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BBE Opto Stomp Pedal  

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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

    A new name for clean sustain. Order yours today.

     

    Opto Stomp Pedal 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)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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            • Experienced (3)

          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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          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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          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.

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              1.0

              Worthless for guitars

              By ebrains2003

              from North Carolina

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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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Pedal!

                By Bluesmann

                from Chicago, IL.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exactly what I needed!

                By femmejammer

                from Bar Harbor, ME

                About Me Professional Musician

                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!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                good pedal

                By justin scala

                from detroit

                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

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                2.0

                Too subtle for my tastes

                By Gibby-NAXLE

                from nashville TN

                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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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for Bass!!!

                By JV-OStAj

                from Philly area

                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.....

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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

                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.

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                (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.

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                4.0

                Ok. Not great.

                By Jon-hH6.E

                from NY,NY

                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.

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