Realisason 04/2008
Frank Ernould: "The initial impression reveals a very clear and open sound. It is one of these machines where it feels like things sound better by just passing through! Today, high end analog again proves that it is the only technology able to get the very last drop out of a worthwhile source."
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Monitor Magazin 06/2007
Jörgen Cremonese: "I am really amazed by two things: What the alpha does with the audio material, and how easy the workflow is! [...] Uniting all these diverse functions in one unit is simply a stroke of genius, and keeping everything clearly arranged and making it easy to use makes it a complete miracle!"
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Mix Magazine 04/2007
Michael Cooper: "The amount of control the alpha provides in shaping the dynamics and overall balance of a mix is mindboggling, and the audio quality is excellent. If you're itching for a world-class mastering compressor and can come up with the scratch for such an expensive box, alpha is a sure bet."
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Resolution Magazine 03/2007
Nigel Jopson: "It has become an article of faith in some mastering circles that a round trip to analogue and back is a necessity to extract the very last drop from a song. The tools for this are the last bastion of no-compromise analogue design […]. The alpha compressor, from the German company elysia, is aimed directly at this echelon of mastering."
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Studio Magazin 01/2007
Fritz Fey: "The alpha compressor is an exceptional development not to be found in the world market a second time. The integrated M/S matrix plays an important part, of course, and also the details of the sophisticated concept and the elaborate technology push the unit into the top flight of the market easily."
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Pro Audio Review 10/2006
John Gatski: "Pro Audio Review selected 38 products as recipients of the 2006 PAR Excellence Award, awarded at the 2006 AES in San Francisco. The nominees are picked by a panel of engineers who select products based on at least one of the following criteria: potential to improve audio quality, potential to increase audio workplace efficiency […]."
> PAR Excellence Award 2006

Mix Magazine 04/2006
George Petersen: "This is to certify that the following product was selected as one of the top ten technology hits of the 2006 Musikmesse by the editors of Mix Magazine: elysia alpha compressor. This is verified as published in the May 2006 issue of Mix. […] Trying to pick a Top-10 coolest list from tens of thousands of products from 2,500 exhibitors is no picnic…"
> Mix Certified Hit 2006

Alan Yoshida | Ocean Way Mastering | Hollywood, CA, USA
"I am stunned. I am more than impressed! The sound is very transparent, especially the amplifiers are amazing."

Alan's complete statement

Alan's complete statement

"I am stunned. I am more than impressed! The sound is very transparent, especially the amplifiers are amazing. Damn – this thing can pass signal like a motherfucker! Good. You boys did excellent!"

Alix Stanford | Solid Sound Studio | Nice, France
"Great analog is back, with a color and details that stand with the best studio outboards...This is the mastering tool."

Alix's complete statement

Alix's complete statement

"Something new at last in the small world of mastering. What strikes at first sight is the build quality. Built to last, all controllers with detents, the sensation of a well-thought-out product with great attention to the last details. You power up and listen... after a few minutes of getting familiar with it, we ran it through a series of tests, and like 'great cuisine' we savored the finesse, the smart concepti and the efficiency of the product. This one is here for a reason; it's not just another compressor. Great analog is back, with a color and details that stand with the best studio outboards...This is the mastering tool."

Andy VanDette | Masterdisk | New York, NY, USA
"What’s that – a switchable M/S matrix? Well, finally somebody has come up with something like this. The sound is open and transparent ... very good for mastering."

Andy's complete statement

Andy's complete statement

"What’s that – a switchable M/S matrix? Well, finally somebody has come up with something like this. It’s cool that you can listen to the Mid and the Side separately. Sure, in this way you find the right setting for both channels easily. The sound is open and transparent, which really makes it very good for mastering."

Brian Lucey | Magic Garden Mastering | Delaware, OH, USA
"The alpha is easily the most powerful and well built dynamics tool ever made ... The best of German engineering with an inspired design? Yes it is!"

Brian's complete statement

Brian's complete statement

"I was skeptical on the alpha, but it's now the primary where any compression is used. It's easily the most powerful and well built dynamics tool ever made. The variable blending of dry/compressed at a stable level makes both loud mastering and maintaining mix integrity easier. Subtle M/S with the alpha is more musical than I would have guessed and the sidechain/EQ tweaks on the M or S are what really sets it apart. Digital M/S has a number of pitfalls while analog M/S of this depth and quality would be more expensive and complex to set up, and likely not as clean, fast or flexible. Of course it plays very well with color EQs and compressors. And as to quality, 'well built' is a major understatement. Internal construction and layout are both stellar, the case is thick like a vault, and the raised faceplate makes a lot of sense in actual use. The best of German engineering with an inspired design? Yes it is!"

