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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
- Active/passive switch
- Lo tune, lo blend, hi tune, hi blend controls
- 1/4" input jack
- 1/4" output jack
- XLR DI output
Reviewed by 18 customers
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!"