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Aphex Vintage Aural ExciterbyWaves
 Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter by Waves is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter
Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter
Product Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter
Developer Waves
Price (MSRP) $299
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When it was originally introduced in the mid-1970s, the Aphex Aural Exciter brought its distinctive sound to select sessions by leading recording artists, traveling from studio to studio as an exclusive (and expensive) rental unit.

A true ground-breaker, the original Aural Exciter was highly regarded for its ability to increase and enhance presence, brightness, and vibrancy on vocal and instrumental tracks alike. It was even credited as a "session player" on best-selling albums by the likes of Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, engineered by Val Garay, who worked closely with Waves on the development of the plug-in.

Modeled on one of only a few tube-powered units ever made, the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter plug-in delivers all the unique character of the rare original hardware unit, with all the advantages of software.


  • Faithful model of the rare tube-powered original.
  • Adds brightness, vibrancy and depth.
  • Increases presence without raising levels.
  • Perfect for vocal and instrumental tracks alike.
  • Mix and AX modes for insert or send configurations.
  • Mono and stereo components.
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.


  • MODE selects the processing mode: MIX1, MIX2, AX.
  • METER selects VU meter view options.
  • INPUT controls input gain.
  • AX MIX controls the amount of AX (aural excitement) added to the original signal.
  • OUTPUT controls output gain.
  • MAINS controls analog characteristics caused by hum, based on the power supplies of the original units.
  • NOISE controls the level of the modeled analog noise.
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8 April 2014 at 8:37amsyndicat

The Aural Exciter plugin from Waves comes (from "my ear view") very (!) close to the hardware unit. The aphex vintage aural exciter plugin is one i use in the most productions on one or two single instruments or on the master bus / during mastering.

Together with Waves Kramer Tape plugin (very cool on vocals) and iZotopes Trash2 (very flexible, but limited in some parts to get a "real hardware" units analog sound)it round's up my box of saturation / excitement effects.

8 April 2014 at 7:48pmMadAnthony81

Thanks. I'm wondering if they combined the "best of the best" so speak, of all the Auaral exciter's they've used that are true analog. I really appreciate your post and your expertise. IM not a master and I haven't attempted to apply the Aural excited by Waves in all the situations yet. For me i'm thinking about "trashing up" haha, so speak, a dubstep song sometime with the exciter.

Thanks for the input on the Kramer. I'd like to try it on vocals. Brilliant idea. Maybe I can get some shine. :) Peace bro (or sis).

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