The nvelope 500 is a powerful audio processor capable of making subtle or drastic changes to a sound by providing control over its attack and sustain characteristics. This is extremely useful for reshaping all sorts of individual tones, and is a wonderful tool in any mixing situation as well.
The nvelope 500 operates independently of the specific level of a signal, and (unlike with compressors) you do not have to spend a lot of time trying to balance a set of complex controls to quickly get the results you seek.
With its unique Dual Band mode, the nvelope
500 gives you enhanced control over processing, and can easily handle complex
program material. Additionally, its dynamics sections can be bypassed, allowing
it to function as a flexible high/low shelf EQ...
So, the nvelope 500 is a dynamics processor that can change the character of a sound by altering its impulse structure. It gives you direct control over the envelope of a signal by shaping its attack and sustain intensity.
More specifically, a drum set (or individual drums) can be made to sound more aggressive and punchy by accenting the attack, or tones that are already overly aggressive can easily be tamed.
Other useful applications would be on picked or slapped
bass, edgy guitar or any kind of piano recording. Generally speaking, the
nvelope 500 works optimally on audio signals with a significant/percussive
As a balance to the attack shaping, the sustain parameters
offer control over room sound and space. An instrument or a reverb tail can sound
tighter by reducing its sustain, or can gain more depth/make a signal sound
longer by increasing it.
The nvelope 500 is a great tool for shaping individual
signals, but it can be an indispensable resource in mixing situations as well,
as it effortlessly helps you to bring a sound to the front with more attack and
less sustain… or blends it gently into the background by reducing its attack
and increasing its sustain.
A unique feature of the nvelope 500 is the enhanced
tweakability offered in Dual Band mode. Individual frequency controls for
attack and sustain yield excellent processing results without unwanted
artifacts, even when utilized on complex material like a summing bus.
We’re sure you’ll be happy to know the nvelope 500 offers true dual mono or linked stereo operation whether you are using it in Full Range, Dual Band or EQ mode.
When the nvelope 500 is not in Stereo Link mode, the two
individual channels can be used as different processors simultaneously. For
example, you can shape one signal in Dual Band mode in channel L and a
completely different signal in Full Range mode in channel R.
Or, you can connect the output of channel L to the input of
channel R, and then process the frequency response with the EQ first, followed
by some nice Dual Band impulse shaping... As you can imagine, there are lots of
• Discrete Class-A Topology
Pristine audio quality.
• Full Range Mode
Fast & efficient envelope shaping.
• Dual Band Mode
Enhanced frequency controls.
• EQ Mode
Alternative high/low shelf equalizer.
• Mixed Mode
Two different processors at the same time.
• Stereo Link/Dual Mono
Flexible channel use and combination.
• Auto Gain
Eliminates level peaks and distortion.
• Made in Germany
High grade components, solid aluminum knobs.
Discrete Class-A Topology
As a true elysia specialty, the audio path of
the nvelope 500 is completely based on discrete circuitry and does not use any
integrated circuits at all.
To explain the advantages of
discrete circuitry we’d like to present a comparison that might seem a little
odd at first: audio technology vs. cooking! If somebody uses instant meals
exclusively, he will have to accept whatever comes out of the box. A creative
cook, however, focuses on his own special recipes and ingredients.
In this respect, integrated circuits (ICs) are pretty similar to packet soups: they are cheap, mainstream and they simply do not match haute cuisine. So if you want to design an analog audio device 100 % according to your own demands and ideas without any compromise, there will be no way around a discrete design.
The nvelope 500 follows this philosophy consequently. Its complete audio path is a new design which is based on the exclusive use of high grade discrete components. A truly unique recipe!
In addition, our signal shaper operates in permanent class-A mode. This means that the transistors are always conductive, resulting in the absence of crossover distortion and providing a pristine sonic base: the general sound character is always wide, open and punchy.
Full Range Mode
In Full Range mode, the
attack and sustain intensity of a signal can be raised or reduced fast and
efficiently with just two controllers.
The nvelope 500 is a powerful audio
processor capable of making subtle or drastic changes to a sound by providing
control over its attack and sustain characteristics. This is extremely useful
for reshaping all sorts of individual tones, and is a wonderful tool in any
mixing situation as well.
The nvelope 500 operates independently
of the specific level of a signal, and (unlike with compressors) you do not
have to spend a lot of time trying to balance a set of complex controls to
quickly get the results you seek.
Full Range mode is especially fast and
easy to use, as all you need to do is dial in more or less attack and
sustain by turning their specific controllers to the left (reduction) or to the
Similar to a compressor and unlike in
Dual Band mode, you can use the Freq A controller to reduce the influence of
low frequencies on the attack processing (higher frequency = less bass
Dual Band Mode
This mode functions basically the same as Full Range, but it provides more tweakability by assigning the attack and sustain controls to individual frequency selectors.
The nvelope 500 can mutate into a two band equalizer with a high/low shelf characteristic, and even here the channel link for processing stereo material can be activated.
When Stereo Link mode is not active, the two individual channels can be used as completely different processors at the same time.
Dual Mono/Stereo Link
For ultimate flexibility, the nvelope 500 offers true dual mono and linked stereo operation as well – no matter if you are using it in Full Range, Dual Band or EQ mode.
Should distortion or huge jumps in level occur as an unwanted side effect of the attack processing, the Auto Gain function will compensate and get the level right.
The frequency potentiometers have 41 steps for an easy recall, while the gain pots have a center detent for finding their neutral position at once.
If you are interested in learning more about typical measurements and technical specifications of the nvelope 500, this is the right place to check.