Elysia Skulpter 500 Series Microphone Preamp


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  • Skulpter 500 can be used as a mix processor and for obvious mic and DI applications.
  • 500 Series Microphone Preamp with Discrete Class-A Topology
  • The Dual Sound Shaper features clever on-board dynamics
  • Variable highpass filter, and a balanced DI input.
  • Overall, the mic pre and DI sound quite clean and natural.

Skulpt Your Signals

The Elysia Skulpter 500 is more than just a preamp; it’s a full front-end solution for any DAW-based recording setup. The Skulpter 500’s audiophile-grade preamplifier is built around a fully discrete, resistor-controlled Class A amplifier that complements any microphone with its gorgeous, open, natural sound and unparalleled flexibility. If more drive is needed, two variable saturation/filter stages and a sophisticated in-built compressor are available to give vocals and instruments that elusive hit-record gloss right out of the box.

audiophile circuit design

Unlike other preamps, which use a potentiometer to regulate gain, the Elysia Skulpter 500 is built with an audiophile gain-staging topology that uses fixed resistors operated by a cascade of relays and electronic switches. The circuit is controlled by a stepped encoder with 40 gain levels ranging from 3-65 dB. This is a fantastic gain range, beginning whisper-quiet and ending with enough gain to handle even the lowest-output passive ribbon microphones. While the stepped gain control makes it easier to recall precise settings, another significant advantage of this configuration is the absence of an additional attenuation pad, which would hurt the signal-to-noise ratio. The gain circuit is followed by a fully discrete Class A amplifier that, like many tube amps, operates in feed-forward mode (with significant negative feedback). This design produces an effortlessly natural, open sound that complements any source, whether instrumental or vocal.

Flexible processing capabilities

Whether you want it crystal clear or thick and punchy, the Skulpter 500’s aural joy doesn’t stop at your mic locker. Almost any source can benefit from the Skulpter 500’s precise amplification and versatile processing capabilities. The skulpter has a high-headroom balanced DI input that can handle virtually any signal from guitars, basses, synths, and effects. Sweetwater is clearing space on our PCs for the Elysia Skulpter 500. You may wish to do the same.

Elysia Skulpter 500 features:

  • The 500 Series mic preamp includes a compressor and saturation and is 100% discrete. Class A topology.
  • Audiophile-grade gain staging with 65 dB of gain is ideal for low-output passive ribbon microphones.
  • Dual Sound Shaper: changeable saturation and filter stages for instruments and vocals.
  • Intelligent onboard compressor.
  • Variable Highpass Filter
  • High headroom, balanced DI input
  • Multifunction Meter
  • 48V phantom power with reversed polarity and signal. Mute switch
  • Stepped controls provide precision and reproducibility.

Additional information

Preamp Type

Class A Solid State Preamp

Number of Channels

Single channel

Phantom Power


Polarity Switch



Shape Harmonic Control, Variable Lowcut Filter


Intelligent Dynamics Control

Analog Inputs

1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)

Module Slot Size


Power Usage

±16V DC

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