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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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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
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Compact (12)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6)

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

Great purchase!

By Gtrcarl

from Okc Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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

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    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.

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      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!

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        5.0

        Try it. You'll buy it.

        By Tone searcher

        from Hudson, Wisconsin

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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:

          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 Fenderfan

          from Syracuse NY

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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 UncleWaldo

            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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              5.0

              Your Board Needs This Little Dude

              By Abby

              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

                By tom

                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!!!

                  By Scott

                  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 Mr. Magritte

                    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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