AR-3000SD: Audio Recorder/Player

A dependable digital audio recorder/player featuring programmable timer and LAN control.


AR-3000SD Videos

The new AR-3000SD provides new advanced sound quality and features with expanded compatibility that includes programmable timers, network efficiency, support for multiple playback and control formats, plus support for high quality audio formats up to 24-bit and 96 kHz.

  • 24-bit recording and playback at 96 kHz for higher sound quality
  • Built-in yearly programmable timer
  • Bulit-in web server for control
  • External control of playback using the connection terminals (GPIO)
  • Trigger via USB keypad, MIDI, RS-232C, LAN-Telnet, GPI, Programmable Timer
  • Send MIDI or RS-232C messages
  • AR Series Card Data Editor, ARE-3000
  • High durable SD/SDHC Memory Card using SLC (Single Level Cell), SD-4G

A full range of features and high reliability make the AR-3000SD perfect for any site and application.

AR-3000SD Usage Diagram

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New advances in sound quality and features, with expanded compatibility. 24-bit recording and playback at 96 kHz for higher sound quality.

Support for 24-bit, 96-kHz audio achieves even higher sound quality for both recording and playback. Use of AES/EBU output connectors also enables high-quality digital output. XLR connectors have been added for audio output, enabling worry-free use in a wide array of applications.
For storage, in addition to Compact Flash memory, the AR-3000SD is also equipped with a slot for an SD memory card. Using a single memory card as two virtual cards lets you record up to 2,000 phrases. You can even back up and restore data using a USB flash drive.
In addition to uncompressed WAV, the MP3 format has been added for use in recording and playback. By accommodating a full range of formats without sacrificing compatibility, the AR-3000SD stands ready to meet a diverse array of needs and setups for use.

AR-3000SD Editor Software

A full range of flexible editing features

Editing operations are simple and intuitive. The AR-3000SD offers nondestructive editing features that allow for editing phrases just the way you want. These functions include Truncate for cutting unneeded portions before and after phrases, and Phrase Combine for joining multiple phrases into a single new one.

  • Displays the settings data and phrase information stored on the AR series unit's memory card on a single screen. Editing is accomplished with ease, using the mouse and keyboard.
  • AR data on a memory card can be backed up to the computer and restored from it just as easily.
  • Features a simple player that lets you check recorded audio.
  • Lets you convert WAV files to AR phrase data (RDAC) and AR phrase data to WAV files
  • The software can be downloaded free of charge.
    *Use an AR series device to format the card.

Built-in yearly programmable timer

In response to wide demand, a scheduler has become a standard feature, eliminating the need to connect an external timer. This allows control by time or calendar. Time adjustment using Network Time Protocol (NTP) client functionality is also possible, for precisely timed automation announcements at fixed intervals. Using just the AR-3000SD, you can create yearly programs for important announcements for tasks that must be played back at fixed intervals and set times.

AR-3000SD Programmable Timer Tables

The programmable timer feature can store in memory 14 days worth of single-day schedules containing 50 tasks each. This lets you do things like assign single-day schedules to different days of the week to create a weekly schedule, or assign them to specific months and days and create a yearly schedule.

Endless control and performance possibilities using MIDI and RS-232C

MIDI data can be played back and captured as well as playback of RS-232C commands. Using the AR-3000SD in combination with an external sound module or synthesizer, for instance, let's you reproduce performances that are direct, with total control. With direct playback of RS-232C commands the AR-3000SD can control V-Mixers, video switchers like the Roland V-800HD, and a host of other audio, video and lighting equipment. This along with MIDI control enables the AR-3000SD to be the nucleus of a full production environment.

AR-3000SD Features Graphic

AR-3000SD Rear Panel Diagram

Network features supporting higher efficiency come standard.

A rich array of playback and control formats let you configure systems that are simple and intuitive.

A LAN (local area network) port is standard and lets you achieve simple, efficient systems matched to individual setups. Web server functionality has been added enabling settings and control from a computer anywhere on the network. The unit also functions as a DHCP client which eliminates the trouble of obtaining and assigning IP addresses.

