Getting a big sounding and resonating bass can be a tricky thing. Even using every trick in the book with software nothing compares to some good old hardware. In this article I wanted to feture a secret peice of hardware that I have been using to add a hell of a low end punch. It is the Aphex 204 aural exciter with big bottom.
For a bare minimum set up having an analog compressor, good sound card, and the Aphex you can get some banging bass. So on to the Aphex:
Here is some basic info I found from the Aphex website:
For more than 35 years, the Aural Exciter’s patented technology has been the audio professional’s secret weapon, a powerful way to improve and enhance sonic quality more naturally than with equalization.
For individual sounds or entire mixes, the Aural Exciter brings out detail, clarity and imaging that elevates your sound without adding level. For vocals and spoken dialog, it can dramatically increase intelligibility. For individual instruments, it adds punch and presence. And on mixes, it adds power, presence and sparkle. The Aural Exciter is the ideal solution for breathing life into MP3s and other compressed audio files.
Optical Big Bottom
The Optical Big Bottom adds a deep, powerful low-frequency punch, without the unwanted level boost that comes from adding traditional EQ. Deeper, more resonant bass response with tighter articulation helps to extend low frequency power and spectrum without the build-up or driver-damaging tendencies of bass EQ.