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ARES-PII+

Hand-held audio recorder / player

All functions and controls at your fingertips.

High quality solid-state audio recorder, the ARES-PII+ was principally designed for journalists. Its recording media is PCMCIA of Compact Flash cards (Capacity unlimited), for the recording of PCM Mono or Stereo audio. Optional MPEG compression allows for longer recording times. The unit is powered by 5 “AA” (LR6) batteries or rechargeable cells, offering in excess of 10 hours operation.

Key features

A 12 pin DIN connector serves as both the microphone and line inputs. The recorder will work with the NAGRA mono (NP-MICE # 70 19655 000) or stereo (NP-MICES # 70 19 656) electret microphones or with standard dynamic microphones. +48V powering is also provided allowing the use of any commercially available condenser microphones.

Really designed for radio applications, the ARES-PII+ offers instant start-up, one button recording, “takes” directory, large back-lit display, powerful vortex filter, automatic level control and internal loudspeaker. Optional internal software authorizations allow the machine to record MPEG compressed audio, to emulate a Digigram PCX sound card via USB and do internal audio editing in the field. A large choice of accessories are available, such as power supply, carrying cases, cables etc to meet specific requirements.

Solid State recording Menu driven
PCMCIA Compact Flash cards Long battery life
USB port Lightweight Ultra portable
Phantom powering Built-in loudspeaker
Optional Internal editor FAT 16 / 32 format
Optional MPEG Compression Reliable

Compatibility

The ARES-PII+ offers a USB port. Through this connection, the internal PCMCIA card appears on the “desktop” as n external drive of the PC / MAC. Naturally the card can be removed from the machine and directly inserted into the workstation if required. The FAT 16/32 file system has many advantages over the previous LFS system, meaning that individual takes can be removed at any time and MARKERS can be added to recordings during both record and playback.

PCMCIA Cards

The ARES-PII+ works with ATA PCMCIA cards, Strata Flash cards, compact flash cards and Microdrives (The last two require card adapters).

Special Features

Automatic Level control Remote Start / Stop feature Automatic voice activated recording Lockable menus and keyboard Menu templates Built-in charger circuit Built-in loudspeaker Stereo monitoring on mini Jack Line output connector Internal audio editor (optional) MPEG compression (optional)

Technical specifications

General

Data Storage medium PCMCIA ATA cards, Compact flash cards
Recording Method Digital (PCM) or Digital compression
Compression type ISO MPEG Layer II
A/D & D/A conversion 20 Bit Sigma-Delta
Sampling Rate 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit-Rates 64, 128, 192, 256, 384 kb/s
Mono/Stereo Switchable and input routing
Recording Capacity 21 minutes on a 256 MB card Stereo 48 kHz, PCM
Max. Recording Capacity 132 minutes on a 256 MB card Stereo 48 kHz, 256 kb/s
PCMCIA Slot Single type I & II
Dynamic Range Adjust 40 dB for 0 dB record (manual), 40 dB for 0 dB record (ALC)
Filters “Flat”, “LFA”
File Format Broadcast Wave Format (.wav)

Inputs

Mic. Inputs 12 poles DIN  connector
Microphone Powering 48 V Phantom
Sensitivity From 2 mV to 10 mV for 0 dB recording
Line Input Symmetrical transformerless
Line Input Sensitivity 0.44 V to 1.4 V for 0 dB recording

Outputs

Headphone Jack 3.5 mm stereo connector
Line Output Lemo connector
THD at 1 kHz 0.1 %
Frequency response 30 Hz – 20 kHz (-3 dB in EE mode)
Total dynamic range 80 dB

Power supply

Battery pack 5 x “AA” cells
Consumption 300 mA during record (no display light)

Physical

Dimensions 188 x 80 x 28 mm (7 x 3 x 1 inch)
Weight 450 g, (1 lb)

Options/Accessories

2019602150 ARES-PII+ printed user manual English edition
2019602151 ARES-PII+ printed user manual French edition

Software options

7019672000 NP-MPEG Software option for MPEG compression algorithms
7019673000 NP-RCX Software option for DIGIGRAM RCX Emulation (Requires NS-MPEG option also)
7019674000 NP-EDIT Software option for internal audio editor

Powering options

2019618000 NB-APAC AC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, CH for ARES-P/PII+
2019616000 NB-APAW AC Power supply, 100-240V~,47-63Hz, 9Vdc/800mA, World for ARES-P/PII+

Cases/Strap

2099191000 NP-SCC1 “Holster” style carrying case for recorder, leather slim line
2099192000 NP-SCC2 Soft carrying case for recorder and accessories, extra large
2099194000 NP-SCC3 Leather “holster” style case for ARES-PII+ with neck-strap
2099142000 NP-DRAG Hand strap for ARES-PII+ (replacement)
2099141000 NP-CLIP Clip for holster style carrying case (replacement)

External accessories

2019625000 NP-ESM Portable external monitor speaker for ARES-PII+
7019655000 NP-MICE Plug-in Electret mono microphone, omni directional for ARES-PII+
7019656000 NP-MICES Plug-in Electret stereo microphone, cardioid for ARES-PII+
7019660000 NP-TRIP Mini tripod for table-top recordings for ARES-PII+

Adapters/Cables

7019670000 NP-PCA RS232 Adapter for serial PC connection (software download)
2019675000 NP-LEMO Line output cable (LEMO to open-end) for ARES-PII
7019665000 CP-MICM Microphone input cable, DIN-12-pin, one  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019666000 CP-MICS Microphone input cable, DIN-12-pin, two  3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
7019667000 CP-LINI Line input cable, DIN-12-pin, two 3F-XLR F  1.5 m (5 ft)
2019668000 CP-LINO Line output cable, Jack 3.5, two CINCH M  1.5 m (5 ft)
2019669000 CP-USB USB cable (replacement)

Compact Flash cards

2097170000 C-ADAPT Compact flash card adapter ATA
2097176000 C-ATA-512 Compact Flash ATA card 512 MB
2097178000 C-ATA-1G Compact Flash ATA card 1 GB
2097180000 C-ATA-2G Compact Flash ATA card 2 GB
2097179000 C-ATA-4G Comapct Flash ATA card 4 GB

Downloads

Documentation

English

Manual

English

PC Driver and Manual

Software

V3.20

Technical Info

Software bulletin version V3.20

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