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Aphex Bass Xciter Pedal
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The Aphex Bass Xciter Pedal is for all types of basses with magnetic or piezo pickups, active or passive. Voicing is tailored for depth and sustain w...Click To Read More About This Product
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Aural Excitement for your bass!
The Aphex Bass Xciter Pedal is for all types of basses with magnetic or piezo pickups, active or passive. Voicing is tailored for depth and sustain while adding life to the bite and slap tones.The Aphex Bass Xciter has great action response, speeds up attacks, and makes small bass rigs sound much bigger.
Features patented Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom technology
Designed for the electric bass
Lo tune, lo blend, hi tune, hi blend controls
1/4" input jack
1/4" output jack
XLR DI output
9V battery or AC adapter powered
Reviewed by 18 customers
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I use big bottom with big and small rigs and it does add depth and booty to my tone. On a Jazz bass, it gives a bottom end that is missing from the tone of a jazz bass. On P-Bass it adds tons of clarity and bottom. I leave it on all the time. I leave it on, set it and forget it.
The bass exciter adds clarity and definition to my sound but does have a tendency to emit a loud hissing sound when I am not playing. At first, I thought that the pedal was defective, so I exchange it for another one and have the same hissing problem. I know that it is not the amp or basses because the noise goes away when I turn off the pedal. This pedal will add to your tone but don't expect miracles. I use it with GK heads and cabinets, Fender and Musicman basses and I definitley feel that it adds to my sound. I just wish that it wouldn't hiss.
While at the NAB in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, I stopped in at Aphex's booth. None other than Donn Werrbach, the inventor was there. After a brief chat, including history (they were next to SWR at the time), he told me I gotta get one. I did. I was so blown away, I use it at every gig. It has an odd intermittent problem in the top switch. I press the switch several times and the problem goes away.
Aphex did a good job on this for the most part. I picked this thing not really knowing what to expect from it, as reviews were either glowing or harsh. I was really just hoping to get something to fatten up my tone when running direct to FOH when using small PA setups. Well, it works GREAT for that. It adds bottom end when you're trying to get some oomph out of a system that doesn't really have any. It also makes small practice amps sound a lot bigger. Seems to be well constructed, too. The pots all feel smooth and are tapered evenly. The switchgear seems to be pretty sturdy, too. There are only a couple of minuses I have encountered. As was mentioned earlier, the DI output is a bit on the weak side. Also, if you are running it through an amp or system that has ample clarity on the low end, it seems to muddle up the tone. It makes my Ashdown sound like a $300 Peavey practice amp. All in all though, it's a really useable piece of gear for not a lot of money. I'd recommend the Bass Exciter to anyone looking to fatten up gear that needs a bit of help on the low end.
This device does do what it claims- adds low end without extra volume and adds definition to your sound. Controls are easy to dial in a sound that fits your needs. Note that going to extremes on the low side will eventually add volume and clip your preamp. Going to extremes on the high will eventually add hiss. But is easy to just back off on both until sound is just right. The switch on mine can be tricky- sounds like speaker distortion, but I just click it off and on again and it's clear. You won't turn it off anyway, so this isn't an issue. My only problem is that as a DI box it doesn't have a level control, sound is at -50 to -60 from the DI and the sound guy may ask for more level you can't give. I don't slap/pop much, but this is where it really shines. If you play percussively and have a passive bass, you should get this without a doubt. If you play rock/svt style it won't hurt, but results aren't as dramatic.
Im speechless, this is a must have for any bassist. The lows are thumpin and dont become muddy, the highs are snappy and have a nice bite. The active/passive, lifted/grounded and wet/dry options add alot. I played this at Guitar Center with a crappy ibanez and through a crappy rogue, and it sounded like a warwick being run through a GK full stack. I cant say enough good things, Great work Aphex!
This makes my bass sound much fuller and better. It is amazing- it just sounds like I have a better amp.
I use this pedal with an Ibanez SR-1200 and Fender BG-32 (acoustic/electric). It thickens and enhances the sound of the Ibanez (which has a very thin sound, otherwise), while it creates an enhanced acoustic sound for the Fender (which has a very thumpy sound). The Exciter is subtle, but it noticeably improves the sound of my basses without sounding artificial. It is as much a part of my sound as my technique and my instruments.
This was well worth the money I paid. It adds so much depth to my tone and makes the notes very intelligently pronounced. This will make even a cheap bass sound five times as expensive. No complaints here.
Sometimes you take the bad with the good. This is the best tone enhancer I've used. I don't know WHY it needs a switch, you should leave it on ALL the time. Now the flaws. 1-FLIMSY phone jacks soldered directly to the circuit board will eventually need service. 2-All jacks are on the BACK & should be on the SIDES. Jacks interfere with using the 3 switches which are also on the back. 3-The graphics are teeny-bopper. 4-A hassle to change the battery. 5-Supposed to shut off when plugs removed but mine just keeps draining the battery. I use a power supply now so that is no longer an issue for me. OTHERWISE such a great sound that even with the flaws I'd HAVE to buy it again. I'm ADDICTED to the sound. I won't play or practice without it. "Oh baby what you do for me!"
