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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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OVERVIEW

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.

Improve note definition without the bulky rack unit.

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'e ready to maximize your tone, get your hands on a Sonic Stomp.

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BBESonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (17)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

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

Try it. You'll buy it.

By 

from Hudson, Wisconsin

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    A friend borrowed me his BBE and i was blown away at the difference with it in the effects loop last in chain as they recommend. I play through an Orange TH30 with its matching 2x12 cab. You have to hear it to believe it. If you can't get enough bottom end or your just not quite there with your tone try it. Like i said you'll buy it.

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    5.0

    Addictive pedal

    By 

    from NY State

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Takes your sound "out of the box"!!!!
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • ANYWHERE!
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Don't know how I've played all these years without it.

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      5.0

      Always on in my pedal chain

      By 

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Okay, you know how you wish you just had a knob your could turn to get a little more sparkle or a little more thump out of your sound? These are the two knobs.

        Always turned on – dials in my sound.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Your Board Needs This Little Dude

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        from Topeka, KS

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          An essential to any guitarist's pedal board. Cleans up your sound to a degree that's hard to even express. You may think you're getting along fine without it but if you purchase one, after about 10 seconds of use you'll be amazed at the clarity of your tone.

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          5.0

          worth the money

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          from florida

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I play a (cheap) Fender Stratocaster in an old doublewide church using an antiquated sound system. I do use a zoom effects pedal but was not getting the sound I wanted. I added the Sonic Stomp between the Zoom and the di box and the change was astounding....people now actually think I am a decent guitar player

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            5.0

            Must have for any pedalboard!!!

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            from Pensacola,FL

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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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              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

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              from NJ

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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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