Ex­cit­ing times

Future Music - - FEATURE -

One of­ten over­looked ef­fect that can be par­tic­u­larly use­ful when build­ing tex­tu­ral sounds is the ex­citer. Many peo­ple mis­un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween ex­citers and EQs, as the ‘fizzy air’ which ex­citers pro­duce can some­times be achieved – in part – by adding a high-shelf EQ band and boost­ing up­per fre­quen­cies. How­ever, there is a cru­cial dif­fer­ence: whereas EQs can only boost or cut the vol­ume of ex­ist­ing fre­quency con­tent, ex­citers ar­ti­fi­cially create har­mon­ics, us­ing a cho­sen fre­quency point and build­ing new har­mon­ics above it to thicken duller sounds. As a re­sult, they of­fer a hy­brid, syn­the­sised ap­proach that can be any­thing from dreamy to fierce. A sound de­signer’s se­cret weapon!

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