Hello to all.
I did a search on “aural exciter” and there seems to be no thread started on this topic. I have also been looking for a plugin for this effect. I have to say, that with all the really insightful and complicated plugins created by so many talented programmers, I am surpirsed this effect has not yet been created.
If anyone knows of a plugin for this effect, please let me know.
I did a search on how an “aural exciter” works, and it seems that when affex first offered it in 1974, it was shrowded in mystery.
It is really simple as it turrns out.
The way an arual exciterr works is to add a distortion to a seperate feed of only the high end of the program so as to add harmonics. Then this effected portion is sent out ahead of the orignal track (original track is delayed) a tad to account for the sluggish velocity of the tweeters ability to reproduce high frequencies at the same rate that the woofer is doing what it does.
You can create your own aural exciter “manually” in Audacity by following these steps.
1.) select and duplicate the track(s) you want to apply the effect to.
2.) select the duplicate track. Using the “equalization” function in the effects list, reduce all frequencies to the left of 5k hz down as far as they will go. This essentially leaves nothing but program frequencies above 5k hz
3.) Select the duplicate track. Using the “amplifiy” function in the effects list, bump up the pre-selected, defauult value by about 3 or 4. be sure to un-check the check-box for “allow clipping” (you DO want to allow clipping). The duplicate track now is a high pitched, rather distorted version of the original.
4.) select the duplicate track and using control-1, zoom in so you can see individule wave bumps (I usually hit it about 19 times). Using the shift tool, shift the duplicat track forward a “hair”, maybe 8 jumps (I dont know what fraction of a second this is, but it is not much).
Play bak the duplicate at a level just loud enough to hear a little enhancement. You can use the mute button on the duplicate track to switch between regualr and enhanced mode. Adjust the level of the duplicate track to your liking…too much of an “aural exciter” can be a bad thing, so use it sparingly.
I would love to know how to program a plugin to do this or even a macro of some kind.
For now I will have to keep doing it manually.
Try it, you’ll like it…