Cranborne Audio has introduced its new Camden EC1, a desktop preamp with analog saturation and a headphone amplifier with a discrete line mixer built-in, all fit in a half-rack chassis, making it aimed at musicians, engineers, podcasters and voice-over artists.
The Camden EC1’s preamp design provides up to 68.5 dB of gain, allowing the preamp to pair with low-gain dynamic microphones and ribbon mics. Also onboard is a headphone amp with a dedicated line mixer to provide zero-latency monitoring of the preamp mixed with playback from a DAW.
At the turn of a dial, the Camden preamp takes on the persona of vintage transformer or tube-based preamps using its “Mojo” analog saturation control and “thump” and “Cream” styles. Users can split the Hi-Z signal using the link output to record both the DI and a processed amped signal, allowing for re-amping workflows. The unit’s connectivity includes balanced XLR and 1/4-inch impedance-balanced preamp outputs and a 10 dB pad to prevent clipping converters.
VO artists and podcasters can monitor their vocal channel directly using headphones connected to the preamp itself, and apply Mojo analog saturation control to apply different characters to one’s voice — Thump can be used to create a sense of intimacy or Cream to underline excitement. Podcasters will be able to apply 68.5 dB of gain to low-sensitivity microphones, such as a Shure SM7b or EV RE20, reportedly without adding noise or coloration.
The Camden EC1 features the same reference-grade design developed for the 500R8 audio interface, and its headphone amps deliver up to 1.2 watts of clean power per ear and a flat frequency response from 5 Hz to 70 kHz.