Apr 28, 2011

Zach McNees has a detailed review on SonicScoop of the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter, a collaboration between Waves and Aphex to bring the original tube unit back to life in plugin form. Like all the Aural Exciter units, it’s designed to add brightness and presence without a perceived increase in overall sound levels. Here’s what Mr. McNees said in his review:

“The design of the plug-in is bold and straightforward with no guesswork needed. Controls for MODE, METER, INPUT, AX MIX and OUTPUT are all easy to access and large enough to be able to tell what you’re controlling quickly. There’s also an additional section called ANALOG for Waves analog noise modeling and characteristics caused by hum based on power.

…AX Mode is absolute gold on drums. I tend to do a lot of subtle parallel bus compression from aux sends and the Aural Exciter is an excellent addition in that arsenal. I set up aux sends at unity sending off all of my kick and snare faders into the Aural Exciter in AX mode and blended the return very slightly with the dry drum bus.
The results really are stunning, adding crispness to the kicks and snares and giving the whole kit a lifted sense of space. Certainly a great deal of intense listening and A/Bing needed, as it’s very easy to use too much of the AX signal, but the payoff is well worth the time spent to get it right.”

While you can’t get your hands on an original tube Aural Exciter, the plugin version is a faithful recreation that’s available for $250. It works at resolutions up to 24Bit/192kHz, and supports RTAS, TDM, Audio Suite, VST and AU. It functions in mono and stereo, and is compatible on both Mac and PC workstations. –Mike Bauer

Link to the SonicScoop article.

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