elysia has announced availability of its karacter coloring box in a single rack space 19-inch unit. In addition to the complete feature set of the existing karacter 500 series module, a new feature of the karacter rack version is its CV capability. External control voltages routed to the rack allow modulation or recall of its Drive and Mix parameter settings by analog synths, MIDI-to-CV interfaces and many other sources which can be used to feed the karacter with oscillator rates, value sweeps, and setup changes.
The karacter offers two individual channels that can be used in dual mono, linked stereo, and Mid/Side configuration, making it, says elysia, a remarkably flexible tool for any imaginable studio or live application. The company tells us that the karacter's unique Color filter network allows subtle or extreme harmonics-frequency relationship tweaks to take place, while the integrated Mix control helps dial in just the right amount of enhancement or grit. Stepped potentiometers ensure fast and precise recall of favorite settings.
elysia CEO Dominik Klassen, told us, "The additional control voltage capability of the rack version brings a whole new dimension into the world of saturation and distortion. In no time at all, you can create the most organic and vivid sounds out of plain and static sources. And the entire unit is designed with discrete class-A topology, so even the most lo-fi sounds will benefit from karacter's high-end touch."
elysia tells us that the karacter is made in Germany, exclusively using top-quality components, gold-plated PCBs, a rugged 4mm aluminum front panel, and solid aluminum knobs.
The original karacter 500 module can be seen and heard here...
Pricing and Availability:
The karacter is available from any elysia dealer for $1,499 MAP ($1,679 MSRP), or 990 € net (plus VAT where applicable), and is shipping right now.