A rich array of playback and control formats enabling the configuration of a variety of systems.

AR-3000SD External Control Diagram


Optional SD-04G high durable SD/SDHC memory card using SLC (Single Level Cell.)

AR-3000SD SD-04G Recording Times


AR-3000SD Play ButtonChoose from a diverse selection of playback modes to match any need.

The Line Thru feature lets you mix in external audio during playback.

During audio-phrase playback, you can mix in audio from LINE IN and output the results. For instance, this lets you mix background music or other audio into in-store announcements. The volume level of audio input via LINE IN can also be adjusted independently, so you can even add fade-ins and fade-outs.

AR-3000SD Audio Line Thru Feature

External control of playback using the connection terminals

The AR-3000SD lets you pick the optimal playback scheme for the application or system setup you're using. This lets you control the AR in whatever way you like from an external device attached to a control input connector or the RS-232C port on the back of the unit.

Direct Playback
Assigning the phrases you select to respective control connectors enables you to play the phrase assigned to each number simply by inputting a direct control signal. This is useful when you want to use switches, relays, sensors or other devices to specify a desired phrase directly.

Program Playback
You play back a group of phrases in a preset sequence by inputting a control signal to the START port. Because the order and duration of the phrases are predetermined, this is a convenient option when you have only one contact, such as a timer or switch, with which to trigger this action.

Binary Playback
In binary playback, phrases are selected by means of binary (base 2) control signals, with the selected phrases played back when control signals are input to the START port. This lets you specify all phrases with control signals (from a switch or other ON/OFF signal device) without the use of computers or other complicated equipment.

Computer Playback
With the AR-3000SD, you can control the unit from a computer or other external device connected to it by an RS-232C cable. The RS-232C connector is used to connect to a computer or other peripheral equipment. The AR-3000SD is equipped with a D-sub 9-pin type RS-232C connector.

MIDI Playback
This plays back audio and MIDI phrases using MIDI signals from an external MIDI device as control signals. Phrase playback can be controlled by the different types of MIDI messages, including Note On/Off, Note On Velocity, Panpot, and Expression. Note that MIDI phrases cannot be recorded or played back simultaneously with audio phrases or other MIDI phrases.

Control loop, repeat, and other styles of playback
You can specify loop play, repeat play, and other variations in playback styles in addition to ordinary phrase playback.

Loop Play
You can specify loop playback of the desired passage of a phrase by making settings on the AR unit. With loop play, playback between a set start point and end point is repeated for a specified number of times.

Repeat Play
You can specify repeating playback of a desired phrase by making settings on the AR unit. The repeated passage, repeat interval, and number of repetitions are all controllable.


Recorder Part
Data Type (Recording)
Sampling frequency: 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 k, 96 kHz
Bit depth: 16, 24 bits
Channels: mono, stereo

- MP3 (MPEG-1 audio layer 3)
Sampling frequency: 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 kHz
Bit rate: 128 k, 192kbps, 320 kbps
Channels: stereo

- MP3 (MPEG-1 audio layer 3)
Sampling frequency: 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 kHz
Bit rate: 64 k, 96kbps, 160 kbps
Channels: mono

- Standard MIDI Files (Format 0)
Data Type (Playback)
Sampling frequency: 8 k, 16 k, 22.05 k, 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 k, 96 kHz
Bit depth: 16, 24 bits
Channels: mono, stereo

- MP3 (MPEG-1 audio layer 3)
Sampling Frequency: 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 kHz
Bit rate: 32 k--320 kbps or VBR (Variable Bit Rate)
Channels: mono, stereo

- RDAC (Roland Digital Audio Coding)
RDAC Grade (Sampling frequency): 8 k, 16 k, 22.05 k, 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 kHz
RDAC Mode: MODE1, MODE2, MODE3, LINEAR (16-bit linear), H-LINEAR (24-bit linear)
RDAC Type (Channels): mono, stereo

