iZotope Harmonic Exciter

Harmonic Exciter

Harmonic exciters can give a sparkle or shine to the upper frequencies of a mix. They can also be used in mid and even low frequencies to add a boost or presence. Add warmth, sparkle and shine with four separate bands of excitation. Like other multiband modules in Ozone, the multiband harmonic excitation is based by default on the four bands set in the multiband section.

Key Features

•  Choose from tube or tape-modeled saturation with adjustable mix controls for each band

•  Unique multiband time offset controls for tightening and adding attack to bass and kick

•  Mid/side processing lets you add color to different parts of the soundstage separately

• New Saturation meter highlights affected frequencies and a post filter to sculpt the frequency output of the exciter

Ozone Advanced Exclusives:

•  New Triode modes simulate the analog warmth of the 12AX7 amplifier tube

 Note: Each band has its own sliders to control the amount of harmonic excitation and the mix of the excited signal with the original signal.

Exciter Modes:

Retro: Retro mode is based on characteristics of transistors with a slowly decaying row of odd harmonics.

Tape: Tape modeling can be recognized as a brighter sound due to the odd harmonics found in tape saturation models.

Tube: Tube modeling is characterized by its clear "tonal" excitation with an emphasis on dynamic or transient attacks.

Warm: The Warm exciter mode is similar to Tube, but is unique because it generates only even harmonics that decay quickly.

 Triode: Triode mode is modeled after a circuit using a 12AX7 vacuum tube. Triode mode uses one half of the tube for a subtler overdrive than Dual Triode mode.

 Dual Triode:  Like Triode mode, the Dual Triode mode models a circuit using a 12AX7 tube, but uses the entire tube, introducing more pronounced overdrive with a slightly warmer tone.


Exciter Controls

Amount: Controls the amount of the harmonic excitation for the selected band.

Mix: Allows you to control the mix of the excited signal with the original mix.

Delay: Setting the delay for a band offsets this band relative to the other frequencies. To learn how and why this works as an exciter, refer to our online mastering guide.

In general, try offsetting the delay for a low band (<150 Hz or so) by about 1 msec. The low band will get tighter, but probably lower in perceived volume. Because it is tighter in time, though, you can usually compress or increase the gain of that band in the multiband dynamics module to get "punch" without a ringing or "flabby" sound.

Like controls on other screens, you can use arrow keys to adjust a selected slider, or the wheel of a wheel mouse, or double-click on the numeric label and directly enter a value with the keyboard. You can reset a slider by double clicking on it.

Oversampling: Utilizes more processing power to increase quality (CPU intensive). 

To Shoot Out the iZotope harmonic Exciter Distortion please go to the Distortion Shoot Out Player


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