Cranborne Audio

Camden 500

500 Series Preamp and Signal Processor

Cranborne Audio

Camden 500

500 Series Preamp and Signal Processor

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Cranborne Audio Camden 500 is a 500 Series Preamp and Signal Processor that features Fully-discrete, transformerless design featuring custom ‘Camden’ preamp topology

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FREE Next Working Day Delivery on orders over £49.00.

Orders placed before 4pm will normally be dispatched the same day and will be delivered on the next working day between 9am and 6pm.

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Returns

Flexible 30 Day Returns Period

If for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to Music Matter within 30 days of receiving the item.

You must return an item in the same condition as it was received, not altered in any way, as well as including:

  • All original packaging such as boxes, bags and tag
  • Accessories such as cables and remote controls
  • Certificates, manuals and warranty cards
  • Free gifts or bonus items including software
  • All items included in a bundle

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Overview

Camden 500 was designed from the ground-up to be the ultimate front-end for the modern studio and engineer and to withstand the rigours of modern workflow and production techniques. It 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 and learn to live with its drawbacks, Cranborne Audio developed Mojo - two discrete analogue saturation styles that transform Camden 500 into the fattest, warmest, and most characterful preamp in your arsenal - all at the turn of a dial. Perhaps best of all, unlike transformer and other legacy designs, Mojo can be subtle, it can also be exaggerated, but it can also be bypassed.



Clean, Precise, and Natural - at all gain positions

Whilst preamp specifications often quote fantastic figures at specific gain values, when the gain is increased, those figures often change radically. Camden 500 was designed to retain all of its impressive performance specifications at all gain positions from 8dB to 68dB. This means that even when the preamp is running at maximum gain, the Phase and Frequency response remains linear and THD always remains inaudible - enabling all gain positions to be usable for any source and mic combination.

Vintage, Warm, and Coloured - thanks to Mojo

Camden 500 features Mojo - a new type of saturation circuit that consists of an array of filters and discrete second/third order harmonic generators that allow precise emulation of the saturation and low-end reinforcement behaviours of vintage transformer and valve-based equipment. The key to Mojo is that it can be dialled in to taste; use subtle amounts for gentle saturation, or dial it in to well beyond the point that destructive clipping would usually occur with transformer-based. Perhaps the very best part of Mojo is that it can be bypassed to reveal the pristine base sound of the Camden 500.

Thump

Thump is a style that works best on - but is not limited to - low-frequency based instruments. Thump excites low-end content by boosting harmonics in the range of ~100Hz to 20Hz and below without increasing the fundamental frequencies - resulting in fuller low-end on all reproduction mediums. As Thump is not EQ-based, the additional harmonic content is shaped by the source and it’s existing low-end frequency content resulting in a natural addition of extra “Thump”. Similar-sounding EQ moves will result in extreme wooliness as all sonic energy is boosted - even unwanted audio in-between the hits.

Cream

Cream introduces a vintage smoothness that enables tracks to sit deep within a complex mix in a way that cannot be replicated with EQ. The Cream setting drastically increases THD whilst smoothing-out the low-mids. As with Thump, Cream is not EQ based and is purely achieved by blending 2 saturation stages with the dry signal and additional harmonics. Cream varies entirely on the harmonic signature of the incoming source. It will increase high-end forwardness and create unique harmonic-based tonal shaping effects on mid-range instruments, but it will also add low-end on full range sources as well as unique “compression-style” effect on transients.

