XQP Audio

Colourupter Optical Disrupter Colour


The Colourupter brings the unique mojo of XQP Audio's Optical Disrupter to the Colour format. At the heart of the Colourupter's sound is a classic optical compressor employed in a deviously non-traditional way: instead being converted to a DC control voltage, the audio signal is sent directly to the side chain. This "incorrect" implementation paired with the natural character of the optical element yields a soft, asymmetrical distortion that remains musical even at extreme gain settings.


  • Optical element gently slopes waveform without hard clipping
  • Emphasis on bass harmonics creates a larger-than-life low end
  • Compatible with the Colour 500-Series Palette
  • Full, step-by-step assembly instructions and guaranteed support


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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Nathan Kleinwolterink
Huge sound and very useful

Very easy straight forward build. Took about 20 or 30 min. I'm using this in the colour preamp and I'm blown away at how big and punchy it sounds. So far I've tracked a baritone acoustic guitar using an EV ND66 and it really brought out the depth and grit of the instrument. I also tracked a drum machine and just about maxing out the colourupter, the whole kit was explosive with punchy bass and a nice bit of dirt that never made things muddy and everything stayed very neat and maintained definition. Very happy with this little board and a satisfying project to break out the iorn for🤘

Pop DaSilva
The Colourupter is AWESOME!!!

If any colour adds the most color its the Colourupter. I liked it so much I had to buy a second one-tracking/mixing-im even playing bass direct thru it!

Beautiful Sound

This sounds absolutely gorgeous on a range of material. Adding texture to bass drums or pushing the whole mix through it, this adds that bit of magic. The harmonics are musical and pleasant. This is not harsh at all and brings that desirable warmth. Well done XQP and DIYRE, inspiring collaboration and great product. Now.......need to buy another!

Paul S.

I couldn’t believe how fast and personal the service was when I made a mistake in my kit. My pair of palettes is now the favorite thing in my rack. Excellent experience!


I LOVE this, it responds so differently to different sources. I have a pair and I'm loving it on sampled orchestral stuff within my electronic tracks, but it's great on anything, so far. My favourite colour. I have a rack of much more expensive gear and this is getting most of the work lately.

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