Elysia Alpha Compressor
Dual Channel Class-A Professional Mastering Grade Dynamics Processor / Compressor / Limiter with Switchable M/S Matrix
Three rack spaces of audio Nirvana. This is more then just a pretty face, but one svelte, brainy beauty in the form of a mastering compressor.
In fact, The Alpha incorporates the best features of many premium units out on the market - and sounds simply amazing doing so. The build quality is among the best we've ever seen. Signal path is all Class-A discrete, even down to the power supply. Wow! I want one... now!
The Elysia Alpha Compressor is a mighty tool for professional dynamics processing. Featuring innovative functions with perfect technical implementation and an absolutely uncompromising quality of sound, it sets new standards for mastering applications and for cultivating any kind of audio material. It offers M/S processing, parallel compression as well as side-chain and audio filters, just to name a few.
The circuitry is a complete new development that provides an amount of openness and clarity which can hardly be found in present gear. Every single part of its signal processing is realized by using single transistors running in constant class-A mode, and even the side-chain and power supply use discrete circuits. All components are of the highest grade available and were exclusively chosen according to their tonal excellence.
These benefits result in an audio quality that is beyond all doubt. Even when extreme adjustments are used, the sound characteristics stay clean and powerful. Consequently the alpha compressor offers suitable settings for nearly any style of music and can always be employed in profitable ways. The enhanced functions exceed the potential of normal compressors by far and enable unimagined options for mastering and recording tasks.
Listening to an unmastered mix being processed by the Alpha, here's what it does :
The Alpha does M/S-mid side processing-like the Manley Vari-Mu (with M/S option added) which gives the mix both more depth,width and sparkle. Like the Buzz Audio opto, it is capable of parallel compression, as well as both feed-forward and feed-backward style compression, like the API 2500. It has an excellent soft clip function, similar in sound to the Pendulum Audiio PL-2 peak-limiter, and a very sweet sounding 1 band EQ. it also features a filter-to-sidechain function to avoid over-compression of low frequencies, similar to the Requisite Audio L2m MK 2&3 Series.
Elysia Alpha Compressor Features :
100% Discrete Class-A
The alpha compressor implements the art of discrete signal processing consequently. ICs have to stay out without any ifs and buts.
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!
Feed Forward & Feedback
The type of compression can individually be chosen per channel, making two different compressors available at the push of a button.
A switchable semi automation that always provides perfect attack and release on the basis of the values set by the user – even with complex material.
The niveau filter is specialized in forming the tonal characteristics of a track very effectively without much of an effort.
The alpha compressor features on-board frequency selective compression. This avoids complex routings in favor of an effective workflow.
Also directly available on the unit: the direct and the compressed signal can be mixed in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
The direct and the processed signal can be monitored individually or together by the push of a button in each channel (left & right or mid & side).
Soft Clip Limiter
Restricts short and loud transients and smoothens the signal peaks and thereby protects following AD converters from clipping.
The sound of iron: yes or no? Both! The alpha compressor makes this option switchable so you can decide for each track individually.
Analog Dynamic LED Meter
The gain reduction meter modulates its LEDs in their brightness in order to show the compressor’s action in an analog way: fast and with smooth transitions.
Passive Current Attenuator
The alpha's custom discrete gain reduction cell provides extreme speed, enormous bandwidth and superior sound.
This system keeps sensitive parts of the discrete circuitry at a stable temperature and thus protects them against parameter aberrations.
VOVOX Sound Conductors
The internal audio cabling did also not leave any space for compromise. By the use of VOVOX solid core the sound remains vivid, dynamic and punchy.