeed mixer plate and intuitive interface

Starting from 12.190*,- Euros

* Without VAT - ExWorks

The CantarX3, packed with an impressive array of professional and innovative features,has already made a huge impact on the sound recording sector for cinematography,broadcast, drama, and orchestral work.

Aaton CantaX3 Audio mixer-recorder
Analog & Digital Inputs
  • 12 analog inputs
  • 8 mic preamps
  • 4 analog line inputs
  • Multiple AES digital inputs
Mixer & Outputs
  • 10 tracks mixer plate
  • Mixdown
  • 8 analog line Output.
  • 8 AES3 digital output on subD25
Recording Media
  • Internal 256 Gg SSD drive
  • 2 SD cards
  • 3 USB slot
  • 2 identical on board smart batteries
  • 1 XLR4 DC 12-17 Volts input
Metering and Controls
  • Ultra bright large display panel
  • 2 large rotary control selectors
  • Linear control faders
  • Wifi and Bluetooth communication
General Specifications
  • Generates reports (PDF & database)
  • Housing made of machined avionic aluminium
  • Water and dust resistant

24 Tracks Digital Audio Recorder

A reference in location audio mixer-recorders with 24 tracks and 54 analog and digital inputs including access to the Dante Audinate™ audio network system and peripherals.

Incredible features

The CantarX3 has incredible features and tools to facilitate and enhance the work of sound engineers, widely used in the film and broadcast industry, it is the most advanced recorder of its generation packed with an impressive array of professional and innovative features.

Display visible in all conditions

With such optimised ergonomy and a comprehensive display, the CantarX3 is extremely robust and can go on working in extreme conditions of heat and cold, recently being used on location high on Mount Everest.

Evolutionary product

It can also self-generate PDF and CSV Sound Reports, with ALE files embedded within deliverable media. New firmware and software updates are issued from time to time bringing new features, some from the design team and some via feedback and requests from users in the field.

2 Years Warranty

Two-years standard warranty for all our products.


The CantarX3 has already made a huge impact on the sound recording sector for cinematography, broadcast, drama, and orchestral work

Pre Rec Mode

Main Selector at the 11 o'clock position

The Pre Rec Mode allows metadata entry and management, up to 30 sec pre rec audio buffer.
It shows:
. Recording Média status, Headphone configuration
. Power management information, external and on-board smart batteries
. Timecode and remaining recording time
. Vue-meters and track settings



Main Selector at the 2 o'clock position

Manage the audio recording media and set-up sound report.
Create a new project, select the recording media and define what type of file format will be put on each media.
. Selection of recorded file format (MONO, PDF & MIXDOWN) and proxys
. Up to three Custom PDF, ALE or CSV sound reports
. Media formatting


IN Grid Routing

Main Selector at the 5 o'clock position

20 user defined In grid routing configurations with up to 56 inputs on 24 tracks
. In-Grid configuration name management
. Mix-down setup with fine pan possibility


Headphone Outmaps

Main Selector at the 6 o'clock position

Set-up the headphones outputs, line outputs and digital outputs (AES3 & Dante)
. 26 user defined monitoring headphone configurations
. 26 user define configurations, choice of delays, level attenuation, playback mode to be applied to each individual 8 Line outputs and 8 AES3 outputs on SubD25
. Optional Dante out map, user defined setup


Audio File Browser

Main Selector at the 7 o'clock position

This Menu enables you to edit audio file metada also manage PLAYBACK & REC file selection in all available media.
. Access to all recorded files on all four recording medias and selected projects
. Metadata modification, batch editing
. Audio file rescue and file deletion
. File bank management in Play-back & Rec mode


Play Mode

Main Selector at the 8 o'clock position

Edit previously recorded takes.
. Mix-down and single/multiple tracks playback with waveform visualisation including clap detection sync point and user sync marks
. Pre or Post fader playback mode, monitoring selection
. Metadata modifications


Audio & TimeCode parameters

Main Selector at the 4 o'clock position

. Audio parameters setting for inputs and outputs (sampling rate, Tone generator…) with detailed descriptions on the right side of the screen
. Timecode parameters (Frame rate, LTC generator, operator TC, External TC source…)
. Internal and external slate mic setup;, Rec Beep routing….
. Digital power and Dante activation


Help Screen

Available on all 12 operating screens

List all short cut and fonction keys for each operating menu
. Quick access with shift button (triple click)


Cantar X3

Multi-Track Digital Audio Recorder
• Perfect ergonomics for cart or shoulder operation
• Swiveling front panel with ultra bright large color display (Transvideo design)
• User friendly with intuitive menus and confortable mechanical controls
• Uncompromised audio quality with unique on-board mixer
• Features integrated reports (PDF and Database), AutoSlate detection, Playback & Record...and more

The package includes:

1 Cantar-X3
2 Batteries
1 Dual battery charger
1 Pelicase
1 tool kit


Analog Inputs8 low noise mic preamp with very high quality transformer. 48V Phantom, limiters and filters
4 analog line inputs
Analog outputs8 analog line level outputs
Digital inputsAES digital inputs incude 2 AES42 paris, 8 AES/EBU
32 Dante Audinate audio inputs
Digital outputs10 AES Digital outputs
32 Dante Audinate audio outputs
Recording Media1 x  256 SSD Drive
2 x  SD Cards
3 x  USB2 slots (Keyboard, external device...)
Connectivity4 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

Power2 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

WeightWith batteries 8.8 lbs, 4,01kg
Without batteries 7.8 lbs, 3.55kg
CantarX3 Package

A full CantarX3 PACKAGE

With all accessories is now available with the following packing list.

1 x Cantar X3 Package including :
1 x AATON CANTAR X3, 24 Tracks Sound recorder
24 Tracks Digital Audio Recorder
• Perfect ergonomics for cart or shoulder operation
• Swiveling front panel with ultra bright large color display
• User friendly with intuitive menus and confortable mechanical controls
• Uncompromised audio quality with unique on-board mixer

1 x Hard case
• Cantar X3 carrying case

1 x Dual Li-Ion AATON Smart Battery Charger
• This dual battery charger allows simultaneous charging of two Li Ion batteries

2 x Battery Li-ion type 2054
• Aaton smart Lithium Ion battery 15V 48Wh 3.2Ah for CantarX3 and CantarMini.


Dante option
• Audinat Dante audio network access
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2 x Battery Li-ion type 2054
• Aaton smart Lithium Ion battery 15V 48Wh 3.2Ah for CantarX3 and CantarMini.
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1 x Cantarem 2
• The new Cantarem for the CantarX3. 12 ultra-smooth assignables magnetic faders, USB
connection to the CantarX3
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1 x Cantar X3 Bag
• This bag for the CantarX3 is a modular advanced design to offer versatility without weight.
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1 x Rain Poncho
• This poncho offer a wide vinyle window on the front and protects the operator from the rain.
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1 x Aaton X3 Color 13 Slider pack
• 13 color magnetic faders for the CantarX3. Also fits the Cantarem 2.
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• Mixing surface with 12 ultra-smooth assignables magnetic faders
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CantarX3 brochure

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About the TimeCode in Cantar

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