Highlights

  • Fully-discrete, transformerless design featuring custom ‘Camden’ preamp topology designed by our Director of Engineering - Edward Holmes.
  • Optimised for and fully-compliant with the 500-series format. Camden 500 is not a 19” unit shoe-horned into a 500-series module, it has been designed from the ground-up to perform under the low-voltage power rails and supply current limitations of the 500-series format whilst delivering groundbreaking performance.
  • Performs at the near-theoretical limits of noise, distortion, and phase/frequency linearity at all gain settings.
  • EIN: <-129.5dBu, 150 ohm source, unweighted, <-135.5dBu, Inputs common, unweighted
  • THD+N: <0.0004%, 1kHz, 35dB gain, 24dBu out
  • Intermodulation Distortion: <0.0008%, 50Hz and 7kHz, 35dB gain, 20dBu out
  • Phase Shift: <2.25°, 40dB gain, 20Hz to 20kHz, <4°, Max gain, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Freq. Response: <±1dB, 200 kHz, all gain settings
  • CMRR: >70dB, typ >85dB, 35dB Gain, 10-20kHz, 100mV Common mode
  • Optimised input Impedance and input headroom for Mic, Line, and Hi-z sources.
  • Mic Preamp, Instrument Di, and - thanks to Mojo - line-level analogue saturator.
  • Reamp tracks from your DAW through Mojo to apply analogue saturation to your stems, VST, and stereo mixes.
  • Custom ‘Mojo’ analogue saturation circuit with variable control, true bypass, and 2 discrete styles - Thump and Cream.
  • Thump excites low-end content by boosting lower odd/even harmonics from a range of 160Hz to 20Hz and below.
  • Cream boosts odd/even harmonics whilst also reducing the amplitude of the fundamental frequencies and applying typical transformer-style transient taming.
  • Gold Flashing on backplane contacts for increase conductivity and durability.
  • Designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom

Technical Specifications

  • Minimum Gain: Mic= 8dB, Line = 0dB, Hi-Z = 3dB
  • Maximum Gain: Mic = 68dB, Line = 60dB, Hi-Z = 63dB
  • Input Impedance: Mic= 8.9kOhms 48v Off, 5.4kOhms 48v ON, Line = 24.3kOhms, Hi-Z= 1.5MOhm unbalanced, 3MOhm balanced
  • Max Input Level: Mic = 17.6dBu (<0.003% THD), Line = 26.5dBu (<0.02% THD), Hi-Z = 24dBu (<0.02% THD)
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Max Output Level: 27.5dBu (<0.002% THD, 30dB gain)
  • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):
  • Frequency Response: ±0.25dB (200 kHz, 35dB gain), <±1dB (200 kHz, max gain)
  • Phase Shift: <2.25° (40dB gain, 20Hz to 20kHz), <4° (max gain, 20Hz to 20kHz)
  • THD+N: <0.0004% (1kHz, 35dB gain, 24dBu out)
  • Intermodulation Distortion: <0.0008% (50Hz and 7kHz, 35dB gain, 20dBu out), <0.0006% (50Hz and 7kHz, 35dB gain, 15dBu out)
  • Hi-Pass Filter (HPF): 80Hz, -3dB, 12dB/Oct
  • Current Draw: 120mA per rail - idle, 140mA per rail - typical use case
  • CMRR: >70dB, typ >85dB, 35dB gain, 10-20kHz, 100mV Common mode
  • Slew Rate: 20V/uS, 35dB gain, 25dBu out
  • Dimensions (mm): 31.8/133.35/170.11 (w/h/d)
SKU CRA0001
Brand Cranborne Audio
Condition New
Rackmountable No
Colour No
EAN 5060619260009

Delivery

UK Delivery

FREE Next Working Day Delivery on orders over £49.00.

Orders placed before 4pm will normally be dispatched the same day and will be delivered on the next working day between 9am and 6pm.

Delivery Upgrade Options (Over £49)

  • Pre 12.00pm Next Working Day - £4.99
  • Pre 10.30am Next Working Day - £14.69
  • Saturday / Sunday - £14.99

International Delivery

Delivery is charged at a flat rate of £21. The following list of countries are available at checkout:

Click here to view our delivery options

Returns

Flexible 30 Day Returns Period

If for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to Music Matter within 30 days of receiving the item.

You must return an item in the same condition as it was received, not altered in any way, as well as including:

  • All original packaging such as boxes, bags and tag
  • Accessories such as cables and remote controls
  • Certificates, manuals and warranty cards
  • Free gifts or bonus items including software
  • All items included in a bundle

No Returns / Exchange On

  • Software where the item has been unsealed.
  • Software serial codes delivered by email

Click here to view our full Returns Policy.

Payments

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We accept the following debit / credit cards:

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Finance

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Quick and Easy

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The quick application form should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete and you’ll receive an instant decision.

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Warranty

Minimum 12 Months Warranty

All new & used goods supplied by Music Matter are warranted free from defects for 12 months from the date of supply (unless otherwise stated).

Extended Warranty

Many manufacturers offer a free extended warranty upon registration.

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