Excellent plug. So many ways to mess things up and they ALL sound good. Problem is deciding where to go with it. Too far? Yeah, it's still got karacter. Barely audible? Easily sensed with A/B and I've noticed that a chain also works with various settings, stacked on each other. Very cool. A tantalizing result. Easy to manipulate.
ColouR$ CoLOUr$ COLOUR$. Lot's of manufacturers do preamp type distortion/drive/colour plugins, and do them really well. The Elysia's Tone control turns the distortion in the very early part of the range into superbly musical 'variable flavour' OP Amp$. It sits in the 'consider/try on every channel' league .... !!! $eriously good.
One more great saturation tool is not the only one what I have in my collection, but for sure will get good place in my workflow.
by Søren Bendixen
Few knobs, good reaction, so I tend to dail my own setting before trying presets - like an old analog guitarpedal :-) . Sound is good, at lot of...well.. Karacter
by Konrad C
So this thing is a pretty awesome tool to add "Karacter" to your busses or tracks. My friend has the Hardware unit and the plugin emulation is pretty darn close. Love how it can make instruments argressiley poke out of the mix or be tamed into a mellow back leaning sound. The MS matrix makes it versatile just like the hardware. I would like to add that I use tones of saturation and own Blackbox,VSM,Vitalizer as well as Manny other plugs and hardware pieces and this is definitely a welcomed addition.
Love having this unit in plugin form. Sounds incredible.
by rick drumss
this thing is one of the best mid side saturator on the planet!! Thank you Elysia and P.A. for this.
This plugin really has analogue karacter!
karacter fits perfect to my drum and bass tracks, either in parallel or on subgroups, adding a truly analogue sound. Perfect!
I have been using this plugin for adding grit, liveliness to drums, especially on snare, kick and toms. It's very comfortable to dial in a fitting tone with the color knob, I can deal with fine details later. I also have good experiences applying some distortion on already crunched guitars to change overall tone but unlike eq, i can add some sparkle or growling at the same time. What I like most about it: it's really fast to get what you have in mind, if this kind of distortion doesn't work on the program you will know it in 10 second, but if it does, you'll get the sound almost instantly. Parallel processing is nice. I tried to use it for processing a whole mix, but I didn't get any magic results. The mastering layout is clever and fine, only I don't have the experience to hear/use it properly. Nice work brainworx! Thank you!
by eric b.
Absolutely awesome everything from Elysia is great. If you like tube saturation you will love this plugin.