Right now I have a Peavey millinum bass and it has jazz bass pickups. I love the clarity of jazz basses , but they never seem to be as thick and full as p basses no matter how much I mess with the Eq. I had been thinking of getting a P-J type bass but then I saw this. I gave it a try and I'm glad I bought it. It thickens things up and even makes my tone more clear than already. Now I can't play with out itl
I was looking for something that would give me some depth and tone - something like a Tech 21 Sansamp - but more cost effective. I looked at several options, but I liked what I saw with the Aphex 1402. I was familiar with the rack-mounted versions of the Aural Exciter and other Aphex units, so I felt comfortable buying it. I must say - I am impressed. The tone is really fat and round without sacrificing punch and clarity. The 1402 is very easy to set up, the tone shaping is pretty slick and it's whisper quiet. Tons of flexible power options are a huge plus for this unit as well. I've seen some negative comments about the construction and the durability - this remains to be seen for me - right now, my 1402 is working perfectly and I've got to say - it's one slick little gizmo.
This little pedal is a great addition to any rig. It cleaned up my sound a boosted bass response without blowing my speaker. It's like adding an extension cab. This thing can also turn any amp into an acoustic guitar amplifier. Now my guitarist is getting the acoustic version. You won't want to turn it off.
The Bass Xciter does exactly what Aphex says it does. It's very easy to use and dial in the sweet spots for you bass & amp combo. The Big Bottom is just that BIG, but not boomy or muddy in any way. Adds a nice punch and quite a bit of meat to your total sound. I've also used it as a direct box for recording and it performed flawlessly. I'll never play without it again.
...make it this one. This effect is hard to describe as it seems part Compressor, part EQ, & part Sustainer. What is easy to describe is the result....phenomenal. Breathes new life into your bass & amp. Bottom end gets thicker, but not muddy. Top end gets snappier, without getting too bright.
I Play a Variety of Gigs, Blues-Rock-Funk- ect. I got this to use as a tone box for my cheezy little Home recorder, on A whim I brought it to a gig... This thing has not left my live rig since, That was two years ago. I turn it off Then I Dial in the Amplifier to get the tone that I want, after I have the tone that I want I add in this pedal. This Pedal gets you deeeeeeeeeeep, yet it retains all the clarity and Punch you could ever want, Its effect does seem subtle, (It seems to add "Air") But you will notice if you accidentally kick it off. You do have to spend some time dialing it in, because different Basses will require different settings, Different Amplifiers will require more or less mix. However, No Mid-Scooping,Marshall playing, Bottom Crazy, guitar player will ever get close to your bottom end ever again...This is heaven in a stomp box. It does feel Cheap but I have it in a stompbox case (Guitarist always mention that I have a lot of pedals for a "Bass Player") so I am not Plugging and unplugging it all the time it has not let me down once, and I do travel a lot.
This is not an incredible piece of equipment that will make you sound great, but it definately helps improve tone. It adds a nice warm thump to my passive basses. It really adds a thick warmness to my tone that is subtle and natural, but very useful. I say it's worth the money, but I also haven't tried many other pedal preamp/DI boxes. I also run my upright through this because it doesn't add that "active" sound that preamps often do to the signal. It allows my slap to sound punchy and my walking lines to sound smooth. It enhances your sound, not messes with frequency levels like an EQ, so it affects your tone uniquely. I suggest it. I've had no problems with it yet. No strange hissing, feedback, or noise that is usually associated with adding pedals to the signal path, nor does it pop if you turn it on and off. The different power source features (phantom, battery, or any adapter) make it super convenient at a gig and at home.
Have you ever played a gig in some dive where the PA system was purchased at a radio shack? How about your practice amp, does it sound like the little 20 watt box that it is? Trust me, I tried a myriad of effects looking for something that will improve the overall sound, and I did it like this. I picked up the cheapest bass in the music store, and plugged it into your average, run of the mill practice amp. This made it sound a bit better. So then I took a much better Bass, a nice five string priced at a couple thousand, and it sounded KILLER!It enhances the lower end without making the sound muddy, increasing definition (the first thing that gets lost), not to mention how well it can enhance the highs. So much gets lost in your bass sound as it passes through all the cables, curcuits, speakers, smoke filled air before it hits your ear. This enhances the nuances that get lost in that chain. It has a balanced output, can be phantom powered, and you can use almost ANY adapter to power it.What I didnt like: I would rather have the knobs straight across the top.The finish isn't the best I've seen.I wish the guitar jacks were on the sides.All said, this has my stamp of approval.