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Cranborne Audio 500R8 500 Series Rack/Interface with Free N22

28-in/30-out USB interface, summing mixer, 8-slot high-current 500 series rack, artist mixer and monitor controller - includes a free N22 breakout box!

Product Description

From 11/1/21 through 12/31/21 receive a free N22 Standalone Cat 5 Snake/CAST Breakout Box with purchase!

The Cranborne Audio 500R8 is the centerpiece to the modern studio. It's a 28-in/30-out USB audio interface that combines a 500 series rack and high-performance AD/DA conversion with all of the connectivity required in the modern professional or home studio.

500R8 features the studio essentials that you need to build your dream studio such as an 8-into-2 high-headroom analog summing mixer, comprehensive monitor controller with talkback facility, 16-in/16-out ADAT interface, as well as a zero-latency analog artist mixer with reference-quality, high-powered headphone outputs.

THE BEST OF ANALOG CHARACTER

By capitalizing on the vast and ever-growing 500 series market, you can configure your 500R8 to suit your tastes of analog flavor. By installing your favorite 500 series modules into the 8 available 500 series slots, you can create your ultimate analog front-end/preamp stage that can be multi-track recorded directly into your DAW.

Fill 500R8 full of vintage preamps for recording drums. Fill 500R8 full of clean and pristine preamps for recording strings. Fill 500R8 full of Preamp, EQ, and Compressor modules to create your own custom analog channel strips. The possibilities are endless and every 500R8 is unique to your sound.

Integrating 500 series modules into your workflow doesn't stop after the recording. Dedicated module source switches for each 500 series slot allow you to send USB channels from your DAW, into 500R8, through the 8 installed 500 series modules, and back into your DAW for recording (with that analog ‘mojo’ applied). Think of 500R8 as a bank of 8 external analog plug-ins.

For a more hands-on, all-analog approach to mixing, 500R8 also features an 8-into-2 high-headroom analogue summing mixer with dedicated level and pan controls that you can use to create your own high-headroom analog mix before recording it back into your DAW using dedicated USB inputs 9/10.

DIGITAL PRECISION

In order to capture every subtle nuance of your analog signal, 500R8 features reference-class AD/DA conversion with 121dB (A-wtd) dynamic range and THD+N of <0.00032% (@ -4dBFS, 1kHz, A-wtd), all governed by 500R8’s master-reference grade internal clock with <0.5 picoseconds of jitter.

The combination of highly-accurate, low-jitter clocking and high-performance digital conversion ensures that every ounce of analogue character is captured with the utmost detail - free of unwanted digital artifacts from the conversion process and with a wide dynamic range thanks to 500R8's high-headroom analog design and low noise floor.

USB AUDIO INTERFACE

Cranborne Audio's USB 2.0 audio interface provides high channel-count and low-latency performance while being accepted by all PC/macOS devices with unparalleled stability and longevity. 500R8 is core audio compliant for macOS or features a lightweight control panel for Windows machines that absorbs as little CPU resources as possible to leave you with more power for plug-ins within your DAW session.

Plug 500R8 into your PC/macOS device and your DAW will see a full 28-in, 30-out USB audio interface. 500R8 also includes a full complement of 5-pin MIDI I/O, ADAT I/O, Word Clock I/O via BNC, and S/PDIF I/O to ensure that all of your digital studio connectivity is covered.

MONITOR CONTROLLER

500R8 features a comprehensive monitor controller with connectivity for two sets of studio monitors. As well as seamless speaker switching between both sets of studio monitors, there’s a Mono button that sums L-R channels to check for mono compatibility, a DIM switch that drops the speaker volume by 12dB for relaxed discussions during recordings, and a speaker mute switch for tracking with headphones.

500R8 also features a comprehensive Talkback section with XLR input, 48v phantom power, push-to-talk operation, and automatic signal routing to all C.A.S.T. and headphones outputs connected to the system.

SUMMING MIXER

Analogue summing can give your mix the final bit of analog character required to achieve professional and polished sonic results. What makes 500R8's 8-into-2 channel summing mixer so special is that it is positioned after the 8 500 series slots - allowing you to insert saturation or subtle 'bus-compression' modules and create a stereo mix using 500R8’s dedicated analog level and pan controls beneath each module. 500R8's summing mixer also has a dedicated converter which can be used to record your stereo mix into your DAW on USB inputs 9/10 with a massive +24dBu of headroom.

ZERO-LATENCY ARTIST MIXER

500R8 moves away from clunky "virtual" software mixers and gets your hands back onto the mix. By using 500R8’s high-headroom analog summing mixer, you can create zero-latency, all-analog mixes of live sources that can be blended with discrete USB playback paths and sent directly to the recording musicians via C.A.S.T. or the local headphone outputs.

