Elysia Announces Mpressor
Elysia has announced the mpresso, a new tool for creative dynamics processing. On top of the tried and tested standard features, the mpressor provides several special functions that create fat and freaky sounds by employing a punchy control behavior, colorations full of character and extreme settings. Besides classic tracking applications, its favorite domains are groovy effect compression and creative sound design.
Each of both linkable channels offers a switchable Auto-Fast function that allows very fast yet distortion-free compression without any artifacts. The Antilog circuit generates explicit compression effects such as pumping and breathing. The variable area filters impress sonic seals which range from discreet to striking with the possibility of a continuous frequency shift. Maximum Reduction is a novel concept that makes the complete intensity of the compression assessable with only one controller. Switchable external sidechain inputs make for further flexibility in terms of sound composition.
The circuit design of the mpressor is completely based on discrete analog technology. The entire signal processing is realized with single transistors in permanent Class A mode, and even the sidechain and power supply are composed of fully discrete circuits. Oversized power supplies, capsuled conductive plastic potentiometers, internal temperature stabilizers for critical components as well as special current feedback amplifiers are part of the technical finesse. The combination of these elements aims at the maximum of reachable signal quality and guarantees clean and powerful sound characteristics even when extreme settings are used.
The mpressor is Elysia’s second offering. Their first product, the alpha compressor (above), was released in limited numbers last year as a new creative tool for professional dynamics processing. Featuring innovative functions, stunning design and an uncompromising quality of sound, it sets new standards for mastering applications and for cultivating any kind of audio material. It offers MS processing, parallel compression as well as sidechain and audio filters.
The circuitry is a new design that Elysia claims provides an amount of openness and clarity which can hardly be found in present gear. Every single part of signal processing is realized by using single transistors running in constant Class-A mode, and even sidechain and power supply use discrete circuits. All components are of the highest grade available and were exclusively chosen according to their tonal properties.
One of the most important features is the integration of a switchable MS matrix. This unit transfers the incoming stereo signal into a middle (M) and a side channel (S). Now the M and S channels can be processed separately and are then decoded to left (L) and right (R) again. The resulting possibilities go beyond the potential of a conventional compressor in stereo link mode. For example, you can now process the mostly dominant middle signals like drums, bass and vocals selectively without influencing the stereo spectrum in a negative way.
The mpressor will receive its premiere in Frankfurt/Main at this yearâ€™s Musikmesse. Elysia hopes to ship the mpressor in July 2007. No pricing has been announced. More information on the Elysia Mpressor.