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Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal  

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  • Aphex

    The legend of the Aphex Aural Exciter and Big Bottom placed firmly at your feet.

    Take the power of Aphex’s legendary Aural Exciter® and Big Bottom® technologies to the stage. This is one of the only pedals that will help your guitar, bass and your other pedals sound better. Aphex Xciter pedals are designed to deliver the sonic enhancement the Aural Exciter and Big Bottom are famous for, taking it out of the studio and onto the stage. The Xciter pedal brings out the character and nuance of your instrument without adding volume and distortion.

    The Acoustic Guitar Xciter setting is designed for any acoustic instrument with active or passive pickups. Voicing is clean and open, articulation is clear and crisp, and musicality is dramatically improved.

    The Bass Guitar Xciter setting is ideal for any electric or acoustic/electric bass with piezo or magnetic pickups, whether active or passive. Deep tones ring truer, tone is more sustained, slaps and pops cut through without overpowering.

    The Electric Guitar Xciter setting is designed with electric guitar in mind, and works with any axe outfitted with magnetic coil pickups. It increases tonal range and expression, whether running clean or overdriven, adding power and attack without increasing output level.

    If you don’t play guitar or bass, you can still get all the Xciter’s tonal benefits for other electric instruments. The continuous harmonics control allows you to dial in and customize your tone.

    Designed for musicians to easily dial in attack, spaciousness, depth and detail, the Xciter breathes life into your tone by enhancing musical harmonics. Presence is increased creating the feeling of a wider, more spacious sound. Bass frequencies are richer, deeper and more articulate and the emotional impact of your instrument’s tone and your other pedals are highlighted.

    The Xciter pedal brings out the character and nuance of your guitar or bass without adding volume and distortion. And Aphex’s extreme die-cast structural design and materials will let you focus on your playing, not your pedal.

    Features
    • Increased presence and clarity
    • Greater perceived loudness
    • Improved detail
    • Deeper, more resonant bass
    • Little or no increase in peak output
    • Tighter bass articulation

    Whatever you play, get the best tone out of your instrument. Order today.

     

    Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal Specifications:

    • Input Z: 10MΩ
    • Output Z: Instrument: 1KΩ D.I.: 150Ω
    • Lo Freq: 80 -250Hz
    • Hi Tune: 700-7kHz
    • Maximum Input Level: 0.6V RMS
    • Freq. Resp.: 10Hz-30kHz +/- 1dB
    • SNR (Typical): 70dB
    • Power Drain: 5mA
    • Battery Type: 9V
    • External Power Must be CE certified: 5-12VAC 7-17VDC +48V Phantom
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    AphexXciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound quality (8)
    • Compact (6)
    • Responsive (6)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Good selection of effects (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (7)
      • Amateur recording (6)
      • Home studio (6)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Omar has it right!

      This takes my Gibson P94's to a whole new level! Omar said i! I don't want to turn it off! It brings out and balances all 6 strings without overpowering my Roland...Read complete review

      This takes my Gibson P94's to a whole new level! Omar said i! I don't want to turn it off! It brings out and balances all 6 strings without overpowering my Roland AC-60 6-1/4" speakers. And, it is not particular about its power supply - so much more versatile than most battery/external source pedals. All I had to do was find a matching plug in my bag of unused transformers and turn it on. It is well built, hardy, and allows me to bring up a wide range of frequencies without killing the rest of my sound. Picked it up via a Stupid Deal of the Day. So, I got it for a great price - thank you, Musicians Friend!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Xciter pedal very disappointing

      No difference between effects pedal and just having my Marshall AV-100 on overdrive. Thought I was getting more effects.

      I have returned it

      No difference between effects pedal and just having my Marshall AV-100 on overdrive. Thought I was getting more effects.

