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

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BBESonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Compact (16)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (25)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (7)

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

thought i liked my sound before this pedal came into my life

By Bob

from Florida

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • pure and righteous awesomeness
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    the other guitarist in my band has one and he cuts though the mix really well. Even though we have different amps we try to eq them similarly. I tried an eq pedal but it was too difficult and never got the same effect. I put the sonic stomp at the end of my effects loop and it was like I had a new amp. Played with the settings for a bit and like both knobs around the 3oclock position. Was surprised it came with a battery and a power supply. Guess I didn't read the description very well. If this pedal breaks (doubt it) or gets stolen I would replace it in a heartbeat.

     
    5.0

    Great addition to my bass rig

    By TwistdMojo

    from Albuquerque, NM

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I don't use a lot pedals. I've tried a lot of different ones and had prior to this 2 that I've kept and use regularly. Now I have 3. This really fattens up the bottom end and enhances the quality of other tones. I have a BBE BMax for my "large" rig and always liked the effect the built-in Sonic Maximizer added, but I tend to my smaller rig more. In short, I should have added this to my signal chain years ago.

       
      5.0

      Does what it says it does

      By Marlin D.

      from East Petersburg, PA

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Performances

        Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I had read the other reviews before purchasing. I play mostly in Worship bands and was looking for something to take my tone to the next level without spending a fortune. I play a 30 year old Jackson/Charvel through a GNX3 effects board which is also pretty old. This pedal did the trick. It adds that extra sparkle and punch, just as the other reviewers stated. I especially like the dynamic it adds to my clean single coil setting. Nice spank and chime.

         
        5.0

        Sonic Maximizer An Absolutely Essential Element!

        By Joe

        from Wilson, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I first discovered the Sonic Maximizer over a decade ago and was immediately impressed. Whether you use the Sonic Stomp version or the rack-mount version, it makes a world of difference in your sound. In fact, until you use it, you just don't know how much. Now - I would not play my electric rig without it. For me, that includes practicing or live performance. It basically clarifies your sound -- tightens it up, makes it much more pristine and responsive feeling -- by virtually eliminating the envelope distortion that is a natural feature of all amp and PA speakers. It lifts away the sonic cloud or fog that muddies your tone and keeps your sound from being the way you always wanted it to be. (By the way, you can click it on and off again in mid play just to see the obvious difference.)

          I have two Sonic Stomp's (the small pedal version) -- one for my electric rig and one for my acoustic "plugged" rig. I also have a rack-mount that I use with another set-up. I use them at the end of my guitar effects progression just before the amp. Moreover, a Sonic Maximizer can also be used in the PA mix to "tighten up" the entire band sound. Here's the cool thing about it: You just turn it on, set the two knobs to your taste (takes all of about 5-10 seconds), and then leave it on all the time and forget about it. Your sound instantly becomes much, much better. It's as simple as that. I highly recommend this piece of equipment.

           
          5.0

          I would buy again

          By JD

          from Colorado

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This was recommended by one of the Private Reserve guys. He told me they wasn't a good to describe how this help your sound. I was hesitant but bought it anyway, with MF return policy all I could lose was time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by BBE. It rounds out your sound, it truly is hard to describe but you have to try to hear what I talking about. I tried this with a Marshall Jubilee head and a Mesa Duel Rec. I used several different guitars, including a PRS SE Coustom 24, Les Paul Standard T, Gibson 335, and a 30th Anniversary PRS Custom 24. It made all of them sound much better. It even made a Fender Strat SSS sound much fatter and help tame the highs.

           
          5.0

          AMAZING!

          By PJ

          from Maple Grove, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Brings your sound to a new level.... Get one!

           
          5.0

          Great purchase!

          By Gtrcarl

          from Okc Oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I had seen these on some good sounding boards but didn't think they did much, I have no idea how it works, but it makes your amp sound rich and full. The first time I use it I had other guitar players comment how good my tone was. When I heard our play back, it was so clear, and not muddy by my other effects if you have room for another pedal get one I play a american deluxe tele for modern worship, that can be a little harsh sounding when you clank your gain, this can take off the edge again with out sounding muddy or limited

             
            5.0

            Inexpensive and works as advertised

            By Braxton

            from Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

              You read comments that make the statement to the effect of "it sounds like you took a blanket off of your speakers." That is really the most accurate description of the BBE. Buy one you will not regret it.

               
              5.0

              Believe its reputation

              By NotoriousJOE

              from North Jerz

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This adds a full bottom end and a clarity to my tone which means that it is always on. I put it at the very end of my signal chain in the FX loop. Don't know how I ever played without it!

                 
                5.0

                Try it. You'll buy it.

                By Tone searcher

                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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