The Elysia xpressor 500 is an extremely versatile stereo compressor available in API's 500 series format. Best of elysia You got it!
With its many unique features taken from our flagship products, you not only get great compression, but an amount of control on processing which is hardly ever experienced elsewhere.
No matter if you want to set and forget or plunge deep into the secrets of compression, the xpressor 500 is for you. Its discrete audio path running in constant class-A mode provides a superior audio quality which combines a clear and open sound with a good lot of punch.
Stereo buss compression, processing single signals, approaching dynamics in creative ways - the xpressor 500 shines in many different applications.
Discrete Class-A Topology
As a true elysia specialty, the audio path of the xpressor 500 is completely based on discrete circuitry and does not use any integrated circuits at all.
Inspired by its big brothers: the switchable semi automation for a perfect attack on the basis of the value set by the user.
This alternative characteristic of the release curve follows a logarithmic course instead of the standard linear progress and results in a very gentle kind of compression.
The characteristic curve bends and goes back down! Heavy pumping, backward sounds, etc. - perfect for very cool compression effects.
Available directly on the unit: the direct and the compressed signal can be blended in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
A tunable low cut filter in the sidechain of the xpressor 500 avoids overcompression and pumping when there is a lot of low end energy in the mix.
Gain Reduction Limiter
This novel limiter is not placed in the audio path as usually, but restricts the control voltage of the compressor instead.
The xpressor 500 offers a second switchable sound flavor by altering its frequency spectrum, harmonics and transient response.
Analog Dynamic LED Meter
The gain reduction meter modulates its LEDs in their brightness in order to show the action of the compressor in an analog way: fast and with smooth transitions.
All potentiometers in the xpressor 500 have 41 steps which are a great help for recalling your previous sessions fast and precisely.
Who though couple years ago that a 500 series could do an incredible mastering job? You know what? Elysia stuff does.
I had a wonderful mastering session for Trance music and the Elysia Xpressor, combiend with the XFilter were exactly what I needed.
The attack and release settings are sensitive/precise AF and the compression is totally discrete. I wasn't looking for a big colorful sound... but I was down for a great dynamic controlling tool and the options available with the Xpressor gave me the confidence to work the mix till it was done.
Special thanks to Studio Economik and Alex Sergerie.