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We interview guitarist Derek Trucks & take a look at how to play Derek Trucks style slide guitar.
In our acoustic magazine section - The Quiet Room - we talk with canadian acoustic guitarist Don Alder, with an extensive amount of Live footage he performed whilst he at the Guitar Interactive Studio. Don Alder also provides Guitar Interactive readers with a free guitar lesson on vibrato!
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Aphex’s Aural Xciter has been around as an idea for many years. But does the
magic still work? Michael Casswell finds out.
Back in the mid ‘80s, a lot of the top recording studios would pay mega bucks to hire by the
hour something called an Aphex Aural Xciter for their final mixes and mastering. Nobody
actually knew how or what it did, but they knew it did do something magical when it was
added to the sonic equation. I caught the tail end of the initial frenzy, when the Aphex Aural
Xciter became affordable and people started putting a scaled down rack version in their guitar rigs.
I’m no scientist, or audio geek, but I do know a few
chords and probably a little bit about guitar sounds,
so I’m going to try and explain what the Aphex Xciter
does as I understand it. Here goes! When our guitar
speakers are dealing with all the notes and chords
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we throw at them, they are having to deal with all
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those frequencies in one big lump at the same time.
A speaker will function a lot more efficiently if it gets
fed an organised flow of lows, mids and highs. This
has the perceived effect of more clarity, with replaced
frequency harmonics and a general ‘what have I been
missing all these years?’ type of reaction. So, if you are
still with me, the Aphex Xciter processes your sound
and feeds it to your speakers in a way that makes them
happy, allowing them to work a lot more efficiently,
delivering lots of lost harmonics and clarity that you
didn’t even know you had. It’s almost as though somebody lifted off a big heavy sleeping bag
from in front of your speaker cab.
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From the lessons I learnt from the days of big racks and big hair, I knew this sort of thing is
a bit of a secret weapon when it comes to guitar sounds, so I have had a BBE Sonic Stomp in
my main pedal boards for quite a few years now, and I try not to tell too many people about it
because its my secret. The Aphex Xciter (they seem to have dropped the Aural!) is reckoned to
do a similar job but is much more programmable than the BBE, because you are able to be far
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