elysia xpressor

Stereo Compressor with Side Chain Send and Return
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A Versatile Do-anything Compressor

Looking for a great sounding and flexible stereo compressor? You'll find the elysia xpressor can easily handle any compression task. The discrete Class A circuitry keeps your sound intact, just like you want it, without crossover distortion. The xpressor sounds wide, open and punchy and will keep your audio pristine. You'll especially love the Auto Fast feature, a switchable semi-automation that lets you achieve the perfect attack. What's more, the xpressor features stepped pots, so you can always repeat your results.

elysia xpressor at a Glance:
  • Parallel compression
  • Stepped pots
  • Sidechain filter
Parallel compression

Parallel compression lets you dial in a mix of compressed and uncompressed signal. This is a built-in feature on the elysia xpressor. Parallel compression, sometimes called New York Compression, lets you maintain the subtleties of the performance while controlling and taming the dynamics.

Stepped pots

The elysia xpressor features stepped pots, each pot has 41 steps. This makes recalling precise settings very easy, and even experimenting with new settings. No more guessing on where the knob was exactly set to, the xpressor makes it simple.

Sidechain filter

The sidechain filter on the elysia xpressor lets you dial in compression on specific frequencies while avoiding others. For instance: you can compress the bass drum frequencies to your liking without having to compress the entire mix, which would likely lead to over compressing the song. You can really dial in your compression with the xpressor.

elysia xpressor Features
  • Stepped potentiometers for repeatable results
  • Versatile compressor with discrete Class-A topology
  • Auto Fast feature
  • Sidechain filter
  • Parallel compression
  • Analog dynamic LED meter
Put the elysia xpressor into your rack for versatile compression flavors!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
xpressor Cue Sheet
xpressor User Manual
Elysia Xpressor Bypass?
Hands On Review: elysia xpressor

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2 (Stereo)
Controls Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, SCF, GRL, Gain, Mix
Threshold 22 dB to -42 dB
Ratio 1.2:1 to -1.6:1
Frequency Response 10Hz-400kHz (-3 dB)
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Sidechain I/O 2 x TRS
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number XPR

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Great an clean sound

This is a great sounding unity, but since its my first outboard compressor I was expecting more of a character but this one delivers a clean and punchy type of compression. I find it great for plucked synths, percussion, drums, good for low male voice, it has a lot of punch and it is hard to drive it to distortion, I can get 15db of gain reduction on the mix bus without it distortion. Overall great unity for what it does.
Music background: Music Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

The elysia xpressor is a stereo compressor -- but calling it a "stereo compressor" is selling this box way short! The xpressor can handle just about any dynamics control task you throw its way. It features discrete Class A electronics for pristine audio quality. As a straight-ahead compressor, the xpressor is clean and pristine (unless you smack it hard, of course), and provides transparent dynamics control. A single set of controls handles both channels, so it's easy and fast to dial in. But it's the extras that set the xpressor apart. A sidechain with a filter allows you to focus the compression on specific frequencies -- compress the low end without affecting the mids and highs, for example. A switchable Auto Fast feature automatically provides a good attack setting for any sound source. A switchable Warm mode adds nice analog character to your signals. The Mix control allows for parallel compression, where the dry, unprocessed signal is mixed with the compressed signal. I found this worked great on stereo drums as well as on full mixes. You'll find yourself putting the xpressor to work all the time, for tracking, mixing, and mastering -- I haven't found a job it can't handle. By the way, if you're a 500 Series fan, then you'll be happy to know that the xpressor is also available as the xpressor 500, usable with any API-compatible 500 Series chassis. In either format, the xpressor is highly recommended!
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