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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.
Slip it in your cart and slap it to your rig - you've got nothing to lose but a flabby bottom end!
Reviewed by 18 customers
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.
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.
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 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.
This makes my bass sound much fuller and better. It is amazing- it just sounds like I have a better amp.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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