To enable greater flexibility in a studio setup, 500R8 and 500ADAT feature streamlined monitor mixing features that enable the engineer to create headphone mixes for musicians during recording and live tracking. An essential element to a successful monitor mix is achieving the right balance between the amount of DAW playback and live channels so that the musician can hear both the DAW and their instrument/voice simultaneously.
One of Cranborne Audio’s biggest considerations when designing these racks is how they can be used together to create a larger recording and mixing setup for studios looking for more connectivity. Connecting 500R8 and 500ADAT together creates a larger recording and mixing setup with 16-channels of simultaneous recording, 16-channels of analogue summing, and an advanced monitoring setup with distributed talkback.
16 channels of recording
Connect the two racks together using ADAT and now 500ADAT’s module outputs arrive directly into 500R8’s ADAT stream which can then be recorded directly into the DAW. In this setup, USB channels 1-8 correspond with 500R8’s 500 series modules and USB channels 9-16 correspond with 500ADAT’s.
16 channels of analogue “inserts”
Through the same connections, you can send up to 16 audio sources out from your DAW and directly into all 16 available 500 series slots to enable you to insert 500 series EQs and Comps directly into your DAW mix sessions to apply analogue colouration onto your stems. Again, in this setup, USB channels 1-8 correspond with 500R8’s 500 series modules and USB channels 9-16 correspond with 500ADAT’s.
16 channels of analogue summing
As well as ADAT, you can also connect the C.A.S.T. link ports of each unit to double the available summing mixer channels to 16. This enables you to send 16 channels of audio out from the DAW and directly into each 500 series module on board 500ADAT and 500R8, create a stereo mix by using all available mix level and pan controls beneath each slot, and finally record the summed analogue stereo mix using a dedicated DAC directly into USB channels 27/28. This C.A.S.T. connection between 500ADAT and 500R8 is completely analogue, zero latency, and sums with 500R8’s summing mixer prior to recording via USB.
More monitoring possibilities
The C.A.S.T. link connection between each rack also opens up more possibilities for headphone monitoring. Through this analogue C.A.S.T. connection, the aux mix created on 500R8 is also sent down C.A.S.T. to enable musicians connected to 500ADAT’s headphone ports to monitor the DAW playback and summing mix connected to 500R8. This same connection also carries the talkback created on 500R8 directly to the musicians connected to 500ADAT to enable all musicians connected to hear talkback from the engineer connected to 500R8. The mix created on 500ADAT also arrives at the blend control of 500R8 to enable the connected engineer and musicians to monitor the mix created on 500ADAT.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Cranborne Audio 500R8 and 500ADAT, when why not check out their User Manuals below for more information on each element of the racks and how they work in practise. The Manuals also feature a comprehensive set of technical specifications that detail their conversion and analogue performance.
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