Cranborne Ships New Camden 500 pre-amp

by Ronnie Dungan • in
  • MMR Global
• Created: November 1, 2018

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Cranborne Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology have launched the new Camden 500 mic pre-amp.

Camden 500 was designed 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 completely original, custom-designed ‘Camden’ preamp topology that achieves 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.


  • Fully-discrete, transformerless design featuring our custom ‘Camden’ preamp topology designed by 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, <5 Hz to >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

The Cranborne Audio Camden 500 – 500 Series Preamp and Signal Processor is available now priced at £299 RRP inc VAT.


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