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BBE Opto Stomp Pedal

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The BBE Opto Stomp Compressor guitar effects pedal offers you a soft-knee design that yields transparent control of dynamics and very musical compres...Click To Read More About This Product

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The optical compressor from the BBE B-Max bass preamp in a pedal.

The BBE Opto Stomp Compressor guitar effects pedal offers you a soft-knee design that yields transparent control of dynamics and very musical compression reminiscent of the classic designs of the best vintage optical-element compressors of the '50s and '60s. Other features include LED compression indicator, non-slip rubber bottom, easy-access 9V battery compartment and included external power supply.

FEATURES
Vintage optical limiter
Soft-knee compression perfect for acoustic-electric instruments, basses, and guitars
LED compression indicator
Output and ThreshoId controls
True hard-wire bypass
Powered by 9V battery or included external power supply

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SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (±1dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 101dB
THD: 0.01% @ 1kHz
Noise: -94dBu
Input Impedance:
Instrument 1 MEG Ohm
Output Impedance:
Instrument 1 kOhms
* 0dBu = 0.775Vrms
Power Requirements:
Battery: 9VDC
Battery Life: 50 hours
Power supply included
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BBEOpto Stomp Pedal
 
3.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (4)

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    (1)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for end of the chain compression

I think some of the other reviewers may have received bad units because mine works flawlessly.If I set the volume to 3 o'clock, I get unity gain. And when I turn the compress knob...Read complete review

I think some of the other reviewers may have received bad units because mine works flawlessly.If I set the volume to 3 o'clock, I get unity gain. And when I turn the compress knob I do indeed notice a soft compression. Oddly, no extra noise is added to the line as I turn up the compression. I know it's soft, but I figured I'd hear *some* noise increase. Nope. Nada, zero, zilch, which is truly awesome since noise is why I'm ditching my EHX Soul Preacher pedal.Also, when you compress the sound, you don't need to then also readjust your level knob. Level is level, compression is compression and they don't appear to interact with each other. Perhaps there's and internal circuit that not only compresses as you dial the knob but also adjust the output simultaneously. Whatever the reason, it's another great thing about this pedal: you set your volume, you set your compression and you're done. No having to go back and forth.I gave it lower than ideal ratings for features because I'm the kind who appreciates extra knobs. This guy behaves a bit differently than other compression pedals, so maybe it's a unique design that doesn't require the extra knobs. I've designed a software compression module that would only need these two knobs, so maybe they took a similar approach. Anywho...I found that at the front of the chain the OptoStomp simply levels out my chords, which is really all I want from a compression pedal (for the most part - I'll use a hard compression on solos or certain rhythm parts in the studio).I wanted a buffered compressor since it's the first in a long chain, so this doesn't fit that bill. I actually found that the cheap Behringer CS400 works fairly well for me. It's buffered and allows for subtle compression. The buffer does kill some low end though, so I'll keep looking for a good compressor with a totally transparent bypass. I'm hoping the DOD Milkbox works for that. I have their Bi-FET preamp and the buffer on it is superbly transparent and quiet...That said, I found the OptoStomp works really nicely at other locations in my chain, mostly toward the end. It compresses so subtlely that it works just like a final compression stage during the mastering phase of recording. Very shweeeet. My phaser no longer jumps out too much and my overdrive sound is warmer and fuller, a bit more buttery with less high freq artifacts.BBE recommends this for the end of the chain, and I can see why. It's subtle, it's not truly needed, but it does make your effects chain sound tighter and more evenly leveled.Me likey.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worthless for guitars

This was the fastest I've ever returned a product. It offered practically no compression whatsoever. The instructions mentioned a toggle switch that would change the sensitivity or something, but that feature was evidently...Read complete review

This was the fastest I've ever returned a product. It offered practically no compression whatsoever. The instructions mentioned a toggle switch that would change the sensitivity or something, but that feature was evidently removed to save costs, because the pedal no longer has that switch. I exchanged this pedal for the Visual Sound Comp 66 compressor, which you can hear on the 2nd half of the attached video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a12bb3gD1uM

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for end of the chain compression

By FrostBottomBoys

from Knoxville, TN

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Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

