This debut product from a new British company is not just another mic preamp...
Cranborne Audio are a new British company set up by a small group of bright young product designers, all of whom share a determination to build products they want to use themselves, and to build them ‘the right way’, with no shortcuts, and no compromises. One of their most audacious aims is to “deliver ground‑breaking performance, with UK manufacturing at prices that will surprise everyone”. It’s quite a game plan, but Cranborne are off to a very good start with their debut product, the 500‑series preamp I’m reviewing here, and there’s a pair of very impressive, innovative 500‑series racks about to go into production too: the 500R8 doubles up as a multi‑channel USB audio interface, and the 500ADAT features bi‑directional analogue‑to‑ADAT conversion. Both racks boast other interesting features too, including a summing mixer and monitoring facilities.
Clearly, setting up a brand‑new audio‑equipment company is not for the faint‑hearted, but this team has a wealth of previous experience, gained mostly from working at Soundcraft, where they developed products including the Signature, Ui and Si series of mixing consoles.
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