The karacter 500 is said to cover a complete spectrum including
mastering-grade saturation, tube-inspired distortion and glorious
The official release and shipment of the first modules will happen on
November 16th, and the price will be exactly the same as for Elysia’s
other 500 series modules. A rack version also will be offered in the
foreseeable future, at the beginning of 2016.
Key features include:
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,
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
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
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
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.