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Cranborne Audio 500ADAT

Supercharge your ADAT-equipped audio interface with this ultra-versatile and ruggedly built expander.

Level Up Your Interface

On the surface, the Cranborne Audio 500ADAT is a high-current 8-slot 500 series rack, an 8-in/8-out ADAT expander, an analogue summing mixer and a zero-latency artist mixer with reference-grade headphone outputs - all within a compact 4U chassis. The 500ADAT is far more than a way to expand the I/O of your ADAT-ready audio interface. It allows you to integrate your choice of 500 series modules into your workflow, streamline your tracking and mixing sessions and create your ultimate digital/analogue hybrid setup.

Analogue Magic

Whether you want to track fat, crunchy drums with vintage-style preamps, record pristine strings with the cleanest processors or create a dream channel strip by mixing SSL, Neve and API modules, the 500ADAT can be tailored to your tastes. The possibilities are massive!

The functionality doesn’t stop at the tracking stage. The 500R8 also allows you to use your 500 series modules as 8 analogue “plug-ins”. Using the dedicated module switches for each 500 series slot, you can send ADAT outputs from your audio interface to 500ADAT, into your installed modules and back to your interface - with that sweet analogue character applied.

When it’s time to mixdown your track, the 500ADAT can function as an 8-into-2 high-headroom analogue summing mixer to give your music that finishing glue and polished quality. With the tactile level and pan controls at your fingertips, you can take a hands-on, old-school approach to mixing. Once you’ve created your high-headroom analogue mix, you can record it back into your DAW using the output jacks on the rear panel.

Digital Might

You can count on the Cranborne Audio 500ADAT 8-slot 500 series rack to capture all the nuances of your analogue signal, without any digital artefacts. This is thanks to the 500ADAT’s exceptional A/D-D/A conversion, low-noise floor, wide dynamic range and THD+N of <0.00032% (@ -4dBFS, 1kHz, A-wtd). All this impressive digital performance is governed by the ultra-fast internal clock, which boasts <0.5 picoseconds of jitter.

Powerful ADAT Interface

As you can tell by the name, the Cranborne Audio 500ADAT features ADAT connectivity. Simply connect up your ADAT-equipped interface via the ADAT lightpipe ports to expand your interface with 8 additional input channels at 44.1kHz to 96kHz or 4 at a seriously high 176.4/192kHz. Plus, the 500ADAT makes annoying tangles of analogue cabling and mismatched operating levels between your interface inputs/module outputs a thing of the past!

Superb Artist Mixer

Cranborne Audio have outfitted the 500ADAT with two audiophile-level headphone amplifiers. These high-headroom amps pack plenty of volume to accommodate the loudest drummers and deliver enough power to drive the most demanding headphones - letting you experience your cans at their full potential. The two aux buses allow you to create crystal-clean, zero-latency analogue cue mixes for your artists, which can then be blended with DAW playback.

CAST Ready

C.A.S.T., which stands for Cat 5 Analogue Snake Transport, is Cranborne Audio’s innovative all-analogue, no latency system that’s unique to their hardware and requires no setup to get going. This system saves you money, costing a lot less than a traditional analogue multi-core, and makes cable management around your studio a lot easier. Thanks to C.A.S.T., you can use readily-available Cat 5e, Cat 6 and Cat 7 networking cables to send 4 channels of balanced analogue audio - with one cable - up to 100m.

The 500ADAT is equipped with 4 C.A.S.T. IN ports so you can hook up any of your C.A.S.T. equipped devices like the N22 and N22H to make relocating I/O around your studio a breeze.

UK Design

Cranborne Audio have firmly established themselves as a builder of supremely high-quality studio hear and the 500ADAT is no exception. Every unit has been meticulously assembled and thoroughly tested by skilled engineers before shipping.

