Hand-held audio recorder/player
with all functions and controls at your fingertips
Audio professionals and aficionados will recognise the Nagra brand as
a legend in professional audio recording. Their pedigree is of the
very highest order, having provided sound recordists with cutting edge
portable recording equipment since its foundation by Stefan Kudelski in
1951. The Nagra company is based in Switzerland, the home of some of the
best high performance, miniature engineering in the world, and Nagra
recorders have won many awards for excellence over the years, including
no less than three Oscars and an Emmy.
Their smallest recorder to date - the ARES-M Series - started in
2005 and brought the Nagra brand within reach of an even wider audience
and without compromise.
A broadcast quality solid-state audio recorder, the ARES-M is
principally designed to be used in any ultra-portable recording
situation, as a modern replacement for tape, cassette and minidisk (MD).
Its recording media is built-in (2 or 4Gb depending on model) and it will record both
mono and stereo audio in PCM (uncompressed WAV), MP2 (broadcast quality
compressed audio), and MP3 (internet quality audio). An ARES-M is
powered by just two AA batteries, offering up to 10 hours of continuous
No need to buy a
separate CF card with this recorder! Recordings in an ARES-M Series,
including their marker information, are stored in its generous 2 or
internal memory bank with FAT32 format.
The ARES-M Series was created
to be as flexible as possible. In order to achieve this, its
operating concept is designed around a system of preset Templates,
in which all the required operating modes are stored. The user can
choose different parameters (internal or external microphone,
recording format, AGC, pre-record buffer, etc.), and these
personalised settings are then stored in a Template for future
access from the LCD menu system.
If no specific user
Template profiles are stored then an ARES-M will operate using the
default factory settings (which actually cover most eventualities
Fast, Reliable USB Connection
The USB v2.0 interface
serves two purposes: fast file download and external DC powering.
When connected via USB
to a PC or Mac an ARES-M mounts as a virtual drive in the explorer window or the File/Open menu of your application.
You can then drag files across to the PC/Mac into a folder or
No drivers are needed
for Windows XP/Vista/7/MacOS. Just plug and play.
Detail of Clip-On Microphone connection
Just two AA batteries needed
Just two AA batteries
are needed to power an ARES-M for up to 10 hours (alkaline type).
You can also use
rechargeable NiCad or NiMH cells (must be charged with a proprietary
external charger). These will give you several hours on a charge
(varies depending on type and make) but remember that with
rechargeables you will always get less operational time than with
Voice Activated Recording
Here's unique feature
for all you under-cover security people out there:
The ARES-M has a Voice
Operated Recording (VOR) feature that enables it to start recording
depending on its input level. You can set both the 'trigger' level
at which this happens, as well as the duration of recording you want
make once it has been triggered.
• General Data Storage medium: Internal 2GB memory Recording Method: Digital (PCM) or Digital compression Compression type: ISO MPEG Layer II / MPEG III A/D & D/A conversion: 20 Bit Sigma-Delta Sampling Rate: 8 to 48 kHz PCM and MPEG Bit-Rates: 64 to 384 kbps Mono/Stereo: Switchable File Format: (.wav) or (.MP2) / (.MP3) Dimensions: 125(H) x 53(W) x 22(D) mm (w/o clip-on mic) Weight: 200g
Mic. Inputs: Miniature Jack
Microphone: -10dB FS for 74dB SPL
Sensitivity: Approx. 200mV for -10dB FS (Dynamic)
Line Input: Miniature Jack
Line Input Sensitivity: 150mV -4.4V for 0 dB FS (Max 8V)
Output Headphone Jack: 3.5 mm stereo connector Line Output: 1V FS THD at 1 kHz: 0.1 % Frequency response: 30 Hz – 20 kHz (-3 dB in EE mode) Total dynamic range: 85 dB
Power Four powering options: via USB Power Supply Unit (supplied); via
USB 2.0 connection with PC/Mac; via 2 x AA dry cell batteries; via 2 x AA
rechargeable NiCad or NiMH batteries (proprietary external charger
required) Typical battery life: 10 hours (2 x AA dry fit alkaline cells)