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BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal   

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The BBE Sonic Stomp Pedal will make guitarists and bassists rejoice! More fullness, more presence, more clarity, and more control right at your feet....Click To Read More About This Product

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The amazing sound enhancement of the 482i Sonic Maximizer in a pedal.

The BBE Sonic Stomp Pedal will make guitarists and bassists rejoice! More fullness, more presence, more clarity, and more control right at your feet. Hardwire bypass, nonslip rubber bottom, easy-access 9V battery compartment, and included external power supply.

The BBE Process--"What it Is"

Loudspeakers have difficulty working with the electronic signals supplied by an amplifier. These difficulties cause such major phase and amplitude distortion that the sound reproduced by the speaker differs significantly from the sound produced by the original source.
In the past, these problems proved unsolvable and were thus relegated to a position of secondary importance in audio system design. However, phase and amplitude integrity is essential to accurate sound reproduction. Research shows that the information which the listener translates into the recognizable characteristics of a live performance are intimately tied into complex time and amplitude relationships between the fundamental and harmonic components of a given musical note or sound. These relationships define a sound's "sound".
When these complex relationships pass through a speaker, the proper order is lost. The higher frequencies are delayed. A lower frequency may reach the listener's ear first or perhaps simultaneously with that of a higher frequency. In some cases, the fundamental components may be so time-shifted that they reach the listener's ear ahead of some or all of the harmonic components.
This change in the phase and amplitude relationship on the harmonic and fundamental frequencies is technically called "envelope distortion." The listener perceives this loss of sound integrity in the reproduced sound as "muddy" and "smeared." In the extreme, it can become difficult to tell the difference between musical instruments, for example, an oboe and a clarinet.
BBE Sound, Inc. conducted extensive studies of numerous speaker systems over a ten year period. With this knowledge, it became possible to identify the characteristics of an ideal speaker and to distill the corrections necessary to return the fundamental and harmonic frequency structures to their correct order. While there are differences among various speaker designs in the magnitude of their correction, the overall pattern of correction needed is remarkably consistent.
The BBE Process is so unique that 42 patents have been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office.

FEATURES
  • Amazing fullness and clarity
  • Hardwire bypass
  • Non-slip rubber bottom
SPECIFICATIONS

Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal

  • Frequency Response: Program Dependent
  • BBE: Lo Contour +12dB @ 50Hz
  • Process +12dB @ 10kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: BBE on Max 94dB
  • BBE on Min 104dB
  • THD: 0.02% at 1kHz
  • Noise: BBE on Max -87dBu
  • BBE on Min -97dBu
  • Max Signal Level +7dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1MEG Ohms
  • Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
  • * 0dBu = 0.775Vrms
  • Hardware Bypass: YES
  • Power Requirements:
  • DC inlet: +9VDC min. 200ma
  • Battery Life: 15 hours
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BBESonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 126 reviews)

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Worth every penny!

I was skeptical about buying this pedal at first, But the moment I tried it I was literally blown away. I play through a Peavey VK100 Half stack with several different EMG equipped...Read complete review

I was skeptical about buying this pedal at first, But the moment I tried it I was literally blown away. I play through a Peavey VK100 Half stack with several different EMG equipped guitars. This thing opened up my distorted tones like you wouldnt believe. I know people keep saying "Its like taking a blanket off of the amp" For me with the VK100 it was like taking the whole damn mattress off of my amp. I set the lo contour to around 5.5 And the process to around 6. This enhances harmonics Like you wouldnt believe. (We play a ton of pantera songs) So in short I Love it and I think you will too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No miracle product.

If you are playing through a solid state amp of if you use a stomp box to get your distortion this will work better for you than if you are using a good quality tube...Read complete review

If you are playing through a solid state amp of if you use a stomp box to get your distortion this will work better for you than if you are using a good quality tube amp. The thing really sounded great when I used it between a distortion pedal and my solid state Ibanez toneblaster practice amp. But with the tube heads I've used live(B52 AT100, Laney VH100R, Marshall JCM 800) the BBE was no good at all. When you use a tube amp, you want a tube sound with its natural harmonics and organic feel. The BBE doesn't add anything to what a tube amp can do if you set it properly..in my opinion, it made my sound kind of sterile and flat. The pedal may be designed to make the frequencies more even but, again, that's better for when you're adjusting a mix of recorded instruments. For live guitar sound I find an EQ pedal is much more useful. One other suggestion if you think your amp is too muddy, make sure you listen to it while directly in front of the speakers (where your audience will be) instead of where most players stand (with their head/ears above and away from the cones). There are always a lot more highs and mids in front and that's where tone really counts IMHO.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No miracle product.

