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APHEX 1402 bass xciter pedal


Bisgit

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Hey guys, just wanted to drop a line about the Aphex Bass xciter pedal. I got it yesterday and used it on my Show last night... OH MY GOD! this thing rocks. it took my low A string and slammed it into the front mix. I talked about it a few weeks ago, but I finally decided to get it and its worth every penny! I cant afford the rackmount version in either money or rack space so the pedal is great, and its a good DI box for 150! this sounds like a commercial, but its great. I would highly reccoment it, it made my 50 watt peavy practice amp sound like my full rig, and my full rig sound like I was playing 40 8x10 cabs. its great.
you can make stumbling blocks, or stepping stones out of the same things, what have you built?
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Tell me more about this pedal. I have an older multi effect Zoom and I HATE it. But I have not been entirely happy with my tone and would like some flange, compression, etc. Basics. What does the pedal do exactly?

Deep Creek

Knoxville

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I have the rack mount.

 

It's an exciter, it's got a low band and a high band.

 

According to the advertising, it makes the bass more prominent without adding volume.

 

I don't know about that, but the low level control does fatten up the bottom in a very different way than just boosting a bass control does. It seems to act a little like a parametric with a very wide band or a little like very soft compression.

 

The top end control can add sparkle to the sound, once again differently from turning up a treble control. It's not at a specific frequency like a tone control.

 

I've had my rack mount for two years and am very happy with it.

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Originally posted by Bisgit:

Hey guys, just wanted to drop a line about the Aphex Bass xciter pedal. I got it yesterday and used it on my Show last night... OH MY GOD! this thing rocks. it took my low A string and slammed it into the front mix. I talked about it a few weeks ago, but I finally decided to get it and its worth every penny! I cant afford the rackmount version in either money or rack space so the pedal is great, and its a good DI box for 150! this sounds like a commercial, but its great. I would highly reccoment it, it made my 50 watt peavy practice amp sound like my full rig, and my full rig sound like I was playing 40 8x10 cabs. its great.

I love mine, especially through cabinets that are not my own. It doesn't sound bad through my Acme's, but through the average Greenwich Village backline, this thing is it. Magic box, definitely.

 

Let's keep it a secret. Shh.

 

Maury Spadoto

Hoboken, NJ

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I bought the model 1401 acoustic version and have been fiddling with it for the past several days. At low volumes it actually takes some touch away, but at moderate volumes and higher the slight extra punch and the slightly fuller tone are just what the doctor ordered.

 

The one disappointment for me is the relatively high level of hiss it adds, but I am fussy about hiss and dont use any other pedals partly for that reason. I tried three signal chains with it: 1) Pulcinella Level 5 w/passive Aeros => Aphex => Avalon U5 => Stewart World 1.2; 2) bass => Aphex => GK1001RBII; 3) bass => GK1001RBII => Aphex in effects loop. The first and third of these work fine, but for some reason when I use the Aphex between the bass and the GK it hisses like crazy. I tried three cabinet combinations: 1)Bergantino HT-112; 2)Bergantino HT-112 plus EX-112; 3) Epifani T-112. All these trials were just in my practice space, so I dont know what will happen in a big room.

 

The Aphex makes any of the speakers sound fuller, and adds a little punch. I tried all sorts of settings and ended up with all four controls on 5, the straight-up setting. The bottom line for me: I sometimes take just one 1x12 cab with me to practices and quiet gigs and wish I had brought a second 1x12 to get a fuller sound in the deep bass. The Aphex is going to come along instead of a second cab in these situations. So my every-day rig becomes the GK with the Aphex in the loop plus the HT-112. I got some short GeorgeL cables and put the Aphex on top of the GK, since I cant see any reason to use the footswitch, Im just going to leave it turned on and tweak the knobs once in a while.

 

The ability to use almost any standard wall-wart is nice, too. I had a couple of old power supplies in my junk box (for long-gone speaker phones, I think) and they work just fine. I am a little bit tempted to send the 1401 back and get the model 204. It would work nicely in the Avalon => Stewart setup, but I would have to get a bigger rack bag, and it weighs 6 lbs, and on the GK it would block the fan somewhat, yadda yadda yadda. So - probably not.

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kind of almost OT:

 

What is the difference between an Aural Exciter and a Sonic Maximizer? Or are they the same?

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Originally posted by phil6006:

kind of almost OT:

 

What is the difference between an Aural Exciter and a Sonic Maximizer? Or are they the same?

Phil, try a search for this one. I think this has been discussed before. Use terms like "BBE," "Sonic Maximizer," "Aural Exciter," and "Aphex."

 

I think the two share a similar sonic goal, but they have different technical means of striving to achieve it. I don't understand it more than that, unfortunately, or else I'd try to answer your query more completely.

 

I have one of those Aural Exciter rack units that came as part of a package deal when I bought my amp used. I'm not as hyped on it as I thought I would be, but I also haven't worked hard yet to try to maximize its capabilities. I would think the pedal version would be cool.

 

Peace.

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I shall search the LDL for those terms...tomorrow...after I sleep...and go to school...and sleep...at school :D

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Maury, my new GK is *much* quieter than the previous 1001 that I had (and the 700 that I still have). The GK preamp is really high gain, though, which must have something to do with why the Aphex hisses so much when used as a floor pedal in this setup. The GK effects loop is post-preamp.
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Good thought, lawn, but the hiss comes when I switch the box into the circuit - bypass mode is quiet. I tried a couple of different cables, too, GeorgeL's and Peavey. (And it's fine with me to use it in the loop.)
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Originally posted by Ben:

Good thought, lawn, but the hiss comes when I switch the box into the circuit - bypass mode is quiet. I tried a couple of different cables, too, GeorgeL's and Peavey. (And it's fine with me to use it in the loop.)

But the basic premise of the Aphex is increases in certain frequencies, right?

 

Well, it will augment the noise throughout the signal chain; so, say you have a noisy bass, it will increase the noise (think about the hiss you get with REALLY high gain guitar amps). If the GK is really high gain, it will be inherently noiser than your Avalon.

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After a month with my 1401 acoustic exciter, I just sent it back. It sounded good when practicing but sounded "fuzzy" in the mix, playing live.

 

I recently went back from an active bass with a Sadowsky preamp in it to a bass with Aero single coils, to get more punch. With the exciter, I had to add a bunch of punch just to sort of get back to where I started, but with a loss of touch.

 

With the big bottom, it sort of spread the sound out, making the notes longer and less punchy. It added a sort of low-frequency-beat to the sound, hard to describe, but which became apparent in the mix at higher volumes. I decided I liked turning the bass boost up a bit on my amp better, and I have plenty of sustain already.

 

It did help make a bigger sound when used with just one Bergantino 1x12 cab, but taking the aphex out of the loop and adding a second Berg 1x12 sounded a lot better. And since I have the second cab sitting there, and plenty of power, I went back to using both cabs.

 

It's a nice product, well made and easy to use, I just thought that with my rigs it blurred the sound more than it helped it.

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Thanks for a clear analysis of how the box worked for you. It often takes time (and different playing circumstances) to understand what gear changes mean to our sound, and how they alter our playing.

 

So I guess that Pulcinella is still a thing of beauty in your hands?

 

Thanks

Tom

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Acoustic Color

 

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