- Standard MIDI Files (Format 0)
- RS-232C command
Number of phrases
Maximum 4000 phrases
(using 1000 x 2 phrases format CF card and SD/SDHC memory card)
Recording Media
CF Card: up to 32 GB, SDHC Memory Card: 4--32 GB, SD Memory Card: up to 2 GB
Maximum Recording Time
171 hours (using 1GB CF card and SD-04G 4GB SDHC memory card, MP3, 64 kbps, mono)
* This recording time is approximate. Actual results may vary somewhat.
* When recording in stereo files, the maximum recording time would be shorter than above.
MIC jack
1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced, unbalanced connection is possible)
Input Sense: -43 dBu (unbalanced)
Nominal Input Level: -38 dBu (INPUT VOLUME - MIC at 8 position, unbalanced)
Maximum Input Level: -5 dBu (unbalanced)
Input Impedance: 2 k ohms
Recommended Source Impedance: 1 k ohms or less
LINE IN jacks (MONO/L, R)
RCA phono type (unbalanced)
Input Sense: -15 dBu
Nominal Input Level: 0 dBu (INPUT VOLUME - LINE at 5 position)
Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu
Input Impedance: 20 k ohms
Recommended Source Impedance: 2 k ohms or less
XLR type (balanced), 1/4-inch TRS phone type (balanced)
Nominal Output Level: +10 dBu (OUTPUT VOLUME at 5 position)
Maximum Output Level: +22 dBu
Output Impedance: 600 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
DB-25 type (unbalanced)
Nominal Output Level: +4 dBu
Maximum Output Level: +16 dBu
Output Impedance: 300 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
Maximum Output Level: 90 mW + 90 mW (1 kHz, 40 ohms load, typ.)
Output Impedance: 100 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 30 ohms or greater
XLR type (conforms to IEC 60958-4)
Other Terminals
- CONTROL INPUT/OUTPUT A connector: 5 pin terminal block with M3 screws
- CONTROL INPUT/OUTPUT B connector: DB-25 type
- LAN port: RJ45 type
Standard: IEEE802.3u (100BASE-TX), Transmission Speed: 100 Mbps
- MIDI (OUT/THRU, IN) connector
- RS-232C connector: DB-9 type
Transmission method: Start-Stop synchronous system (Asynchronous) Duplex
Baud rate: 4800, 9600, 14400, 19200, 31250, 38400, 57600, 115200 bps
Parity: none, Data length: 8 bits, Stop bit length: 1 bit, Code set: ASCII
- USB port: USB Type A
USB 1.1, USB Mass Storage Class, USB HID Class * USB HDD cannot be used.
Signal Specification
Residual Noise Level
BALANCED OUTPUT: -80 dBu or less (Input short, INPUT VOLUME - MIC at 0 position, INPUT VOLUME - LINE at 5 position, OUTPUT VOLUME at 5 position, IHF-A, typ.)
Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots
Power Consumption
18 W
Operating Free-air Temperature Range
0 to 40 degrees Celsius, 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Owner's Manual, Power cord, Rubber Foot x 4, Card Protector x 1 (with 2 Screws)
Size and Weight
482 mm
19 inches
310 mm
12-1/4 inches
44 mm
1-3/4 inches
3.3 kg
6 lbs. 14 oz.
EIA-1U rack mountable




SD/SDHC Memory Card


SD/SDHC Memory Card (4GB) for AR-3000SD

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Compressed ZIP file AR-Series Card Data Editor v3.0
AR Series Card Editor for WindowsVista / WindowsXP
Compressed ZIP file AR-3000SD System Software Update Version 1.024
This is the latest version of operating system for the AR-300SD. After downloading and extracting the compressed file, please refer to the “AR-3000SD_System_Update_Procedure” pdf document included for the update procedure.
Compressed ZIP file AR-3000SD Images


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Support Documents

PDF file AR-3000SD Owner's Manual
PDF file AR-3000SD Reference Manual
PDF file AR-3000SD Command Reference Manual
PDF file AR Card Editor Manual
PDF file AR-3000SD Preliminary Brochure