C.A.S.T. EQUIPPED

C.A.S.T. stands for Cat 5 Analogue Snake Transport and enables cost effective and organized cable management around your studio. C.A.S.T. repurposes off-the-shelf, shielded Cat5 Networking cables to transport 4 channels of balanced analog audio over a single cable.

500R8 has 4 C.A.S.T. IN ports that allow you to connect C.A.S.T. enabled breakout boxes (such as the Cranborne Audio N22 and N22H) to 500R8 and relocate analog I/O wherever it is needed around the studio.

Connect mic/line sources into the C.A.S.T. breakout box and that signal travels through the Cat 5 cable and directly into the modules installed into 500R8. At the same time, the analog mix created on 500R8 is sent through the same cable and into the connected breakout box. This allows for seamless analog audio connectivity between the control room, live room, vocal booth, or the bedroom next door!

C.A.S.T. is 100% analog and requires no setup in order to operate. It can easily work at distances up to 100m when Cat 6e or Cat 7 cable is used and a complete cat 5 studio cabling infrastructure costs a fraction of what analog multi core would cost. No setup. No latency. No fuss. And it sounds great.

DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED IN THE UK

To ensure that every product bearing the Cranborne Audio name is worthy of studio environments big or small, every 500R8 is carefully assembled by a skilled workforce with immense attention to detail and every product is tested thoroughly by a skilled engineer before shipping to destinations around the world.

FEATURES:

  • 28-in/30-out USB 2.0 audio interface
  • High-performance A/D conversion
  • High-performance D/A conversion
  • Master reference-quality internal clock
  • Monitor controller with talkback
  • Analog summing mixer
  • Zero-latency artist mixer
  • Reference-quality headphone outputs
  • High-current 8-slot 500 Series rack
  • C.A.S.T compatibility
  • 24 V, 5 amp external locking power supply
  • Designed and engineered in the UK


N22 STANDALONE BREAKOUT BOX INCLUDED FREE!

From now through December 31, 2021 receive a free Cranborne Audio N22 Standalone Cat 5 Snake/CAST Breakout Box (a $99 value!) when you purchase an EC2 Preamp. The N22 is a standalone 4 channel cat 5 snake and advanced audio distribution system via C.A.S.T. Put simply, N22 replaces 4 balanced XLR cables with 1 Cat 5 cable over distances of up to 10 0m. Featuring the Cranborne C.A.S.T. system, N22 distributes audio around studios or stages using affordable cabling by repurposing the internal copper wires of a Cat 5 cable to transport balanced analog audio to and from other C.A.S.T. enabled products - such as another N22.

ADVANCED C.A.S.T. BREAKOUT BOX

Studios already built around a Cranborne Audio interface can simply connect N22’s into their C.A.S.T. Input connectors and then audio plugged into N22's input will appear directly at interface's inputs ready recording. That same cat 5 C.A.S.T. connection also transmits a stereo monitor mix generated by the interface directly into N22’s balanced XLR and 1/4” Jack outputs for monitoring or reamping.

C.A.S.T. EXPANDER

Connect N22 into 500R8's or 500ADAT's C.A.S.T. Input connectors and then mic/line sources connected to N22’s inputs are sent directly to the interface's inputs ready for recording via C.A.S.T. Meanwhile, a stereo monitor mix generated by 500R8/500ADAT is carried down the same C.A.S.T. connection and directly into N22’s dual ¼” jack and XLR line outputs.

STANDALONE CAT5 SNAKE

Replace cumbersome and expensive analog multicore systems by using two N22's to send and receive balanced analog audio between two locations. Connect N22 with your current audio interface and distribute audio into the vocal booth, into the live room, or temporarily into the hallway using a single Cat 5 cable.

FEATURES:

Two combi jack inputs Two 1/4” jack outputs Two XLR outputs C.A.S.T IN RRTT Port C.A.S.T OUT TTRR Port Advanced connectivity with 500R8, 500ADAT, and Camden EC2 Cat5 snake connectivity with a second N22 or N22H Completely passive operation Compatible with any shielded Cat5 cable with distances up to 100m Improved crosstalk performance with Cat 6e and Cat7 Ruggedized metal enclosure Fixing holes for permanent installation

Product Specifications

ConditionNew
Unit Weight15.43 lb
Chassis19-inch Rack-mount
Module Type500 Series
Module Slot Count8 Slots
Rack Spaces4u
Input Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR, BNC, Optical
Output Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR, BNC, Optical
MIDI ConnectionsIn, Out
Computer ConnectionUSB

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