  • 8-in/8-out @ 44.1kHz - 48kHz
  • 8-in/8-out @ 88.2kHz - 96kHz
  • 4-in/4-out @ 176.4 - 192kHZ
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Frequency Response: -1dB, 2.2Hz to >80kHz
  • THD+N: <0.00032% (-110dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • Max I/O Level: +24dBu
  • Capable of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz operation
  • <0.5ps of jitter
  • Dedicated Word Clock Input and Output via BNC
  • External sync options using Word Clock BNC or ADAT
  • 8-into-2 analogue summing mixer with +26.5dBu of headroom and balanced 1/4" jack outputs
  • C.A.S.T. link port for increasing summing mixer to 16-into-2 using Cranborne Audio 500ADAT
  • Zero-latency analogue artist mixer with physical level/pan controls per channel and aux input blend controls
  • 2 high-power headphone outputs with independent blend and level controls
  • THD+N: <0.0006% (-104.4dB) @ 20dBu, 1kHz, A-weighted, 300ohm load
  • Output Wattage (1kHz): 250mW x 2 @ 600 ohms, 650mW x 2 @ 220 ohms, 1.21W x 2 @ 100 ohms, 500mW x 2 @ 32 ohms
  • Frequency Response: 1dB, <1Hz to >70kHz
  • 250mA current per-slot with 2A total for all slots
  • XLR inputs, XLR line outputs, and TRS Inserts (pre-ADC) per 500 series slot
  • Module source switching options to send Analogue, USB or external C.A.S.T. signals through your favourite 500 series modules
  • Module bypass switches per-slot allowing 500ADAT to be used without 500 series modules inserted.
  • C.A.S.T. ports per channel for relocating analogue I/O around the studio using passive or active C.A.S.T. breakout boxes via standard shielded Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cables.
  • Compatible with all Cranbore Audio C.A.S.T.-equipped devices including N22, N22H, Camden EC1, and Camden EC2.
  • External power supply for improved analogue audio performance and heat dissipation.
  • Each and every 500ADAT is extensively tested by a team of dedicated engineers to ensure reliability and consistency.
  • Test Signal Path: XLR Input - 500 Series A/D Converter - APx555 (ASIO)
  • Frequency Response: -1dB, 2.2Hz to >80kHz | -0.05dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.00032% (-110dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.00065% (-104dB) @ -1dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • THD: <0.00014% (-117.5dB) @ -8dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.00023% (-113dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.0006% (-105dB) @ -1dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Max Input Level: +24dBu
  • Test Signal Path: 500 Series D/A Converter - Insert Send - APx555 (ASIO)
  • Frequency Response: -1dB, <1Hz to >61kHz | -0.05dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.0003% (-110.5dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.0004% (-108dB) @ -1dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • THD: <0.00014% (-117.5dB) @ -8dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.00018% (-115dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted | <0.00036% (-109dB) @ -1dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Max Output Level: +24dBu
  • Jitter: <0.5ps
  • Test Signal Path: Aux Input - Line Outputs - APx555 (Line In)
  • Connection Type: 1/4" Jack, Impedance Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 150ohm balanced, 75ohm unbalanced
  • Max Output Level: <+22dBu
  • Freq Response: -1dB, 1.4Hz to >80kHz
  • THD+N: <0.003% @ +18dBu, 1kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 105dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Noise Floor: <-93dBu A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz, (Unity Gain)
  • Test Signal Path: XLR Input - Summing Mixer Bus (Unity) - Mix Output - APx555 (Line In)
  • Freq Response: -1dB, 2.25Hz to >80kHz | -3dB, 1.2Hz | -0.5dB, 3Hz
  • THD+N: <0.0007% @ +23dBu (-1dBFS), 1kHz
  • THD: <0.0003% @ +14dBu (-10dBFS), 1kHz | <0.0004% @ +20dBu (-4dBFS), 1kHz | <0.00055% @ +23dBu (-1dBFS), 1kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 108dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Noise Floor (A/D 9-10): -108dBFS A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Max Contribution Level: +28dBu
  • Pan Law: -4dB
  • Noise Floor (Mix Output): -90dBu, A-weighted, No channels routed | -89.5dBu, A-weighted, 1 channel routed (Unity) | -84dBu, A-weighted, 8 channels routed (Unity)
  • Test Signal Path: Aux Input - Headphone Output - APx555 (Line In)
  • Frequency Response: -1dB, <1Hz to >70kHz
  • THD: <0.0006% (-104.4dB) @ 20dBu, 1kHz, A-weighted, 300ohm load
  • THD+N: <0.00085% (-101.4dB) @ 20dBu, 1kHz, A-weighted, 300ohm load
  • Output Impedance: 0.33 Ohms
  • Output Wattage: 250mW x 2 @ 600 ohms, 1kHz | 650mW x 2 @ 220 ohms, 1kHz | 1.21W x 2 @ 100 ohms, 1kHz | 500mW x 2 @ 32 ohms, 1kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 114.5dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz, 300ohm load
  • Noise Floor: -93.5dBu A-weighted, 20Hz - 20kHz, 300ohm load
  • Test Signal Path: XLR Input - Empty 500 Series Slot - Summing Mixer Bus (unity) - Mix | Output - APx555 (Line In)
  • Phase: <1.5° @ 20Hz, <11° @ 20kHz
  • Test Signal Path: XLR Input - Camden 500 Preamp (Mic Mode, 6dB Gain) - Summing Mixer Bus (unity) - Speaker A Output - APx555 (Line In)
  • Phase: <3° @ 20Hz, <13.5° @ 20kHz (Preamp mic mode, 6dB Gain)
  • Test Signal Path: 500 Series D/A Converter - 500 Series A/D Converter - APx555 (ASIO)
  • Dynamic Range: 118dB A-weighted, AES17 method, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.0004% (-108dB) @ -4dBFS, 20Hz - 40kHz, 1kHz, A-weighted
  • AC Requirements: 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
  • Total Power Consumption: 24v, 5A DC, 120w
  • 500 Series Slot Current: 250mA per rail
  • Total Available 500 Series Slot Current: 2A
  • Operating Temperature: +1 to 30 degrees Celsius
  • Storage Conditions: -20 to 50 degrees Celsius
  • Width: 481mm(19"), Rackmount
  • Height: 185mm(7"), 4u
  • Depth: 219m(8.6")
  • Unit Weight: 7kg

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