C.A.S.T. Cable Management And Distribution
On the back of Camden EC2 are two rather unusual-looking Cat5 ports... no, these aren’t the same as you see when you restart your router when it inevitably packs up – these ports are Cranborne Audio’s C.A.S.T. system, and they might be the best thing since XLRs.
C.A.S.T. stands for Cat5 Analogue Signal Transport and Camden EC2 utilises this unique system for distributing audio around the studio or stage using affordable Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cabling whilst achieving the highest sonic results.
Essentially, C.A.S.T. repurposes the 4 twisted pairs and the shield of ethernet cables to transport 4 balanced, analogue audio channels between two Cranborne Audio products.
Camden EC2 features two C.A.S.T. ports that are designed for use in two different ways. Connect it’s C.A.S.T. Output to Cranborne Audio’s 500R8 or 500ADAT, and you can send Camden EC2’s preamps directly to the interface's inputs ready for further processing and recording.
Whilst at the same time through the same cable, 500R8/500ADAT transmit their built-in monitor mix directly to Camden EC2’s headphone mixer for monitoring.
This allows 500R8/500ADAT users to locate Camden EC2 into the live room using a single Cat 5e, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cable whilst freeing-up 500 series slots in 500R8/500ADAT for more EQ and Compressor modules and extra processing before hitting 500R8/500ADAT’s converters.
Connect Camden EC2’s C.A.S.T. IN port to Cranborne Audio’s N22 or N22H and you have a cost-effective analogue snake. You can use N22 or N22H to relocate Camden EC2’s rear panel I/O to a remote location such as a vocal booth or live room up to 100m away from Camden EC2 itself
These breakout boxes enable the engineer using Camden EC2 to make the most out of the available studio and run an N22 into a hallway, reverb chamber, or alongside the musician in the isolation booth using Cat 5e as cheap, high-quality, analogue multicore.