AETA combines on-location recording and mixing in one unit

AETA Audio Systems will debut its 4MinX on-location recording and mixing unit at this year’s IBC event.

The 4MinX is the first fully integrated digital multichannel mixer and multi-track recorder in one compact unit. It offers mixing and recording of 5.1 or 7.1 both indoors and outdoors. Users can record up to eight tracks and maintain full flexibility on each track: monophonic, stereophonic, or polyphonic. During recording as well as mixing, all levels can be adjusted for each track.

The 4MinX is portable and designed to provide a user-friendly interface, featuring rotary encoders, programmable function keys, and a TFT display panel. It also provides a combination of functionalities for TV sync-sound location recording, music recording and satellite mixing, or radio journalism.

The unit features four mic/line inputs, two stereo line inputs, and two AES3/AES42 inputs, along with output flexibility provided by two stereo line outputs, two auxiliary outputs, and three AES3 outputs. The DSP-based mixer supports four channels and a stereo mixdown, and the unit provides routing aimed at offering versatility through any mix of analogue, digital, and 100Base-T outputs.

Designed for use in the field, the 4MinX also offers a bright, 3” colour TFT screen showing status and level displays and allows users to work on location for more than six hours before its standard batteries need recharging. It records on an SDHC memory card up to 64 GB, providing more than 50 hours of stereo recording. It is also accessible by USB stick.

"The 4MinX is like an audio Swiss Army knife, with an unprecedented combination of mixing and recording features," said Christophe Mahoux, general manager of AETA Audio Systems. "Instead of carrying a separate recorder and mixer, journalists, documentary makers, radio, and film production crews can now travel lighter and operate with much more flexibility. It’s also a very cost-effective and scalable option, replacing a separate mixer and recorder in a single unit, and offering a range of versions with software-upgradeable features when requirements increase. The 4MinX is the portable dream team for indoor and outdoor. The product offers a digital multichannel mixer and multi-track recorder in one unit."