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Old 21st September 2012
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Exciter/Harmonizer

Hi Guys!

I was wondering if anybody can explain me the difference between a harmonizer and a exciter? Are they more-less the same devices? Or completely different?

Your help is much appreciated!

Kind Regards,

Pier
Old 21st September 2012
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They are two different animals. Harmonizer is a pitch shifter that gives you harmony voices on top of your original signal. For example:




Exciter is a much more subtle effect, it gives you an enhanced high frequency response with the help of phase manipulation and harmonic distortion, among other "black magic" processes. lol It made a lot more sense in the tape age, cause you could get a believable, crystal clear high-end without having to cope with the elevated noise level.

Old 21st September 2012
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Actually the Aphex Aural Exciter works based on adding harmonics and can be tuned to add HF or LF harmonics.

The BBE sonic maximizers work based on Phase Alignment to add clarity.

Harmony and Harmonics........two different things.
Old 22nd September 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Manfrensengensen โžก๏ธ
Actually the Aphex Aural Exciter works based on adding harmonics and can be tuned to add HF or LF harmonics.
What about the Aphex Big Bottom, is it tuned to add LF harmonics too?

Is it a good idea to mix a Bass guitar track with it?
Old 26th September 2012
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Hello,

This is my first post as a gearslut.
I am considering getting the actual model of the aphex exciter and so I've found this treat.

I was watching the video above and wonder if there is any schematic of the original tube version of the exciter. It would be a nice diy project rebuilding the original.
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