      I have returned it

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wasted so much time without it

      By Mani52

      from Vieques, PR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • It Brings Out The Best
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

      The pedal brings out the best of my guitars (electric, acoustic and bass). Even out of the cheapest ones. It's built compact and has a sturdy feeling to it and it is easy to use.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome deal on a great effect pedal

      By kermer

      from Chetek, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

        what a difference in sound with my guitar, much more presense and depth, might not even use my other effects anymore.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big Boost

        By tentoetaxi

        from Long Beach, MS

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

          I play a super shallow body Ovation, so I've been in the market for something that would add a little bit of oomph in the low end. I've thought about buying a new guitar, but my amount of funds was not commensurate to my level of excitement about buying a new guitar. I check the "Stupid Deal of the Day" everyday to see if I can get something good on sale. Lo and behold, the Aphex Xciter was on sale a few weeks ago at 50% off. I couldn't pass up the possibilities. The Aphex Xciter was the solution for my problem. The low end boost that I got was a game changer. I can wait and save up for a new guitar, but now I'm not in a hurry.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this peal

          By marsis

          from central Illinois

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                I had the original Aphex Exiter and acoustic pedals. This combines them. This highlights the tones and EQs I want, great pedal.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Overall tone improvement

                By Tone Seeker

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Does What Others Can~~~apos~~~t
                • Feels Well Built
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Can Sound Overdone Fast
                • Large Pedal

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                  This review is for use with electric guitar. I have not tried the pedal with acoustic or bass yet.

                  I bought this along with a BBE Sonic Stomp and an MXR 6-band Graphic EQ pedal and put everything in the effects loop to see if I could benefit from the tone shaping at all. That may seem like a little overkill/over processing (does to me, especially with a really good amp - which I play through), but what I was looking for I got. I use and love EMG pickups, but I must say they lack a little in the low-mid meat and top end sparkle "bite", which passive pickups have naturally. The Xciter really helped to bring some sizzle to the top end without having to crank the amp's treble or presence. I don't like over cranking any one tone element, so the Xciter really allows me to get the bite and top end crunch I'm looking for with the boost only at about 9 o'clock, and roll the treble and presence back down on the amp to flatter levels. The Big Bottom section also adds a lot of fullness back to the lower register. As I said, I personally feel active pickups focus a lot on the upper mids, so the Big Bottom, the 200 & 400 bands on the graphic EQ and a little Lo Contour from the BBE really fill out the low/low-mid frequencies. Now I feel I have the depth and weight and sparkle of passive pickups, but with the punch, drive/power, clarity and definition of active pickups - a true best of both worlds.

                  It does feel like there's a lot of processing going on, much more than I prefer, but I'm going to say the ends justify the means in this case. Everything sounds pretty amazing and it definitely wouldn't be what it is without the Xciter.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A must have for electric acoustic guitar

                  By Guitarman

                  from St. Louis

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                    I was looking for something that i could afford that would give me better tone for my acoustic through a small amp or a small Bose unit that i use and this works. The sound is more transparent and you have control over how much bass or treble. After using this product, i can't imagine playing without it. You enjoy playing longer with sparkle it puts in your sound. Other great musicians have used this device earlier on their recordings and now i know why.

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Does what it says!

                    By pat

                    from houston, tx

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                      This does exactly what it says - the bottom and the highs jump out and really clean up without increasing the overall sounds levels. Watch the video abotu how to use it - turn the highs off, dial in the bottom, then turn off the bottom and dial in the highs, then bring them both up. It makes my les paul go from good to great sounding.

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                      (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Xciter pedal very disappointing

                      By Mr. Rich

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Looks Good

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily
                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Limited Selection Of Effects
                      • No Difference
                      • Not Responsive
                      • Not User Friendly
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                      No difference between effects pedal and just having my Marshall AV-100 on overdrive. Thought I was getting more effects.

                      I have returned it

                      Comment on this review

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Omar has it right!

                      By Lou Soileau

                      from Rayne, Louisiana

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                      This takes my Gibson P94's to a whole new level! Omar said i! I don't want to turn it off! It brings out and balances all 6 strings without overpowering my Roland AC-60 6-1/4" speakers. And, it is not particular about its power supply - so much more versatile than most battery/external source pedals. All I had to do was find a matching plug in my bag of unused transformers and turn it on. It is well built, hardy, and allows me to bring up a wide range of frequencies without killing the rest of my sound. Picked it up via a Stupid Deal of the Day. So, I got it for a great price - thank you, Musicians Friend!

                      Comment on this review

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very nice, subtle effects for bass

                      By nickybaseball

                      from Turnersville, NJ

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Aphex Xciter Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom Effects Pedal:

                      Very nice device! Really seems to "open up" the bass and (especially) electric guitar. Us bass players don't really use a ton of effects generally, and this guy provides low-end punch and some volume without compromising the amplifier. It may be subtle, but the difference in tone is worth it. For recording, it seems especially good when used with electric guitar. Noticeable difference there! I would recommend this piece, yep.

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