Elysia Karacter 500

Elysia keeps cranking out the hits giving the masses new inventive tools to add to the analog arsenal. This next piece of gear adds just about any kind of tonal enhancement from subtle saturation to all out distortion.

NETTETAL, GERMANY: high-end studio processor manufacturer elysia is proud to announce availability of the karacter 500 — a discrete class-A stereo saturator symbolising the latest addition to its line of 500 products — as of November 16…
As a discrete class-A device, the karacter 500 covers a complete sonic spectrum, including mastering-grade saturation, tube-inspired distortion, and glorious destruction. Want more? Add THD (total harmonic distortion) generation with soft touch, wide ranges of asymmetrical low noise clipping, and massive sonic mayhem — an astonishing array of options are available.
The karacter 500 offers two individual channels that can be used in dual mono, linked stereo, and Mid/Side configurations, making it a fantastically flexible tool for any studio or live scenario imaginable. Its unique Color filter network allows for subtle or extreme harmonics-frequency relation tweaks, while the integrated Mix control for parallel signal processing helps to dial in just the right amount of enhancement or grit. Stepped potentiometers ensure fast and precise recall of earlier settings.
“Gone are the days when only racks full of outboard gear could achieve these elusive and highly-desirable styles of tonal coloration.” So says elysia Head of Development Ruben Tilgner, before adding: “The karacter 500 is the perfect all-in-one solution; it offers a wide palette of different colors, and all of them sound beautiful, no matter how hard or gentle you drive it.”

The karacter 500 is made in Germany, exclusively using top-quality components, gold-plated PCBs, a rugged 4mm aluminium front panel, and solid aluminium knobs. It is available from any elysia dealer for $975.00 MAP ($1,049.00 MSRP), or 649 € net (plus VAT where applicable), and is shipping right now.
The karacter 500 can be seen and heard on elysia’s Youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/elysiaTV