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How to Make Acoustic Instruments Shimmer (Tip)

Feb 17, 2014

Tricks of the Mix: Find out how to bring that extra something to your mix using Waves plugins, brought to you by Waves Artists, Product Specialists and enthusiasts like yourself.

The Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter is a secret weapon on acoustic instruments. I will buss all my acoustic guitars, mando, banjo, dobro, violin, etc. through an aux, hit about 3 dB on a CLA-3A Compressor/Limiter, then send it all into the Aphex on the Mix 1 setting, with the input around -1. It makes everything shimmer without sounding brittle or harsh.