The skulpter 500 is the ultimate recording front end. Its audiophile preamp is based on single resistors controlling a fully discrete Class-A amplifier capable of complementing any microphone with a remarkably true and natural sound. If additional mojo is needed, two variable saturation/filter stages and an intelligent onboard compressor make voices and instruments sound like a finished record right from the start.
“The elysia skulpter starts with a Class-A transformerless mic preamp with a repeatable, stepped-gain attenuator control using a continuous rotary encoder – not a conventional potentiometer ... As I turned the Gain control, ‘under the hood’ I could hear various relays toggling in/out cascades of precision resistors.
elysia has a winner with this unique sound-shaping microphone/DI channel. I found it a worthy contender to lead in a new class of modern audio processors. Highly recommended!”
Whether clean or colored, the sonic bliss does not stop at your mic locker. The elysia skulpter 500 provides a balanced DI input with significant headroom, so just about any signal coming from guitars, basses, synths and effects will benefit greatly from the elysia skulpter 500’s pristine amplification and versatile processing qualities.
"Adding some Shape is akin to the warmth and character of a classic valve preamp. This is an extremely well designed and engineered device that covers many bases, effortlessly flowing from clean and detailed to rich and warm or bright ... Very, very good!"
"You get a very good mic preamp, an excellent DI, a universal compressor that shines especially on electric string instruments and voices, plus a sound shaper going from subtle to extreme. There is not a single bad thing about it, besides the fact that you will want more than a single one."