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The secret... well not anymore.
on November 6, 2011
We have been playing with this device attached to our live PA system for a while and people in the scene ask us for our "punched" sound. Well this is the secret.
This device is a mystery black box that doubles the value of your equipment by flicking a switch.
Apparently the generic term for this kind of device is "aural exciter" (if you want to look for alternatives). This device enhance the harmonic frequencies from the signal that is entering and correct the phase of conflicting harmonics. It avoids conflicting signals to cancel out resulting in a lowered fidelity of sound for higher and lower registers.
Describing it in qualitative terms, the bass will sound loud and contained in the bass low register without invading other instrument sound frequencies. The guitar will shimmer without stepping in the opaque and dark/warm register of the bass instruments, the drum will sound snappy and defined and the voices very clear without been muddled by the other instruments. It feels like it give a protagonist role to each instrument. Everything will sound like a studio recording. And of course you can regulate the amount of enhancement you want to apply if you find it too synthetic sounding.
Each channel has two knobs one for "Lo contour" that seems to work like bass boost an a "Process" that controls the amount of FX and presence.