500R8 is a 26in/28out channel USB audio interface, monitor controller, discrete analogue summing mixer, and 8-slot 500 series rack
The Cranborne Audio 500R8 is the new home for 8 of your favourite 500 series modules. It's also your new 28/30 channel USB audio interface, monitor controller, ADAT interface, and discrete analogue summing mixer.
500R8 takes analogue electronics and USB integration to the next level by allowing you to utilise your favourite 500 series modules as your very own customisable tracking front-end directly into your DAW. Dedicated USB source selects for each slot and a discrete analogue summing mixer with it's own USB send allows you to bring your 500 series modules- such as EQs, compressors, and saturation devices -into your mixing process and bring analogue sound back into your workflow.
500R8 features reference-class analogue-to-digital conversion with 121dB (unweighted) signal-to-noise ratio and a master-reference grade internal digital clock with ultra-low jitter (<0.5 picoseconds). The combination of highly-accurate clocking and high-performance digital conversion ensures that every subtle nuance of your analogue signal is captured with the utmost detail, free of any unwanted digital artefacts from the conversion process and with a wide dynamic range due to 500R8's high-headroom and low-noise floor design.
USB Audio Interface
Build your dream studio around 500R8's built-in 28-in/30-out channel USB audio interface that provides recording/playback of analogue and ADAT sources as well as connectivity via MIDI and clock distribution via Word-clock.
Control all aspects of your control room and artist monitoring setup by utilising 500R8's built-in monitor controller that includes options for Speaker A & B switching, Mono sum, Mute, Dim, and Talkback facilities.
Zero-Latency Artist Mixer
Move away from clunky software mixers and get your hands back onto the mix by using 500R8's analogue summing mixer to create artist mixes that can be blended with the DAW playback, and sent to your musicians with zero-latency.
Discrete Summing Mixer
Give your mix the final bit of analogue character and send instrument groups and stems back-through your 500 series modules, into the discrete analogue summing mixer, summed, and sent into your DAW via USB.
28-in/30-out USB 2.0 audio interface
Ultra low-latency USB 2.0 interface with high-stability and compatibility with a wide range of devices.16in/16out ADAT Interface2in/2out S/PDIF Coaxial InterfaceMIDI I/O
High-performance AD/DA conversion
ADCs = 121dB (unweighted) signal-to-noise ratio and - 112dB THD+N.DACs = 127dB (unweighted) signal-to-noise and -115dB THD+N.0dBFs = 26.5dBu for huge headroom when recording and the ability to drive modules for a wider range of effects.
Master reference-quality internal clock
Capable of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and 192kHz operation.Sub 0.5 picoseconds of jitter.Dedicated Word Clock Input and Output via BNC.External sync options using Word Clock BNC, S/PDIF, or ADAT.
Monitor controller with talkback
Speaker A/B switching, Mono check, Dim, mute, and 28-segment output meter.Dedicated talkback input with phantom power, push-to-talk activation, and automatic routing to all headphone and CAST facilities.Easy-access illuminated front panel controls for all monitor controller functions.
Analogue summing mixer
8-into-2 analogue summing mixer with 26.5dBu of headroom, dedicated ADC, and balanced 1/4" jack outputs.CAST link port for increasing summing mixer to 16-into-2 using Cranborne Audio 500ADAT (sold separately).
Zero-latency artist mixer
Zero-latency analogue artist mixer with physical level/pan controls per channel and DAW return blend controls.2 high-power headphone outputs with independent blend and level controls
High-current 8-slot 500 series rack
<250mA current per-slot with headroom.XLR inputs, XLR line outputs, TRS Inserts (pre-ADC) per 500 series slot.Module source switching options to send Analogue, USB or external CAST signals through your favourite 500 series modules.Module bypass switches per-slot allowing 500R8 to be used without 500 series modules inserted.
CAST ports per channel for relocating analogue I/O around studio using passive or active CAST breakout boxes via standard shielded Cat 5 (boxes coming soon).
24v, 5 amp external locking power supply
External power supply for improved analogue audio performance and heat dissipation.
Designed, Engineered, and Manufactured In The UK
Each and every 500R8 is extensively tested by a team of dedicated engineers to ensure reliability and consistency.