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Elysia Xpressor - Stereo Compressor  From Elysia

The same industry-leading feature set and audio quality as the Xpressor 500 PLUS External Side Chaining! One of our favorite dynamics processors just got even better in 19" format.

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Retail:  $1,679.00

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What We Think

“The beauty of the Elysia Xpressor is its flexibility. Compression ratios from 1.2:1 all the way beyond infinity into negative ratios, a sweepable side-chain filter that goes all the way to 1kHz, gain reduction limiting (look this up immediately), and the rack mount version even has side-chain inputs for when you want to duck the mix with your kick or help the bass guitar and kick drum coexist more easily. It's got a clean, open signal path, but when you need character you can really lean in hard and get a lot of great compression artifacts, all while being able to dial it back to planet earth with wet/dry blend and gain reduction limiting.”
- David Barrett, Sound Pure Pro Audio Specialist

We’ve never been one to lightly throw out the “L” word, so you can trust that when we say this we truly, sincerely mean it with 100% of our being - we've fallen in love with the Elysia Xpressor.  
So what exactly is it about this 2-channel dynamics processor that’s convinced us to utter such a powerful 4 letter word? Well, for starters, you have a wet/dry mix knob, a feature we're surprised more compressors don’t include despite the incredible versatility it provides. You’ve got a “warmth” button to quickly add some extra analog tone to your signal (great for beefing up your drum bus or vocal tracks), as well as a selectable side-chain filter to help ensure you’re not getting any mix bus pumping from your heavy-hitting kick. But what really separates this compressor from the rest of the two-channel dynamics processors out there is the incredible power and control that comes from the greater than infinity (negative) ratios and the “GRL” or Gain Reduction Limiter knob. That’s right, negative ratios, meaning the output volume actually gets pulled below your threshold any time the incoming audio exceeds your set threshold. While this naturally lends itself to create some pretty aggressive sounds, setting the GRL knob to restrict the amount of compression to just a few dBs can result in some very usable sounds within even a more traditional, less effect-heavy mix. 
We’ve been using the Xpressor on drum bus pretty extensively (we’d love to try it on other sources, but we’ve only got one and we just can’t bring ourselves to pull it off our drum bus!). Sonically, the Xpressor covers a HUGE range of characters - it can be a very smooth, transparent bus compressor used to bring up your RMS level without any standard compression artifacts (with ratios as low as 1.2, the Xpressor can definitely do subtle, if that’s what you’re after). It can also get incredibly punchy and heavy-hitting. Just check what it does to the drum track in Elysia’s demo video - it does not disappoint.

xpressor in action

The 19" version of the xpressor presents its great sound and flexibility in 8 short chapters.For even more examples, please make sure to watch the 500 series version video of the xpressor as well...We hope you'll enjoy it!Your elysia team.

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    • Elysia Xpressor - Stereo Compressor

Manufacturer's Description from Elysia

You're looking for a stereo compressor. You want pristine sound and can't accept compromise in terms of signal quality. You don't want a one trick pony, but a flexible machine that covers all the standards and then some. And ruining yourself in order to get it is not really an option...
You're looking for the xpressor. Its discrete audio path running in constant class-A mode combines a clear and open sound with a good lot of punch. The clearly laid out functions get you going straight away, while the extended features let you treat dynamics like never before.
Stereo buss compression, processing single signals, approaching dynamics in creative ways – the xpressor shines in many different applications. And should you take your equipment on the road, you'll certainly enjoy the rigid full aluminum enclosure cutting weight into half.

• Discrete Class-A Topology - Pristine audio quality.
• Auto Fast Attack - Perfect attack in any situation.
• Switchable Release Characteristic - Smooth or crisp – the choice is yours.
• Warm Mode - Transparency? Saturation? Both!
• Bulletproof Lightweight - Aluminum housing, panel and knobs.
• Parallel Compression - Mixing direct and compressed signals.
• Sidechain Filter - Frequency selective compression.
• Sidechain Send & Return - External compression access.
• Gain Reduction Limiter - Ultimate control on the compression process.
• Made in Germany - Outstanding component and build quality.

Elysia Audio

About Manufacturer

The beginning was an obsession. Would it actually be possible to build special gear with these features and sound characteristics? Well, since then Elysia has become a union of creative audio enthusiasts who have a clearly defined objective: the development and production of high-quality studio equipment featuring that certain something. We do not want to settle for the status quo and rehash existing concepts time and again. Our objective is rather to adapt our products to current demands in everyday studio life. The initiators of the company founded in Nettetal (Germany) in 2005 are Ruben Tilgner and Dominik Klaen. Affected by countless live and studio experiences as well as by over ten years of pro audio experience they finally created elysia in order to make their personal sound philosophy come true. Ruben looks back on many successful development projects: besides others, he has designed the Transient Designer, the GainStation and the MixDream for SPL. Based on his experience on the marketing sector, Dominik Klaen concentrates on communication, documentation and all topics related to product design. The independence of our enterprise enables us to follow extreme paths in our work. We like to try out a lot and are only satisfied when there is nothing left to improve. Besides, we never discard unconventional ideas airily we test all of them and never form our opinion before doing so. Our most important rule is that the ear always comes first, but we also like to please the eye by reflecting the inner values of our devices on the outside with an exclusive design. This is the basis on that our audio equipment is built. We set value on highest sound quality, exclusive use of top grade components, perfect operability and reliability, appealing product design, exemplary documentation and implementation of innovative features without any Voodoo, but with real profit for daily usage.


Frequency response:                  <10 Hz - 400 kHz (-3.0 dB)
@ 0 dBu, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Mix 0 %             
@ 0 dBu, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Mix 100 %
@ +10 dBu, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Mix 0 %             
@ +10 dBu, 20 Hz - 22 kHz, Mix 100 %

0.002 %
0.006 %
0.003 %

0.056 %
Noise floor:
20 Hz - 20 kHz (A-weighted)

-94 dBu
Dynamic range:
20 Hz - 22 kHz

115 dB
Maximum level:

+21 dBu
+21 dBu

10 kOhm
68 Ohm





User Manual