Elysia karacter 500


Discrete class-A stereo saturator in 500 series format

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The karacter 500 is a box full of vibrant colors. It covers a complete spectrum including mastering-grade saturation, tube-inspired distortion and glorious destruction. Gone are the days when only racks full of outboard gear could achieve these elusive and highly desirable styles of tonal coloration…
This all-in-one solution offers two separate channels which can be set up for dual mono, linked stereo or linked and unlinked M/S operation. Integrated mix stages for parallel signal processing and the unique Color Control add to its remarkable flexibility.
The entire unit is designed with discrete class-A topology, so even the most lo-fi sounds will benefit from the karacter’s high-end touch. Enhance your tracks or decimate everything ? It’s a matter of karacter.
? 100% Class-A Topology
? Expensive boutique sound made affordable.
? Mastering-Grade Saturation
? Gentle THD generation with a soft characteristic.
? Tube-Inspired Distortion
? Wide ranges of asymmetrical low noise clipping.
? Glorious Destruction
? Turbo Boost for massive sonic mayhem.
? Color Filter
? Harmonics-frequency relation tweaks.
? Dual Mono/Stereo Link/Mid Side
? Signal matrix for maximum flexibility.
? Stepped Controllers
? Fast and easy recall guaranteed.
? Made in Germany
? Build quality without compromise.
? Discrete Class-A Topology
? The input and output stages as well as the complete audio path are fully discrete designs running in constant class-A mode. The result: Signal coloration, high-end style.
? Mastering-Grade Saturation
? In this mode, the karacter 500 generates gentle Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) with a soft characteristic curve, resulting in very musical symmetrical clipping.
? Tube-Inspired Distortion
? In FET Shred mode, the behavior of the karacter 500 changes drastically. The sound instantly reminds of tube amplifiers, with a wide range of asymmetrical distortion.
? Glorious Destruction
? Now, this is pushing the envelope. The Turbo Boost shifts the operating point of the distortion circuit in FET shred mode and generates even more asymmetrical wave forms.
? Color Filter
? The Color control changes the harmonics-frequency relation with tons of interesting variations. Middle is flat; turn left for more dub and right for more shred.
? Integrated M/S Matrix
? As an alternative to standard stereo operation you can process the mid and side signals, opening up completely new options for your work!
? Dual Mono/Stereo Link
? For ultimate flexibility, the karacter 500 offers both true dual mono and linked stereo operation, while in M/S mode the channels can be linked or unlinked as well.
? Stepped Controllers
? All potentiometers of the karacter 500 have 41 steps, which is a great help for recalling your previous sessions fast and precisely.
? Ground Layer Shield
? One of the six layers of both PCBs is a full copper plane which helps to reduce interferences caused by electric fields.