3 Tips on Effectively Using The T-Exciter
The T-Exciter is designed for adding unique harmonic saturations to certain high-frequency ranges of sound. There are multiple reasons one would use it but the main ones are for adding a unique color and character to the sound, bringing sounds to the front of the mix, making the sound more detailed and shiny, avoiding harshness in the high-frequency range, etc.
In this article, we want to discuss three effective ways we can use the T-Exciter for magical results.
Do you want to save a ton of time and CPU power when mixing a song?
One way I personally use the T-Exciter is at the beginning of mixing a track. So first I imagine I’m not going to use any effects but just the T-Exciter, and then I do my best to make the whole mix sound as decent as possible by just balancing the tracks’ volume levels.
After I’m done planning for the mix and gain staging, before I start applying effects to individual sounds, I insert a T-Exciter into the master buss. While I listen to the whole mix I start tweaking the T-Exciter parameters until I feel like the mix sounds much better.
This way I save a ton of time and CPU because I already get the whole mix improved at some level so I won’t need to use so many effects on individual tracks. Make sure to try this!
Do you want to add air to your vocals to make them sound more pleasant?
The ‘Air’ mode in T-Exciter applies the harmonic saturations to the very high frequencies. When using the ‘Air’ mode on vocals, it is ideal to have the ‘Width’ feature engaged too, as it also adds a subtle modulation effect to the high-end for making it extra smooth.
So instead of using an EQ high-shelf boost, you can use the T-Exciter ‘Air’ mode, which helps your track not sound harsh. It creates a more pleasant-sounding high-end with a unique character.
Try taking the ‘Excitement’ amount to 100% while the ‘Air’ mode is selected to emphasize the breath and air in female and higher-range male vocals. Use the parallel ‘Mix’ knob to control the effect’s amount.
Do you want your guitar tracks more audible and clear in the context of the mix?
The T-Exciter’s ‘Shine’ mode is very suitable for acoustic or electronic guitar sounds. While you can use the T-Imager to spread the guitars and make extra space for them in the mix, the T-Exciter allows you to make them audible without being cluttered with the other sounds in the context. It’s because of the unique character it adds to the sound using the harmonic saturations.
Set the T-Exciter on ‘Shine’ mode, apply ‘Excitement’ to the guitar track while listening to it in the context of the mix, and continue adding more ‘Excitement’ effects until it sounds good.
If you don’t have the T-Exciter yet, grab your 14-day free trial and try these yourself. Log in to your account and download this song's .wav multitracks from the 'Resources' section to try these effects. Music By SIAS.