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Hmmm … couple of things, more than one way to skin a cat (ugh! ;))
Why are you only using half the stereo bus of the mixer?
In my case it would make no sense, because of course I stream my signal in stereo to the Internet.
Perhaps it would help if I said how I might use your Aphex Exciter:
In my mixer, I would use one channel of the Exciter as an insert only for my vocal mic channel, because I’d want to work with it until I have my voice how I want it, which would definitely be different than anything else plugged into the console. I could tweak it without affecting other things.
Then I would connect the Effects AUX send to the other Exciter channel, but instead of returning it to an AUX return, I would return it to an unused mixer channel and block off its Effects AUX send (accidentally sending a signal to itself would cause a direct feedback … very bad things would happen). Now I not only can I play with its level and EQ in a channel fader rather than the unit itself, but I can also adjust any individual channel’s wet/dry mix separately, again without touching the unit itself. IOW, I set that Exciter channel’s controls for a broad overall sound I like and control the amount of signal it gets from each separate instrument, voice, stereo pair (panned hard Left and hard Right respectively) from a stereo sound source, etc.
See that? Everything has a lot of control, especially my on-air voice. All that would be left, if you did something similar, would be to set a 2-channel compressor/limiter to prevent loud stuff from clipping (and also splashing out of frequency), and a 2-channel graphic EQ (to kill spurious noise harmonics) down stream.
You’d have a great stereo signal to send to the Internet from, say, the Mains out to a digital interface, and maybe the tape-out to your RDA Combiner to your TX. Or however you want to set that up after the chain … could be the other way ’round, Tape Out -> interface ->computer ( and onto the ‘net), mains -> RDA Combiner -> TX … whatever works best for you.
Hope that made some sense.