Cranborne Audio is a new brand from a London-based product design team responsible for several award-winning Pro Audio products, from the likes of Soundcraft & Aston Mic’s. Their vision is to make high-end studio recording more accessible to modern engineers and musicians. Cranborne Audio products are designed and engineered and also made in the UK.
All of Cranborne’s designs are highly-engineered and are tuned for high-performance analog and digital applications. With discrete analog mic preamps and summing busses to give your sound more dynamics, more headroom, and less noise. High-quality A/D-D/A conversion and digital clocking allows for better accuracy, more dynamics, and less jitter – the cause of the “gritiness” that so many budget USB audio interfaces are plagued with.
Camden 500 – 500 Series Preamp and Signal Processor
Camden 500 is the most astoundingly clean, linear, and transparent preamp you’ve ever heard. Astoundingly transparent and detailed 500 series mic, line, and hi-z preamp with mojo – two analog saturation styles that emulate vintage valve and transformer effects.
Camden 500 was designed from the ground-up and features a completely original, custom-designed ‘Camden’ preamp topology that achieves stunning low-noise and low-distortion performance as well as frequency and phase linearity at all gain settings. The sum result is -129.8dB EIN (150ohm, unweighted), THD+N as low as 0.0002%, frequency response of ±0.7dB from 5Hz to 200kHz at max gain and <2° phase shift @ 20Hz – 20kHz.
For moments when that extra bit of ‘British’ character is required, rather than use a transformer which always colours the sound, Cranborne Audio developed Mojo – two discrete analog saturation styles that transform Camden 500 into the fattest, warmest, and most characterful preamp in your arsenal – all at the turn of a dial. Unlike transformer and other legacy designs, Mojo can be subtle, it can also be exaggerated, but it can also be bypassed.
Camden 500 is available now for $349 USD / 299 EUR ex. VAT.
500R8 & 500ADAT
The 500R8 comprises am analog/digital hybrid USB audio interface, summing mixer, and 500 series rack, offering a complete studio-in-a-box.
500R8 is a 28in/30out USB audio interface with high-performance conversion and low-jitter internal clock, comprehensive monitor controller, analog summing mixer, zero-latency artist mixer, and 8-slot high current 500 series rack.
500ADAT features an analog/digital hybrid ADAT expander, summing mixer, and 500 series rack. The perfect companion to any ADAT-equipped audio interface. 500ADAT is an 8in/8out ADAT expander with high-performance conversion and low-jitter internal clock, analog summing mixer, zero-latency artist mixer, and 8-slot high current 500 series rack.
500R8 and 500ADAT will be available in December, priced at $1,699 USD / 1,599 EUR and $1,499 USD / 1,399 EUR, respectively. Prices ex. VAT where applicable.
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