I think some of the other reviewers may have received bad units because mine works flawlessly.If I set the volume to 3 o'clock, I get unity gain. And when I turn the compress knob I do indeed notice a soft compression. Oddly, no extra noise is added to the line as I turn up the compression. I know it's soft, but I figured I'd hear *some* noise increase. Nope. Nada, zero, zilch, which is truly awesome since noise is why I'm ditching my EHX Soul Preacher pedal.Also, when you compress the sound, you don't need to then also readjust your level knob. Level is level, compression is compression and they don't appear to interact with each other. Perhaps there's and internal circuit that not only compresses as you dial the knob but also adjust the output simultaneously. Whatever the reason, it's another great thing about this pedal: you set your volume, you set your compression and you're done. No having to go back and forth.I gave it lower than ideal ratings for features because I'm the kind who appreciates extra knobs. This guy behaves a bit differently than other compression pedals, so maybe it's a unique design that doesn't require the extra knobs. I've designed a software compression module that would only need these two knobs, so maybe they took a similar approach. Anywho...I found that at the front of the chain the OptoStomp simply levels out my chords, which is really all I want from a compression pedal (for the most part - I'll use a hard compression on solos or certain rhythm parts in the studio).I wanted a buffered compressor since it's the first in a long chain, so this doesn't fit that bill. I actually found that the cheap Behringer CS400 works fairly well for me. It's buffered and allows for subtle compression. The buffer does kill some low end though, so I'll keep looking for a good compressor with a totally transparent bypass. I'm hoping the DOD Milkbox works for that. I have their Bi-FET preamp and the buffer on it is superbly transparent and quiet...That said, I found the OptoStomp works really nicely at other locations in my chain, mostly toward the end. It compresses so subtlely that it works just like a final compression stage during the mastering phase of recording. Very shweeeet. My phaser no longer jumps out too much and my overdrive sound is warmer and fuller, a bit more buttery with less high freq artifacts.BBE recommends this for the end of the chain, and I can see why. It's subtle, it's not truly needed, but it does make your effects chain sound tighter and more evenly leveled.Me likey.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal!

By Bluesmann

from Chicago, IL.

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

I bought this pedal to use for electric bass signal compression. The Opto Stomp is very simple and easy to use. I also use the BBE Sonic Stomp. The addition of the Opto Stomp was a tremedous enhancement to my overall tone quality. Compression is transparent and very effective. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best compressor that I have used for electric bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I needed!

By femmejammer

from Bar Harbor, ME

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Effective
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky Size And Shape

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

I was hesitant to buy this at first after reading a few qustionable reviews and still deciding how I feel about compressors. I got it on a whim and am so glad I did! I put this pedal in between my gain and wah to avoid toning down my tube screamer too much, but masking some of the white noise from my wah. As a dedicated p90 player in a power trio where I have to cover lead and rhythm, this thing has been crucial. I use it sparingly, mostly for chunky rhythm chords and for use with my wah. I also leave it on if I've got a few bars rest to avoid having my p90 hum get in the way without having to adjust my volume knobs. Not sure what the people that can't notice any effect have going on in their rigs, but this pedal was a perfect fit for me!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good pedal

By justin scala

from detroit

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Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

its a good pedal. kinda big tho. ive used many other compressors and this is one of the best sounding ones. its super quite and does its job. the only thing is this price seems alittle much for a two knob pedal too me, luckily i got mine through a trade. i guess its easily worth it if you want good compression and are willing to pay
you have your output (level) and threshold. its a compressor alright... standard issue no un needed bells and whistles like many dumb pedals.
quality seems to be great both sounding and psyichally. thing weighs around 3 pounds

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great for Bass, Not so Great for Guitar

By Kazwell

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

I think BBE needs to point out more clearly that this is more of a bass than guitar pedal. For guitar it sucked tone, offered little sustain, had to be cranked to 3 o'clock on both knobs to even get the effect to come through. For bass it did a fairly nice job of compressing the tone. Since I play both in the studio, I may keep it, but initially I felt ripped-off and wanted to return immediately after hearing it through my guitar rig.

 
4.0

Good Compressor

By NICKI VALENBERG

from Vancouver, BC

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  • Compact Design

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

      I got this pedal on SDOTD for a really good price. It is a good compressor overall but nothing special. I don't like the fact that it is a bit noisy. The compressor is very subtle. If you're looking for a hard compression this may not be what you are looking for.

       
      1.0

      Worthless for guitars

      By JREMUSIC

      from Valdese, NC

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Doorstop

        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        This was the fastest I've ever returned a product. It offered practically no compression whatsoever. The instructions mentioned a toggle switch that would change the sensitivity or something, but that feature was evidently removed to save costs, because the pedal no longer has that switch. I exchanged this pedal for the Visual Sound Comp 66 compressor, which you can hear on the 2nd half of the attached video.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a12bb3gD1uM

         
        5.0

        Yup, Yes, & Oh Yes!

