Excite Audio Lifeline Expanse (Windows)

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System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • VST, VST3, AAX, Standalone
  • 64-bit and 32-bit compatible.
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Breathe Life into Audio

The Lifeline series begins with Lifeline Expanse – an extensive and intuitive multi-effect that breathes life into any sound by adding character, space and width.

Lifeline Expanse creates authenticity and realism by using intricate re-amping techniques. Re-amping is the process of taking an audio signal and playing it out in an environment. The signal is sent through amps, mics and effects to add colour, texture and depth, then re-recorded.

Lifeline Expanse distils this complex technique into a modern, sleek workflow that offers producers instant flexibility and control over every element. Rearrange the signal chain and delicately blend effects using each module’s main controls or the more focused under-the-hood functions.


  • 5 Effects Modules
  • 20 Unique Algorithms
  • Multiband functionality
  • Rearrangeable Modular workflow
  • Resizeable UI
  • Zero Latency

Replicate Realism

Re-amping helps to shape sounds and draw out their unique character. Where producers and engineers once needed hours to set up studios to create ambience and realistic room tones, Expanse can instantly move microphones, switch amps and add effects to create a realistic ‘live’ environment in a few clicks.

Expanse has a versatile range of speaker emulations to experiment with, ranging from classic recording equipment to modern-day devices. From a Gameboy and vintage 8-track recorder to high definition monitors and an electric guitar cabinet, decades of audio authenticity is ready and waiting. You can easily manipulate the age, drive, tone and mix of each element to emphasise each device’s individual qualities.

  • Device: Emulations of small consumer electronics such as phone and laptop speakers.
  • Cabinet: Emulations of medium-sized guitar cabinets.
  • Monitors: Emulations of larger studio monitors with a rich frequency response.
  • Vintage: Uses the impulse responses from vintage recording equipment including a classic 8-track cassette recorder and a ribbon microphone.

Enhance Harmonics 

Dirt uses classic saturation to swerve between subtle warmth and thickness through to hard-hitting distortion and fuzz. Whether you need delicate textures or aggressive overdrive, Dirt takes on the challenge, effortlessly. Warm your mixes with gentle tape or tube saturation, or add a gritty edge to vocals, guitars, basses, synths and drums with Rectify and Fuzz.

The Tube, Tape, Rectify and Fuzz algorithms instantly add distortion, saturation, aggressive harmonics and noise to any sound you want. Using the Drive, Smooth and Tone controls, the intensity or smoothness of each effect can be easily dialled in to suit any context.

  • Tube: Smooth saturation for all-around analogue warmth. Increasing the drive provides heavier distortion.
  • Tape: Adds subtle warmth, glue and fullness. Increase the drive for extra punch.
  • Rectify: Introduces extra harmonics and fuzz an octave above the incoming signal.
  • Fuzz: A heavy guitar fuzz for extreme harmonic overtones.

Digital Damage

Reducing audio resolution to boost your sonic creativity. This is where Format shines – restricting digital audio data to produce warm, grainy layers, or much harsher digital deconstructions, depending on how far you want to take it.

Every element of Format brings a distinct flavour. Degrade and Resample reduce the bit-depth and sample rate to collide two contrasting directions of digital distortion. Flatten combines these effects with a gate to toy with the resolution of the signal’s volume peaks, whilst Washed floods the audio to twist the sound wave into a bubbling, corrupted MP3.

  • Degrade: Reduces bit depth of incoming audio and causes digital distortion.
  • Resample: Reduces the sample rate of the audio and causes digital distortion.
  • Washed: An ‘underwater’ distortion that sounds like a corrupted low-quality MP3.
  • Flatten: A combination of a gate and bitcrusher that reduces the resolution of the audio during transients.

Dream in Stereo

Give your audio movement, energy and tension by making the most of the stereo field. Manipulating stereo width is a vital processing technique in modern music production and allows producers to explore the full reaches of the sonic landscape. Expanse’s unique width controls can help you create vast soundscapes, captivating leads and intimate vocal takes.

Whether it’s through panning, pitching, signal boosting or detuning, Expanse offers balanced and detailed control over your mix. Access the full spectrum of your audio’s potential by utilising effective, streamlined parameters to produce any kind of stereo width processing.

  • Haas: Creates stereo width by duplicating the audio signal.
  • Mid / Side: Alters the balance between the mid and side signal.
  • Detune: Adds pitch variation for a wide, chorusing effect.
  • Mono: Reduces the width of the audio

A New Dimension

Reverb gives sound its organic and vibrant feel. The sonic reflections echo and decay, building natural room and depth in the mix. Use Expanse’s ultra-flexible Space module early in the signal chain as a reverb effect pedal or place it at the end to create a limitless environment for your instruments to explore.

Taking inspiration from classic reverb functions, Expanse focuses on four different algorithms that each offer a wide spectrum of space and time manipulation – the resulting reflections can be realistic and organic or synthetically stretched out. With reverb, time and space are key, and Expanse gives you the parameters and tools to precisely apply as much as you need.

  • Plate: A classic, fast-sounding plate reverb producing the sound of vibrations through metal.
  • Hall: A real-sounding room reverb at its smallest and a large concert hall at its largest.
  • Spring: An emulation of the metallic and vintage-sounding spring reverb from a guitar amp.
  • Slap: Slapback delay that can either add a single realistic, early reflection or create metallic feedback mayhem.


  • 5 Effects Modules (Re-amp, Dirt, Format, Width & Space)
  • 20 Unique Algorithms (1024 different combinations)
  • Multiband functionality per module (For Gain and Effect processing)
  • Drag & Drop Modular workflow
  • Resizeable UI
  • 350 Presets
  • Zero Latency


  • Linkable Input/Output Gain Controls
  • Frequency Smoothing & Gain Safety control
  • Global Bypass
  • Low-Cut/Hi-Cut Filter
  • Dry/Wet Mix Control


  • 8 Speaker Emulations
  • Speaker Age control (With Adv. Multiband processing)
  • Speaker Size & Drive controls
  • Bass Separation control
  • Close Mic / Room Mic Distance & Blend controls
  • Output Gain, Tone, Dry/Wet Mix controls


  • 4 Saturation/Distortion algorithms
  • Drive control (With Adv. Multiband processing)
  • Frequency Smoothing & Dynamics Preservation control
  • Dry/Wet Mix, Output Gain & Tone controls


  • 4 audio resolution reduction algorithms
  • Crush control (With Adv. Multiband processing)
  • Frequency Smoothing & Noise generation controls
  • Dry/Wet Mix, Output Gain & Tone controls


  • 4 Stereo Width algorithms
  • Stereo control (With Adv. Multiband processing)
  • L/R Balance & Bass Mono controls
  • Phase correlation meter
  • Dry/Wet Mix, Output Gain & Tone controls


  • 4 Reverb algorithms
  • Reverb Time control (With Adv. Multiband processing)
  • Room Size, Predelay, Stereo width controls
  • Internal Sidechain ducking
  • Dry/Wet Mix, Output Gain & Tone controls

New in Version 1.1.4

  • 25 new presets across all categories
  • Visual optimisation for enhanced GUI performance
  • Native Apple M1 compatibility

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