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Recording engineers make a lot of decisions on how they process tracks based on mere convention. Seuss’s Onceler and the bass gets thick like molasses and difficult to distinguish. It was missing punch. Like the Aural Exciter, the Big Bottom also processes through a side-chain, aphe that the original signal passes on through, and you add the processed effect 24 taste at the end of the chain. But unlike an EQ, the Aural Exciter’s harmonic processing doesn’t boost the signal’s output level, so it maintains a clear and balanced sound.

It’s a delightful band-aid, but it’s still a crutch, and the fact that I’ve been shown, yet again, how broken our legs are is very much irritating.

Why can’t Ralph Nader take on the less kanual recording engineers and champion the few good ones who not only know what they’re doing, but really do care? Our Vault pages may have some display quirks. Installed Sound – Ideal for adding intelligibility and clarity to challenging spaces and loudspeaker placement, the Aural Exciter can deliver audio clarity under the most demanding conditions. Part of this is simple compression, in that a kick drum at real levels would destroy most loudspeaker setups, mznual even fairly good ones, if it were presented in its full dynamic range.

Too little mix and it’s relatively harmless, but it limits what you’ll get out of the process. Uneven adjustments throw everything out of whack. For individual instruments, it adds punch and presence.


For live and recorded web streaming, the Aural Exciter adds the definition and dimension that’s so often lost in the compression of today’s Internet audio. Monitor engineers also depend on the Aural Exciter to improve clarity and articulation of monitor and in-ear mixes on stage without having to increase volumes to dangerous levels.

The Aphex enhances what already exists. Ben Harper, Burn to Shine, “Suzie Blue” – The beginning of this song is intentionally altered to sound ultra vintage, i. Posted Mon 16 Dec 13 7: Posted Tue 02 Sep 08 1: After clearing myself of the dubious practice of arbitrarily adding foreign reverb to electronically paste an unrelated environment on top of my own, or for that matter whatever might be left in the recording, the topic of the Aphex unit returned, and Barry mentioned that one was coming.

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In other words, an audio processor intended for the benefit of subjective effect. However, I suspect that on some level my remarks may have peeved a pickle or two. He offered to hook me up with somebody in the manuxl, set up a review sample, yadda, yadda.

Posted Tue 02 Sep 08 I’ve always used BBE and came across this Aphex which has more control to adjust each channel but don’t know mabual about it.

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I had no problems with the CD as is, and yet I liked it a little better through the Turn it down, and you’ll get more midrange body. Well, I have no direct evidence, but I consider the circumstantial clues overwhelming. I say initial experience because dynamic expanders have an inherent problem.

Unlike a resonant device that keeps manuual signal around by stretching it out in time, the Big Bottom keeps it around by simply pushing any remaining decay, before the noise gate nipped it, up in level. Sarah McLachlan, Surfacing, “Witness” – Although there’s a fair degree of variation on vocal recording through this album, it’s all quite close in terms of proximity to the microphone, be it buried in reverb or right up on you. A mobile DJ might be looking to produce a heavier, more pronounced bass from a smaller system for example.


Posted Mon 16 Dec 13 I won’t say there’s anything necessarily wrong with this mabual of enhancers.

Needless to say, my preparation was lacking. I’m not a peavy fan, but this thing kicks ass!

Because most people don’t have a freaking clue, let alone give a darn. And to throw insult on top of injury with a little bit of salt and lime, since stereo operation requires identical settings of both channels, I have to do twice as much knob turning, AND I have to take pains to make sure the settings are identical.

I suspect they say this because we’re more familiar with human voice, and therefore we are less tolerant to coloration, however enticing it may sound. But, the point is that tubes do indeed sound good in such a case where the harmonic distortion is substantial enough to hear but not so high as to be noticed as distortion.

Aphex is very clear that the is used entirely and exclusively for subjective enhancement it feels good. I don’t mean to sound down on these things. Playback on a system with fairly flat, extended frequency response, low distortion, and let alone any kind of soundstage, is rarely the case.

I have used all three units and settled on the Aphex for my live sound rig. Good kit but totaly different job.

In addition, anyone can reference this article and use it to refute any of my opinions by showing where I admitted that I preferred the path of the infidel.