Elysia LE Vinyl Karacter 500 Color Box in 500-Series


A unique and creative limited edition finish of Elysia's world-class Karacter 500-series that utilizes real vinyl records!

What we think:

Building off of the incredible success of their Xpressor, Xfilter, and Nvelope 500, the powerhouse team at Elysia have just announced probably their most exciting and unique 500-series processor yet, the Karacter 500. As stated in their product release, “Gone are the days when only racks full of outboard gear could achieve these elusive and highly desirable styles of tonal coloration…”, so essentially, get ready to have full access to a huge variety of different types of saturation, distortion, and sonic enhancement to make your instruments and mixes shine. 

Just like all of their other 500-series processors, the Karacter comes standard with a Mix knob, which really opens this color box up to being so much than just a heavy-handed saturator. Thinking practically, blending in 30/40% of a tube-style distortion on drums would retain the original transient punch while adding a fuller, beefier tone. Blending in an even lighter amount of solid-state sheen on a full mix would add a subtle excitement to the mix while retaining the tone of the instruments. Really the possibilities are endless with the controls provided on the Karacter 500, and if it’s performance is equal to that of the other 500-series Elysia units (no reason it wouldn’t be), the Karacter 500 is sure to be one of the most flexible, powerful, and affordable tone control units out there.


Manufacturer Description:

High-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is excited to announce the release of their newest product: the karacter 500. This discrete class-A device covers a complete spectrum of sonic possibilities, including mastering-grade saturation, tube-inspired distortion and glorious destruction. Want more? Add THD generation with a soft touch, wide ranges of asymmetrical low noise clipping, massive sonic mayhem – an incredible range of options are available.

The karacter 500 offers two individual channels that can be used in dual mono, linked stereo and even Mid/Side configuration, making it a remarkably flexible tool for any imaginable studio or live scenario. The karacter’s unique Color filter network allows subtle or extreme harmonics-frequency relation tweaks, while the integrated mix control for parallel signal processing helps to dial in just the right amount of enhancement or grit. Stepped potentiometers ensure a fast and precise recall of earlier settings.

“Gone are the days when only racks full of outboard gear could achieve these elusive and highly desirable styles of tonal coloration...”, says elysia's head of development, Ruben Tilgner. “The karacter 500 is the perfect all-in-one solution: It offers a wide palette of different colors, and all of them sound beautiful, no matter how gentle or hard you drive it”.

The karacter 500 is made in Germany, exclusively using top quality components, gold plated PCBs, a rugged 4mm aluminum front panel and solid aluminum knobs.

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