Posted by Greg Cameron on August 02, 2004 at 17:52:00:
In Reply to: Aphex 204 Aural Excite and Optical Big Bottom vs. dbx 120A posted by Al Bruder on July 31, 2004 at 16:28:32:
One thing to be aware of with the subharmonic synths, is that they can add harmonics an octave below your lowest program frequency. This means if your subs aren't high passed for protection, they can unload if the frequencies hitting them are below the tunning frequency, and kill them. Even if your subs are capable of reproducing frequencies that low, it hogs up a lot of amp power. And, you should be sure you have enough subs to actually make such a device worth while. I know Rat has used the dbx unit with at least one of their acts, but their subs are tuned to go low enough to handle it, not to mention that they always use more then enough subs to get the job done.
As far as the exciters go, most pro companies don't need or use them. They're more of a studio/broadcast tool, IMO. The general consensus is that they're a bit overhyped for live use, and more a mask for an inadequate system then a necessary item.
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