Eric Valentine | Barefoot Recording | Hollywood, CA, USA
"The alpha really helps to get in definition ... you can pick certain instruments in the mix precisely. You know, it’s a pretty remarkable piece."

Eric's complete statement

Eric's complete statement

"The alpha really helps to get in definition. The release feels almost invisible, and this is where lots of other compressors fail. The M/S part of it is a huge addition, as you can pick certain instruments in the mix precisely. You know, it’s a pretty remarkable piece."

Gerhard Wölfle & Dieter Pimiskern | Dorian Gray Studios | Eichenau, Germany
"The alpha compressor enriches our mastering studio with new possibilities and sound colors, and it perfectly integrates into our existing setup."

Gerhard's & Dieter's complete statement

Gerhard's & Dieter's complete statement

Gerhard Wölfle:
“After testing various compressors against each other we finally decided to go for the alpha compressor. It enriches our mastering studio with new possibilities and sound colors, and it perfectly integrates into our existing setup. The look and the craftsmanship are top notch, too.”

Dieter Pimiskern:
“In the meantime, the alpha compressor has become one of my most important tools in terms of dynamics processing. I am using it on almost all of my masterings because of its flexible processing options and its transparent yet very musical sound.”

Günter Pauler | Pauler Acoustics | Northeim, Germany
"The alpha compressor by elysia disproves all of my experiences and reservations. This machine is a milestone in analog dynamics processing."

Günter's complete statement

Günter's complete statement

"In fact I had quit using analog compressors already a few years ago. Compared to their digital counterparts, the analog units often had problems in bringing their effects and side effects into a healthy balance. Probably it is easier to process the huge number of parameters via DSPs than employing a relatively static circuit to achieve the same results. Change of mind! The alpha compressor by elysia disproves all of my experiences and reservations. This machine is a milestone in analog dynamics processing."

Hans Soldeck | Pacific Sound | Iserlohn, Germany
"I got the alpha compressor for a test run and couldn't let it leave the studio again. A technical and visual synthesis of the arts and an unrivaled must have."

Hans' complete statement

Hans' complete statement

"I got the alpha compressor for a test run and couldn't let it leave the studio again. Its great potentials concerning settings, processing and control as well as its excellence of production and quality of workmanship are unique. The audio quality is absolutely fantastic, state of the art. Going from elegant dynamics processing to freaky effects – everything is possible. It is ingenious for any application: tracking, mixing and mastering. Its appearance is unbelievable and the most exclusive I have ever seen. A technical and visual synthesis of the arts and an unrivaled must have."

J-P | Masterdisk Europe | Paris, France
"A mix feature is exactly what I needed! Now I can have both: A hard working compressor and still a nice transparent sound."

J-P's complete statement

J-P's complete statement

"A mix feature is exactly what I needed! Sometimes, you would really like your compressor to work hard for the sound this produces, but at the same time the sound gets squashed so easily… Now I can have both: A hard working compressor and still a nice transparent sound."

Kai Blankenberg | Skyline Tonfabrik | Düsseldorf, Germany
"The alpha compressor is one of these units that make you ask yourself: How did I actually do it before?"

Kai's complete statement

Kai's complete statement

"The only piece of equipment which I really bought on purpose lately was our new elysia alpha compressor. Before it was carried into the studio, I was thinking about an analog compressor that could give you a real grip and would stand out with a special character. Then I heard it, and I knew what I had been missing. The alpha has become a crucial part of my setup – with an exceptional brilliant quality of the 'normal' compressor part of it. And with the additional features like M/S matrix, sidechain, parallel compression and audio filters I can do things that other equipment just wouldn't let me. The alpha compressor is one of these units that make you ask yourself: How did I actually do it before?"

Philippe Tessier Du Cros | PTDC Music | Paris, France
"The alpha compressor is always on my 2-buss. I can’t make without this unit and its M/S matrix ... Everything would sound lifeless and dull without it."

