500R8 & Camden500
“A Modern Approach To Vintage Sound”- Cranborne Audio tagline. And I could finish on this sentence, but I would like to add a few more: QUALITY, AFFORDABLE PRICE, AMAZING TEAM! These guys are very passionate about what they do, and you can see it in every inch of their product. In 2020 I finished to build my dedicated studio, so this was the time when I was carefully choosing my new gear. I want to stress 'carefully' because I always spend months on the research and analysing data etc. Just to get the best value for money. Nowadays the market is flooded with the gear (better or worst) therefore you need to choose carefully if you do not want to walk into a trap of some sort. My aim was ( and still is) to buy only a few pieces of quality gear instead of hoarding hundreds of compressors, preamps or whatever else you always see in 'TOP engineers'' studios, just so you can feel a bit better or (even worst) - like one of them...! What nonsense! I would probably barely use them (if any...). I am choosing the gear with only one thought in my mind- to help improve the quality of my mixes and the workflow. I want good quality at the affordable price, I want a piece of gear which will make me feel 'money well spent', I prefer the gear built locally, so if I need customer support I do not have to wait until 1 am to call them, because they are based in another part of the world. I love 500 series because this format is more than enough for my needs, so when I saw 500R8 for the first time, there was no brainer! I had to have it! Cranborne Audio ticked all the boxes and more. Their preamp Camden 500 is so clean and beautifully sounding, that soon became my no1 preamp to go. On their website under 'Knowledge' section (https://www.cranborne-audio.com/knowledge), you will find few videos with a clear and nice explanation of their product, so all you need is to put your hands on one of them and just simply enjoy it. They have very good reviews; even from the top of the tops ( you will find an extensive Soundonsoud review here: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/cranborne-audio-500r8), an impressive tech spec. for 500R8, CAST system ( definitely will use N22H in my vocal room), so yeah all I can say is ''don't miss the opportunity here and BUY IT!''. There is also an option for those who already have an amazing interface - the 500 ADAT. You will find all necessary info on their website (click below)
I was waiting for this product for years! ( and no, they do not sponsor me, I am just truly impressed and a big fan of Cranborne Audio!).
HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT