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BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal   

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Upgrade everything with Sonic Stomp, the one piece of gear which improves the performance of your whole rig. Whether you're a guitarist or bassist, g...Read More

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Improve note definition without the bulky rack unit.

Upgrade everything with Sonic Stomp, the one piece of gear which improves the performance of your whole rig. Whether you're a guitarist or bassist, get ready to be amazed. With Sonic Stomp's proprietary BBE Sonic Maximizer technology, you'll hear your amp cut through the band mix better with dramatically improved note definition in chords and solos. Even with a wall of distortion, the distinct harmonic elements of each note can be heard like never before. Time-based effects take on a level of realism and dimension you never thought possible. And if low-end punch is your thing, you'll discover the Lo Contour control is the ticket to meaty chunk without the mud.

Rack mount BBE Sonic Maximizer processors have been the secret weapon of musicians for years, with each generation of the BBE technology offering more for musicians to discover in their tone. While rack-mount models such as the 482i Sonic Maximizer are a staple for many touring musicians with sophisticated rigs, a rack device isn't practical for many musicians. Enter Sonic Stomp, packing the same BBE technology into a pedal for musicians who prefer simple rigs. Its buffered input happily accepts either the input of your instrument or the output of another pedal (Sonic Stomp should be used last in the pedal chain), making Sonic Stomp as easy to use as any other pedal. Just plug it in, dial the knobs to your taste and enjoy.

Sonic Stomp's application of the BBE technology is just like its big brothers, using frequency-dependent time alignment with integrated amplitude compensation. What's all that about? Simply put, it helps a speaker more faithfully reproduce the signal so more of the nuance and detail is revealed. Sonic Stomp is not an effect but a tool to allow more of your tone to reach the ears of your audience - and yours.

FEATURES
  • Sonic Maximizer technology for clarity and punch
  • Lo Contour and Process controls
  • 1MEG Ohms input impedance for proper pickup loading
  • 1K Ohms output impedance when engaged
  • 1% metal-film resistors for consistency
  • High-voltage poly caps for better tone
  • Military-spec circuit board for reliability
  • Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
  • Easy access battery compartment
  • 9V battery, AC adaptor included (North America only)

When you’re ready to maximize your tone, get your hands on a Sonic Stomp.

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BBESonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Will Change Your Life (Musically)

This little device should be on every guitarist's (and bassist's!) pedal board. What's so great about it and what exactly does it do? Well, I'm not an electrical or audio engineer,...Read complete review

This little device should be on every guitarist's (and bassist's!) pedal board. What's so great about it and what exactly does it do? Well, I'm not an electrical or audio engineer, but what it does to my sound is it takes it from sounding great to sounding twice as great! I've played through a lot of different amps and pedal rigs over the years, tweaking, adding and subtracting different toys to sculpt my sound. It wasn't until I found this thing that I truly found tone nirvana. What do I mean by that? Well, what it does is make your sound more tight and focused. Step on this thing and you'll wonder what happened. Everything becomes clearer, more resonant. No more "muddy" sound. No more stray harmonic overtones. I always thought my tone was good. But once I stomped on this everything that came before sounded like it was coming through a thick wall, dull and lifeless. This is like having your own studio engineer inside a box! With a lot of gain for metal every note and harmonic is distinct and clear without background clutter. With a bit of grit for blues it adds just that little bit of edge to give me that elusive "bite" that I've been searching for. Cleans on a Strat neck pickup are more "swampy/syrupy".

One caveat is that it MUST be used in the effects loop of your amp, preferably at the end of your effects chain for maximum effect. Putting it in front of your amp really doesn't seem to do too much. So if your amp doesn't have an effects loop you may not really want to get this.

I've had this one (I think mine is the previous model) for about three years now. I don't think I still own today most of the gear that I had back then, having gone through job loss and subsequent financial distress required a lot of "downsizing" of the arsenal. But this is one I definitely have held on to. I don't think I can play without it anymore. It's that good!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Semi-Sonic Maximizer

First thing, I happen to be a fan of BBE's rack mounted products. I bought one of the early rack mounted sonic maximizers, still have it, still use it and it still works...Read complete review

First thing, I happen to be a fan of BBE's rack mounted products. I bought one of the early rack mounted sonic maximizers, still have it, still use it and it still works great and I have used it for gigging and recording extensively. So when I built my new pedal board (fully loaded PT-Pro with two power bricks), I figured let me get a pedal based sonic maximizer, the rack unit is great, so the pedal should be as good, right?

I'm not totally disappointed with the Sonic Stomp and it does work really well on contouring the low end, but that's all it does. There is no contour feature for the high end like in a rack unit and I think that's where BBE missed the mark. The pedal does need to be at the end of your signal chain or in your amp effects loop, anywhere else and you lose a lot of what this pedal can do. I find that it works better for my Tele's and Strat's than a standard humbucker, but I am very happy with how it improves the tone for my LP Deluxe. I gave it three stars, only because of the no high end contour. The construction is solid, controls are smooth and responsive, the signal is clear and even if you are using a battery, there is no sound degradation, so its a quality pedal, just not as good as their rack unit. You do need to order one to try it at home with your gear, because trying it in a store, doesn't give you enough time with it. I am keeping mine as I have a good use for it and hey, I'm a gear junkie. So like I said, its a Semi-Sonic Stomp.

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5.0

Must have for any pedalboard!!!

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from Florida

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Buy it!!!!!Its a legendary device for good reason.You only think ur amp sounds good.Once u add this to ur signal chain u will NEVER turn it off!

