Elysia karacter 500 Series Saturation/Distortion

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  • Discrete Class A Topology running in constant Class A mode
  • Mastering-Grade Saturation generates soft-curve THD for musical symmetrical clipping
  • FET Shred mode, for a broad range of tube-like asymmetrical distortion
  • Turbo Boost shifts the operating point of the distortion circuit in FET shred mode
  • Color Filter changes the harmonics-frequency relation for even more tonal-color variation
  • Integrated M/S matrix lets you process the mid and side signals
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Music is Art. Paint your Tones.

Elysia karacter 500 Saturation/Distortion is 500 Series Module 2-channel Tonal-color Generator with Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Distortion, Turbo Boost, Color Filter, and Stereo, Dual-mono, and M/S Operation.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.

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.

elysia karacter 500 Series Saturation

High-end Signal Coloration

The elysia karacter 500 is a discrete Class A 500 Series distortion module that gives you a staggering range of sonic options, from mastering-grade saturation to tube-style distortion and merciless waveform annihilation. The karacter 500 sports two channels you can use in dual mono, linked stereo, or even a mid/side configuration, making it a supremely versatile tool for any studio or live situation. Use a gentle touch with THD generation and season to taste, or unleash sonic mayhem with asymmetrical clipping. Parallel process with the integrated mix control to achieve the ideal amount of grit. Fine-tune harmonics with the Color Filter network. Tweak away — the elysia karacter 500’s stepped potentiometers let you recall your settings precisely.

Mastering-Grade Saturation

The karacter 500 can add unobtrusive coloration and thickness to your music by applying subtle (or less subtle) amounts of symmetrical clipping. This mode has a soft characteristic curve and focuses on the uneven harmonics (h3, h5, …). Remember you can always use the mix controller to blend any desired amount of saturation with your original dry path for even further signal integrity.

Dual Mono/Stereo Link

karacter 500 gives you ultimate flexibility in terms of configuring its channels:

Dual Mono:

This gives you two fully independent channels of saturation/distortion/destruction – two units in one! This is of course the right mode to process two completely different signals at the same time. Or to send the output of channel 1 into channel 2 for even further mangling… if you dare.

Stereo Link:

In this mode, both channels are linked and controlled by just a single set of controls for comfortably processing stereo sources. The left controllers and switches become the master for both channels. The obvious benefit is that you don’t have to compare and match the settings of your left and right channels all of the time when processing stereo material.

M/S Unlinked:

This gives you the option to process the mid and the side signals completely independent from each other. Then, left becomes mid channel and right becomes side channel. You can apply a high amount of saturation to the mid and leave the sides completely untouched, or the other way round, or anything in between… Different settings of the gain controllers can be used to create subtle or significant changes within the stereo spectrum.

M/S Linked:

The linked M/S mode might seem a little odd, as the behavior seems to be exactly the same as in linked stereo mode. It can still have its benefits, though, as the inevitable divergences between left and right channel which are caused by natural component tolerances will be reduced in this mode, because here the side information of both channels is processed in a single audio path.

Infuse your tracks with rich character

Wish you had racks full of outboard gear to achieve the perfect tonal coloration? At Sweetwater, we’ve discovered you no longer need them — thanks to the elysia karacter 500. An ideal all-in-one solution, the karacter 500 delivers a broad palette of colors, and they all sound lovely, no matter how mildly or aggressively you process. The karacter 500 is designed and built in the company’s factory in Nettetal, Germany, using only top-shelf components, gold-plated PCBs, a robust 4mm aluminum front panel, and solid aluminum knobs. Bottom line, the elysia karacter 500 will be infusing your tracks with rich character for many years to come.

elysia karacter 500 Saturation/Distortion 500 Series Module Features:

  • Discrete Class A Topology running in constant Class A mode
  • Mastering-Grade Saturation generates soft-curve THD for musical symmetrical clipping
  • FET Shred mode, for a broad range of tube-like asymmetrical distortion
  • Turbo Boost shifts the operating point of the distortion circuit in FET shred mode
  • Color Filter changes the harmonics-frequency relation for even more tonal-color variation
  • Integrated M/S matrix lets you process the mid and side signals
  • Dual Mono/Stereo Link gives you true dual-mono and linked-stereo operation
  • Stepped potentiometers let you recall your settings precisely
  • Designed and built in elysia’s factory in Nettetal, Germany

Tech Specs

  • Type:Tonal Color Generator 500 Series
  • Processor Type:Harmonic, Saturation
  • Number of Channels:2 (stereo, dual mono, m/s)
  • Controls:Drive, Color, Gain, Mix
  • Module Slot Size:Double

Power Usage:±16V DC

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