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Elysia, Alpha Compressor
Old 22nd May 2006
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Elysia, Alpha Compressor

This baby is definately the coolest box of the show. I couldn't take my hands off it, kept coming back to it all the time (to the annoyance of the creators ). It by far exceeded my expectations, both sound wise and build quality wise. It's sturdy as hell, the knobs could probably survive a hit with a sledgehammer.

The sound: Anything you want it to be! In feedforward mode it can be abused like crazy (I managed to get a slap bass loop to sound like it was played in reverse! This with out any nasty distortion). In feed back mode it's more tame and can be used for extremely subtle thickening (the ratio of 1,1:1 is very nice!) and transparent compression.

The Mid/Side button is a real treat! That's the mode a lot of people will leave it into as it's quite hard to destroy anything with it (of course one has to watch out for stereo "holes" that might happen if the middle is ducked too much compared to the side).

I'm still learning the unit and it's of course very difficult to hear exact details here at the exhibition but it's immediately obvious that the Alpha Compressor is true high-end design. Last but not least, the Elysia guys are very friendly and obviously very proud of their product. They truly deserve to succeed!

Old 23rd May 2006
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Looking forward to hearing the Alpha "In Situ", I can't believe how addictive the eq section is when u start playing with it, the Mix knob is another great tool, parallel compression "In the box"!

Congrats to Ruben and Dominik, you guys nailed it!!

Old 23rd May 2006 | Show parent
Did you know that the guy that designed this helped design (or designed) the SPL Transient Designer..?
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... and the MixDream & GainStation.
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i will get mine in 2 weeks ser.002 !!! ohhhhhh yessssssssssssssssssss
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Originally Posted by RobAcid
i will get mine in 2 weeks ser.002 !!! ohhhhhh yessssssssssssssssssss
You lucky bastard, I have to dream of mine a couple of years more
Old 31st March 2015
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How close does the plug in sound to the hardware?
Old 14th February 2017
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I think this clean mastering compressor is awesome. The only problem I have is the price. I could buy a Pendulum Audio ES-8, OCL-2, and Manley Vari Nu compressors for the same price.
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