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    5.0

    It makes a difference!

    By 

    from Southern California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great On Acoustics
    • Responsive
    • Versatile
    • You Can Hear The Differen

    Cons

    • Wider Than Most Pedals

    Best Uses

    • Live Performances
    • Performances

    Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The difference when I step on the switch and leave it out is subtle but noticeable. Great for acoustics. Adds a sparkle that is hard to get any other way - not shrill, not crunchy... just better. Hard to understand why everyone doesn't have this at the end of their chain.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Semi-Sonic Maximizer

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    from Central NJ

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Limited Sonic Range

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    First thing, I happen to be a fan of BBE's rack mounted products. I bought one of the early rack mounted sonic maximizers, still have it, still use it and it still works great and I have used it for gigging and recording extensively. So when I built my new pedal board (fully loaded PT-Pro with two power bricks), I figured let me get a pedal based sonic maximizer, the rack unit is great, so the pedal should be as good, right?

    I'm not totally disappointed with the Sonic Stomp and it does work really well on contouring the low end, but that's all it does. There is no contour feature for the high end like in a rack unit and I think that's where BBE missed the mark. The pedal does need to be at the end of your signal chain or in your amp effects loop, anywhere else and you lose a lot of what this pedal can do. I find that it works better for my Tele's and Strat's than a standard humbucker, but I am very happy with how it improves the tone for my LP Deluxe. I gave it three stars, only because of the no high end contour. The construction is solid, controls are smooth and responsive, the signal is clear and even if you are using a battery, there is no sound degradation, so its a quality pedal, just not as good as their rack unit. You do need to order one to try it at home with your gear, because trying it in a store, doesn't give you enough time with it. I am keeping mine as I have a good use for it and hey, I'm a gear junkie. So like I said, its a Semi-Sonic Stomp.

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    5.0

    Great Pedal

    By 

    from USA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is not an effects pedal. It's a sound enhancement pedal. It brings out the clarity and harmonics of every note played. With just 2 controls it allows you to dial-in the tonal quality according to your taste. I use the settings in the brief manual for 'Clear Guitar' on both my electric and acoustic-electric guitars. Spoke to several players who said that they 'Never Turn It Off". I demo'd this in a music store with a test guitar and amp but didn't get a good impression because it wasn't my rig to start with. When I plugged it into my rig, it was night and day. I'm never turning it off either. It does add small amount of volume boost but that's not its purpose. I like that they ship a 9v battery and a 9v power supply as well. I plan to power it with my pedal board power supply. It was recommended to me by a knowledgable sales person who I know and trust that it should be added to the end of the chain of pedals on the pedal board.

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      3.0

      Utility Depends On Your Rig

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      from Missoula, MT

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      Pros

      • Comes With Power Supply
      • Well Built

      Cons

      • Not For Every Rig

      Best Uses

        Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I agree with the reviewer who said the BBE Sonic Stomp works better with some guitars/amps than others. I run a Fender Super Champ X2 and Dimarzio humbuckers. While the Sonic Stomp improved my clean channel tone (which I rarely use), the effect on the modeling channel was very subtle, even with the knobs turned all the way up, and what difference it made was not a noticeable improvement. Someone said this pedal has more impact in an effects loop, this may well be true but my amp doesn't have one. This pedal DID make my el-cheapo 5W practice amp sound better. I recommend trying this pedal out with your rig before buying. I returned mine.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great pedal

        By 

        from sebastopol Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Yeah Man, the sonic stomp is like taking a blanket off of ones speakers for more clarity

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for heavy tones

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            from Moncton, NB, Canada

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I was already a big fan of the rig BBE Sonic Maximizer, but I wanted something more portable - then I found the Sonic Stomp. I bought the previous version (grey and red) a few years ago. The new ones look even more heavy duty.
              The sound that comes out is amazing. It's basically like you removed a blanket that was over your speakers. Everything becomes so nice and clear. The bass becomes punchy and the high becomes crispy. I used it in front of my Orange MT20 on a medium gain level. I previously used it with a more hi-gain setup, and it sounded just like a slap in the face - yup, that good. For the hard rock/heavy metal/metal fans out there, you'll find one hell of a difference with the Sonic Stomp in front of your gear. Cheers!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              A negative impact on your sound

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              from Narragansett, RI

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                It's true that the difference between turning it on and off is dramatic. It's also true, though that removing the stomp while on from your chain entirely will improve your sound much more.

                It just sucks so much tone that even its improvements when on hardly make up for the damage it does to your tone. I like their rack mount but this pedal is prety bad.

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                5.0

                THE TONE!!!

                By 

                from Atlanta Georgia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Bought this product because my friend had it on his pedal board and I never saw him turn it off while we were playing. Pluged it in changed the settings the way the directions said and stompted it and WOW!! Should have been one of the first pedals I bought.

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                  4.0

                  Hard to live without!

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                  from Oregon

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Parts

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I bought this on a whim, and I'm glad I did! It adds a special something to my guitar's pedal board. As I get new pedals and need to make room on my board, I sometimes consider taking off the sonic stomp. As soon as I try my setup without it I remember why it's been there for so long. It adds a presence and almost 3-dimensional character to my sound. I usually keep the lo contour at about 2 o'clock w/ the process at 9 o'clock. For my rig, turning up the process past noon can get on the harsh side. Anyway, one complaint, without any abuse or hard use, one of the knobs gets really tight when I turn it one way. Kind of lame since it almost never leaves the house and I've never done anything abusive to it.

                  My warning, you may find it hard to live without after you get it.

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