elysia has announced the release of karacter 500, a discrete class-A stereo saturator unit.
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 available for purchase for MAP $975 USD ($1,049 MSRP) / 649 EUR (plus VAT where applicable).