By Evil Jon

from Durham, NC

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

If you are playing through a solid state amp of if you use a stomp box to get your distortion this will work better for you than if you are using a good quality tube amp. The thing really sounded great when I used it between a distortion pedal and my solid state Ibanez toneblaster practice amp. But with the tube heads I've used live(B52 AT100, Laney VH100R, Marshall JCM 800) the BBE was no good at all. When you use a tube amp, you want a tube sound with its natural harmonics and organic feel. The BBE doesn't add anything to what a tube amp can do if you set it properly..in my opinion, it made my sound kind of sterile and flat. The pedal may be designed to make the frequencies more even but, again, that's better for when you're adjusting a mix of recorded instruments. For live guitar sound I find an EQ pedal is much more useful. One other suggestion if you think your amp is too muddy, make sure you listen to it while directly in front of the speakers (where your audience will be) instead of where most players stand (with their head/ears above and away from the cones). There are always a lot more highs and mids in front and that's where tone really counts IMHO.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Magic

By Anchoret-brYPA

from California

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

I spent a couple of weeks researching this thing and what exactly it purports to do, and that's a matter of substantial controversy among engineers.Among sophisticated users, it's regarded as a sometimes-remedy for substandard sound systems but frequently makes a good system sound worse. This was my experience with both guitar and bass, as it particularly contributed various unpleasant hi-frequency sounds. It also added noise.It is extremely overpriced for what the circuit actually is - the PCB contains almost nothing.This might help your sound a little or make it a little worse. In any case the effect is overrated.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Try This Trick

By plangent music

from manhattan

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

Simply, put...it works! HOWEVER, I found it works much better with the guitar directly into it and the output straight into the amp, as opposed to being in the effects line. I don't know why, it just does.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny!

By Slow Dave 777

from NM

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

I was skeptical about buying this pedal at first, But the moment I tried it I was literally blown away. I play through a Peavey VK100 Half stack with several different EMG equipped guitars. This thing opened up my distorted tones like you wouldnt believe. I know people keep saying "Its like taking a blanket off of the amp" For me with the VK100 it was like taking the whole damn mattress off of my amp. I set the lo contour to around 5.5 And the process to around 6. This enhances harmonics Like you wouldnt believe. (We play a ton of pantera songs) So in short I Love it and I think you will too.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for certain things

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

This is a good little pedal. It really boosts your amp signal and brings out the lows. The only problem is that it can suck out your mid-range, which is where electric guitar players live. If you have one on your pedalboard, put it at the end of your chain. it'll sound good there. But honestly, I would recommend just laying down some cash for a good tube amp that'll do everything you need. For me, losing the mid-range is just not worth bringing out a lot more low end.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the best!

By myspace.com/brutaldemisemetal

from MI

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

First off go to the BBE website and read up on why this pedal was created and where it comes from. It is not an EFFECT! It is a signal processor. I run this pedal in the effect loop of an old Crate BV120H and it is simply the best! As for a little extra noise, buy a BOSS NS2 and problem solved! Tighter lows, punchier mids, smooth pronounced highs! Buy it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not a replacement for the 482i

By Karl Houseknecht

from Palmyra, VA

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

I bought this for my live rig to give it a little more bottom end focus and higher end presence. It does that, I guess, but the quality just doesn't seem up to the standard of the rack units like the 482i, which this unit claims to be modeled from. On mine, something was wrong with the process knob pot. It had a noticeable drag in the upper 1/2 of its travel, like it was rubbing or catching on something. Also, unlike the 482i, it didn't seem like it was doing anything until the process was cranked all the way up. Maybe a bad unit.I tried hooking this thing up between my guitar and the amp like it recommends in the manual. There was no noticeable change in the sound. Much better when run through the effects loop, but still wasn't giving what the rack unit gives.Turning the unit on gave a huge POP! that could have blown speakers at gig volume. Would have thought a better switch would be included on a stomp box of this price.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not the hype I was expecting.

By Merrill

from Indiana

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

Not even close to the GE-7. Save yourself from a big mistake and don't buy the Sonic Maximizer. Good for a 2band EQ.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Works

By Evil Lincoln-fipd4

from Indiana

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Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

I was going to buy a graphic equalizer but decided to try this instead. I put it in my Spidervalve's effects loop. At first I didn't notice much of a difference but after tweaking it a little, it does make a serious difference in the sound of my amp. With distortions, it makes the low end a lot tighter and seems to smooth out the overall sound. It's totally solid and the controls are smooth. Simple but effective. I have not tried it in front of the amp but I'm going to...so far it works great in the effects loop. This one is a keeper, get it and see for yourself how stupidly simple it is and how much better your amp sounds with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is really worth the money if you use it right

By David Prince

from Woodstock,GA

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal:

I bought this pedal because a fellow musician of another band recommended it to me. This pedal gives new life to any amp no matter what style of music you play. I guess the only way to explain how it will work for you is by thinking of that button on a stereo called the "Loud" button. It boost your bass and highs with out taking away from your note definition. I play a Peavey Triple XXX head through a Mesa 4*12 cab and it sounds like a beast with this pedal. I always leave this pedal on when I use my rig. I will say if you do get it DON'T run it through the front of the amp but through the effects loop to get it's full potential. Take it from a tone hunter this pedal is awesome!

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