Plug-ins often leave my mixes with a collapsed stereo image, sounding dead and lifeless with no punch. The Aphex Exciter returns life to my soft synths and even to my software drums that plug-ins in a final mix struggle to do in an ear-pleasing way.
I Love My Aphex!
I've been playing with one of these for a while now. I use it primarily to get definition and richness out of my acoustic guitar, but it works on anything! The ability to pull depth out of the bass is unmatched by anything I've ever used. By increasing the "Tune" setting you can bring up bass overtones that are, for instance, missing on the D string in a way that adjusting EQ just won't match, or dial it down a bit to clean up a strum. The same is true on the top end, plus it has a "Harmonics" setting that allows you to add "etherial" qualities to your mix. People regularly commend me on my acoustic sound and having and know how to use this thing is largely why. The effect is so powerful there is a real trick to knowing when you've gone too far. I wish it had MIDI-controller selectable settings I could recall, but I still love it!
This unit does what it says
This unit does provide a significant increase to the volume and definition to the low frequencies. It also boosts the clarity and punch of the mid frequencies. I have not set to the high frequencies, since my system reproduces them fine.
One minor problem is that it is difficult to see where the knobs are set, because of the small markings on the knobs.
I am happy I purchased this unit.
Sugar and Spice
Adds a nice sparkle to mids and highs and some perceived thump to the bass. Great SN ratio for final drive stages.
I wish the dials were select-able between free floating and 'clicked' so I could precisely set the controls the same on each channel for stereo and per venue.
'Used it at a gig last night. Patched it after my PROFX-12. It did make a difference, punchier lows, crisper highs. I wasn't too surprised until I noticed that the built-in EQ on the Mackie mixer was set to flat!? Like they say, "Works as advertised without adding problematic gain!" 'Glad I picked this puppy up!
well worth the money
This piece of equipment does exactly what it says on the box.
I totally agree with the other review. I use the Presonus monitor channel and some jbl's in my home/project studio and the sound was sweet.
Punch and presence. No need for eq.
My sales engineer put one aside for me as soon as it became available and shipped it out the day it arrived.
Add one to your recording rig and feel/hear the difference.
Exactly as advertised
I'm the audio tech for a church with no budget and ancient main speakers. I purchased the Aphex exciter for my own rig & brought it in to test out; I got it patched to the Main Inserts (pre-graphicEQ), got everything dialed in, then turned off the processor for a basic A/B test... and the change was pretty dramatic. It gave the low end a lot more "bang for the buck"...which is to say I got a lot more punch without cranking the low eq on the bass or kick. The vocals were more intelligable, and the pastor's voice sounded a lot more natural & fuller. Afterwards I also noticed that my main fader was about 3dB lower than what I normally run. I'll be installing it in my touring rack post haste.
Does the job
A nice rack addition that reclaims some of those high and lows that can get lost in compression.