Philippe's complete statement

Philippe's complete statement

"The alpha compressor is always on my 2-buss. I can’t make without this unit and its M/S matrix. At the beginning, I tried bypassing it to hear what it was bringing into the final mix. Everything would sound lifeless and dull without it; the stereo image would also lose its magic. The audio filters are truly efficient; you can really sculpt the low-end so it fits any reproduction system. My mixes sound like they’ve been through mastering, without the compromise. The M/S matrix lets me achieve the right balance between the stereo image and the different elements in the mix. I can also boost levels according to how I compress the mid channel. Mixing and mastering at the same time sounds interesting to me. You also save yourself some transfers, which is really cool."

Plus XXX Crew | Plus XXX Studios | Paris, France
"Whoah!"
"Impressive!"

Plus XXX's complete statement

Plus XXX's complete statement

"Whoah!"
"Impressive!"
"Wicked!!"
"Unbelievable!!"
"I want it!!!"

Rodolphe Plisson | AVRM Mastering | Paris, France
"I like the all-in-one concept of it. You would need quite a number of different units to be able to do everything the alpha does."

Rodolphe's complete statement

Rodolphe's complete statement

"Besides its very sexy look, I like the all-in-one concept of it. You would need quite a number of different units to be able to do everything the alpha does. And this wouldn't only be pretty expensive, but it would also need quite a lot of space. A clever concept!"

Roland Kupferschmied | Brauhof Mastering Studio | Wald ZH, Switzerland
"With the alpha compressor, I have finally found the right tool, because its functions are really tailored to the job."

Roland's complete statement

Roland's complete statement

"There are almost no true mastering compressors in the market, and that’s why quite often more or less modified recording equipment is used for the job. With the alpha compressor, I have finally found the right tool, because its functions are really tailored to the job, and its excellent sound quality characterizes it as one of the few machines that deserve the 'Mastering' label by all means. Because of its extended functionality I can solve virtually any loudness problem, and the transparency of the music is preserved even when extreme settings are necessary."

Stephen Keusch | Gondwana Studio | Bochum, Germany
"What can I say? I'm totally thrilled. Sometimes you do not really feel the compression; it's more something like super fine leveling." 

Stephen's complete statement

Stephen's complete statement

"What can I say? I'm totally thrilled. For all the differences of the two units they are very flexible. That is really a difference compared to usual compressors which, after all, offer one single possibility: more or less, with their specific characteristics always staying on top. The mpressor, however, is a true hammer concerning its flexibility and uncompromising sound. A pure drumkit, no plugins or EQs, only the mpressor in the subgroup: infinite punch! Of course the alpha is much more elegant in its compression characteristics. It adapts to any material almost imperceptible. Sometimes you do not really feel the compression; it's more something like super fine leveling. You get the feeling that the alpha already knows the music and what to do with it. Especially the combination of both compressors on subgroups - which I use all of the time - is the perfect match."

Stephen Marcussen | Marcussen Mastering | Hollywood, CA, USA
"Testing the alpha, we could even bring some groove back into an over-compressed track. It really sounds excellent. Listen! It's an impressive device!"

Stephen's complete statement

Stephen's complete statement

"I'm always skeptical when it comes to compressors, as so much of the material we have here every day is already way much too compressed. Testing the alpha, we could even bring some groove back into an over-compressed track. It really sounds excellent. Listen! It's an impressive device!"

Svante Forsbäck | Chartmakers | Helsinki, Finland
"After having tried the alpha compressor for three days I have to say: What a great sounding compressor ... My search for the ultimate compressor is finally over."

Svante's complete statement

Svante's complete statement

"After having tried the alpha compressor for three days I have to say: What a great sounding compressor. There is no way that this baby leaves my rack!! I have compared it with my other compressors and it is one of a kind. (Fairman TMC, Crane Song, Manley VariMu, Weiss, Neve Masterpiece, Tubetech). My search for the ultimate compressor is finally over."

Yves Delaunay | Dyam Mastering | Paris, France
"Believe me, on these speakers you can hear absolutely everything. And what I can hear from your compressor right now is very, very convincing."

Yves' complete statement

Yves' complete statement

"M/S is very important! I use it on my masterings all the time. The EQ section is also a very clever design, I like it a lot. Believe me, on these speakers you can hear absolutely everything. And what I can hear from your compressor right now is very, very convincing."