Elysia skulpter 500

Discrete class-A mono preamp/channel in 500 series format


The skulpter 500 is the ultimate recording front end. Its audiophile preamp is based on single resistors controlling a fully discrete Class-A amplifier capable of complementing any microphone with a remarkably true and natural sound. If additional mojo is needed, two variable saturation/filter stages and an intelligent onboard compressor make voices and instruments sound like a finished record right from the start.
Whether clean or colored, the sonic bliss does not stop at your mic locker. The skulpter 500 provides a balanced DI input with significant headroom, so just about any signal coming from guitars, basses, synths and effects will benefit greatly from the skulpter 500’s pristine amplification and versatile processing qualities.
Way more than just a preamp, the skulpter 500 is a complete recording solution – everything you’ll ever need in front of your DAW.
• 100% Discrete Class-A Topology
• Pristine audio path and signal processing.
• Audiophile Gain Staging
• Natural and incredibly detailed sound.
• Dual Sound Shaper
• Mojo machine with filters and harmonics.
• Intelligent Onboard Dynamics
• Smart controlled musical compression.
• Variable Low Cut Filter
• Flexible low frequency clean up.
• Balanced DI
• Instrument input with massive headroom.
• Multifunction Meter
• Level, gain, compression and clipping.
• Stepped Controllers
• Exact and repeatable settings.
• 100% Discrete Class-A Topology
• Highest grade audio circuitry, absolutely everywhere: Mic pre, DI, sound shaper, low cut filter, compressor, input and output stages… everywhere.
• Audiophile Gain Staging
• Discrete gain steps using fixed resistors. Controlled by a relay/switch cascade. Very low and high gains with no need for a pad. Ultimate.
• Dual Sound Shaper
• Two variable saturation/filter stages provide multiple options for making voices and instruments sound like a finished record.
• Variable Low Cut
• A filter design which lets the user choose the best frequency for getting rid of low end rumble. Set and forget, or quickly adapt when needed.
• Intelligent Onboard Dynamics
• Just a single knob… but its powerful hidden features enable it to control dynamics in all its aspects. Simple, yet incredibly useful.
• Balanced DI
• A high impedance/headroom direct input for plugging guitars, basses, synth and other sources straight into the powerful preamp and processing stages.
• Multifunction Meter
• An array of fifteen LEDs shows everything you need to know about the output level, preamp gain, compression intensity and internal clipping.
• Pure Phase Reverse
• Exactly the same pristine audio quality is provided in both positions of the switch – no matter if the phase is set to normal or reversed.
• Signal Mute Switch
• This simple yet useful feature allows changing instruments and mics without damaging ears and speakers, or a quick source signal mute while playing back.
• DC Coupled Input
• A very pure and solid input stage which allows direct coupling to a connected microphone without any interfering capacitors in the way.
• Autarkic Phantom Power
• The skulpter 500 generates its phantom power internally, rendering the quality of this sensitive voltage completely independent from external supplies.
• Stepped Controllers
• The potentiometers for the sound shaper, low cut and dynamics have 41 steps, while the gain stages are switched by an encoder with 20 steps per round.
• Ground Layer Shield
• One of the six layers of the skulpter 500’s PCB is a full copper plane which helps to reduce interferences caused by electric fields.