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.
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).