Elysia karacter 500

Discrete class-A stereo saturator in 500 series format


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.