        By Zion357

        from lilburn, GA

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        Let me say that I have owned over 35 pedals(3 compressors so far) and I am really good at picking the winners and losers quite often. For example Boss CS-3, a loser overall or BBE Opto Stomp, an all around winner. And I love Boss pedals by the way but the CS-3 is a noise maker and needs a mod to be usable professionallySome folks have complained about it being subtle to the point of absent. It is very subtle but it still has that Dyna Comp flavor to it. The main things to know and love about this compressor are that it is not a boost type of compressor, so if you are the guy that likes to boost on and off with a compressor instead of a boost pedal, keep looking. If you are the guy that leaves it on all the time or runs it at the end of your chain like BBE recommends then release your $ asap.The bottom line on this thing is that it is dead silent, real true bypass(for those that can notice?) and has the awesome Boss/BBE 5 year warranty. Well done boys and girls at BBE!!

         
        5.0

        FOR A GOOD SOUND

        By NEW PRS FAN

        from Sparks, NV

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        Great pedal. Strong as a tank. Quiet as a mouse. Gives you a perfect compressed sound. If I lost this pedal, I'd replace it.

         
        5.0

        Phat Thump Galore

        By udPU8GVpg

        from Chesapeake Beach, MD

        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        I just recieved this unit as a replacement for a borrowed rackmount autocom and was shocked with the tone I was able to achieve thru my hartke pro rig. I've always been complemented on my previous bass sound but they ain't heard nothin' yet. With its steel case and seemingly high quality switch and controls I'm hoping its a road worthy piece.

         
        4.0

        Bass perspective

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        I compared this to my EH Blackfinger and to my surprise I kept the BBE. The finger is an excellent pedal for my bass playing but it had 2 drawbacks (studio noise and coloration). Most guys like the tube coloration of their bass sound but I love my bass sound as is (Ibanez srX 700). The BBE is crappy for heavy compression but for my hard rock finger style I got it dialed in just right. The BBE is quiet and smoooth.

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for Bass!!!

        By JV-OStAj

        from Philly area

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        It is worth noting that mine (and all the reviews below) are of the original version of this pedal (with the yellow/red graphics and the -15db switch). I have not tried the newest version. The original version is great for bass. Never tried it on guitar. It creates no noise and is very transparent. It gently rides your gain and helps to even things out a bit. It is perfect for what I needed. I hope the new version is just as good. I never needed the -15db switch, but I guess some might miss it.....

         
        2.0

        Get the BBE Orange Squash instead

        By JadartJammer

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        I love the BBE pedals. I have the Soul Vibe and Treble booster. I however must agree with the reviewer who said it is so transparent you can't even tell the effect is on especially with overdrive. This is a very subtle yet noisy compression pedal and works pretty good with a clean channel only. I am getting the Orange Squash (main Squeeze) instead it has more boost and more dramatic compression. Save your money and buy the orange squash instead.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        It's transparent alright...

        By Karl Houseknecht

        from Palmyra, VA

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        This has been touted as a very transparent, musical compressor using soft knee algorithms. It's transparent, alright. Unless you crank the compression knob, there is no noticeable compression at all. Even with a soft knee you should notice some leveling of dynamics. The makeup volume control has to be maxed out to get close to the bypassed volume even with the compression knob at low values. This just isn't right. Maybe I'm expecting too much, but it certainly doesn't behave like any compressor I've used before. It got shipped back to the same day that I received it. Will not buy any more BBE gear.

         
        4.0

        Ok. Not great.

        By Jon-hH6.E

        from NY,NY

        See all my reviews

        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        I bought it because I wanted a very transparent compressor to make my pickups sound a little more balanced and reactive. On the plus side, this pedal is extremely transparent in that it doesn't color the sound at all. You can still tell the compressor is on even at moderate levels(you don't need to crank the comp knob like other reviewers have said...cranking it too much will totally kill your signal). It is also very quiet. I have it plugged into my BBE Supa Charger and there is no noise whatsoever.The down side is that it's really on suitable for clean playing. It tends to take the life out of mid to high gain overdrive, though I have only tried it in front of my amp so far and not in the effects loop. Also, when using this I suggest to set the volume knob at about 3 o'clock. That position seems to be the closest to the bypassed volume. The comp knob set anywhere past noon was too much for me. I found a good spot around 9:30...fattened the high strings without squishing the dynamics all that much, but again that was only when playing clean. I couldn't find a setting I liked to go with distortion. Overall, this is great if you play jazz or blues...anything heavier, look elsewhere.

         
        2.0

        Too subtle for my tastes

        By Gibby

        from Nashville, TN

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        Comments about BBE Opto Stomp Pedal:

        I'm a BBE fan, but this pedal didn't cut it for me.
        seems solid enough
        I rated low volume because even with the compression dimed, there wasn't much notice. Was just too subtle for my tastes.

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