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Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter

Add brightness and clarity to any track, without EQing
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Make Your Tracks Sparkle with ‘Air’ and Excitement


In the 70s, the Aphex Aural Exciter had almost mythical status. It ‘excited’ tracks by restoring the highs lost through the recording and playback processes of the time, and was available only as an expensive rental item.

The Aphex Exciter’s secret for adding sheen, brightness and excitement was based on creating controlled 2nd-harmonic distortion. Now, Waves has captured the original unit’s elegant sound quality, enabling you to make tracks brighter without making them more trebly or forcing you to reach for an EQ.

  • Developed in close association with Aphex®
  • Provides brightness without boosting treble or adding hiss
  • Secret weapon for vocals, guitars, (especially acoustic) and more
  • Add spark and sheen to final masters
  • Controlled distortion adds sonic excitement to tracks and masters
  • Compensates for speakers with weak high-frequency response
  • Restores older, duller recordings by giving them new life
  • Two insert modes and send/return mode give three sound qualities
Watch It in Action

Excite Your Mixes, Brighten Your Masters

  • Add New Life to Vocals & Instruments

    Need to revive a slightly dull vocal, piano, acoustic guitar or synth? Nothing rivals a touch of the Aphex Exciter. A little goes a long way, without needing to boost with an EQ.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Minimum Controls, Maximum Options

    Aphex’s simple interface produces a wide variety of musical effects, thanks to the plugin’s 3 Modes, and the way the effect interacts with the input level.

  • Brighten Your Masters

    Older recordings often lacked the “air” and presence of today’s recordings, which is how the Aural Exciter earned its reputation as a miracle worker. In today’s world, it’s an essential mastering and remastering tool.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Keep It Pristine, or Add Analog Noise

    After extensive analysis, our engineers found that the unit’s inherent hum and noise were part of its sound. Enable them for full replication of the original unit’s sound, or bypass for pristine digital clarity.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Instant Inspiration

    Over 60 presets, including custom ones from acclaimed 1980s mix engineer and Aphex Aural Exciter power user Val Garay, showcase the exciter’s versatility for all types of instruments, masters, mixes, and even PA.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material