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BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer

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The BBE 382i series delivers all the sound-improving benefits of a Sonic Maximizer with the convenience of ganged-stereo operation, perfectly suited ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sonic Maximizer with ganged stereo operation for sound reinforcement, instruments, or recording.

The BBE 382i series delivers all the sound-improving benefits of a Sonic Maximizer with the convenience of ganged-stereo operation, perfectly suited for any -10dBV unbalanced studio, PA system, or guitar/bass rig. The BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer applications include DJ and PA sound reinforcement, musical instruments, and recording.

(Now with 4th-generation processing.)

FEATURES
A full-function Sonic Maximizer 
+20dB of output headroom
Unbalanced 1/4"/RCA I/O
108dB signal-to-noise ratio

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BBE382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer
 
5.0

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (44)
  • Good audio (44)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Professional functions (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (36)
  • Home studio (34)
  • Outdoor events / games (28)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Professional recording (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (15)

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Ain't No Equalizer

By M.B.D.

from Payson AZ

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Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

I brought two of these with high hopes - one to lend it's magic to my backing track player and another to sprinkle pixie dust on my guitar signal.So basically I strung my audio player to equalizer to sonic maximizer to mixer and my Effects processor to equalizer to sonic maximizer to mixer.It's easy to look at these units and think MMmMMmm Low frequencies - high Frequencies.. Seems simple - Basically tone control.. No... These Sonic Maximizers do something else entirely.They seem to take any signal and pull it to pieces - polish all frequencies in the signal dynamically - and then put the signal back together with perfection. Highs are polished and defined - Lows are polished and defined, but not how an EQ would do it. Literally you would have to apply a dynamic EQ to each frequency in the signal to do what these puppies will do on the fly.The overall effect? HIGH Definition. Notes are more defined, Tightened and Tuned. Maximized. Simple Brilliance from the guys at BBE.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 star leave it on enhancement

By Paul COT

from McKinney, TX

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Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

Believe me once you try one of these preferably in your loop if you have one, you will never turn it off or want to play without one. The improvement is substancial and the cost is very. very low. This is NOT an effect, keep the levels of the processor pretty much mid point and forget it is there. This is the greatest piece of high tech to be invented since the graphic EQ maybe more important. Put one in your recording or PA system and notice the difference in sonic correction.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best kept secret!

By ProEars

from Huntington NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Simple Connection
  • Simple Settings

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Huge Dynamics Enhansment
    • Instant Dynamics
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    This is not, and does not sound like an EQ. It is a
    high/low frequency dynamics enhancement. This is a stereo piece. L&R channels are controlled simultaneously. The best way to describe the unit is comparing and old style TV (crt) to an LED tv. Yes all the colors are there for both, but look at how the LED tv is so much more vivid and alive! An EQ would only change the color! This and/or the Aphex are the secret weapons! Both excellent units.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By M. Fox

    from Jax FL

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    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    I hemmed & hawwed & pondered over purchasing a sonic max for quite sometime, asking myself...is it worth it? A few months ago, I finally stuck my toe in the water and ordered the 382i. I figured for this price, it's worth a shot. I guess the only question I have now is, what do the higher dollar models do that this one doesn't? If they're even better...well, that's just unimaginable! Okay, two questions...how'd I live without it? When I put the unit in stand-by to compare the sound, it's almost an embarrassment to think the PA actually use to sound like that...and before the 382i, it didn't sound bad...beFORE the 382i! I've recommended it to many fellow musicians and a few friends who are DJ's and/or KJ's...pretty much, any friend of mine with a PA gets told about the bene's of a sonic max...382i in particular.

    As always, the service from Musicians' Friend was top-notch.
    Easy set up...plug & play. Only 1U of rack space...knowing what I know now, if it used 3 or 4 U's, I'd still have it. In a review I read before ordering it, the reviewer stated it's as if it takes each frequency and 'polishes' it for max tonal quality...true that! The difference it makes in the sound (live performance) is phenomenal.
    BBE has always made good quality products and the 382i is no exception.
    At this price?? Pfft...no brainer. Again, now knowing what it does, it's a STEAL!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Why dont you have one?

    By sg man-Bz7zT

    from Rochester, MN

    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

    for this price there is no reason to not have this. my amp was already getting good tones but this amazing little piece of equiptment took it over the top and i couldnt be happier with it

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Keith811

    from va

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

      I can't attest to the durability of the sonic maximizer but I can say that if it stopped working tomorrow I would make the 80 mile drive to the closest music store that sells the 382i and buy another. I picked this thing up yesterday and hooked it inline with the E.Q. on our mains. I thought we sounded good before so you can imagine my shock when I turned on the 382i and it made us sound 300% better. I tried turning the by-pass on and compairing the sounds between on and off. I will never play again withouth the maximizer. The 382i will be the best [$] you've ever spent on your rig.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Totally awesome!

      By Fndrb

      from Wilkes Barre, PA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

        Easy to set up and use. I'm a Bass Player and I've never heard such clear, precise and articulate notes . This was a SDOTD too good to pass up. Glad I took advantage of it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Maximize one's listening experience

        By thumb92

        from New Jersey

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Defines Bass
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

        Cleans up the muddiness of highs, midrange and lows. Defines vocals and instruments throughout audio range. A great addition to any audio application. Easily trimmed to suit tastes.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SONIC MAXIMIZER

        By Drum565

        from Mineralwells, WV

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

          Got this in a stupid deal of the day and could not be happier, this is the easiest to use addition you will ever get. Plugged into my PA turned it on twisted the knobs and instantly better sound, clearer , cleaner , highs and lows. This thing will make you wonder why you don't have one for guitar rigs, bass rigs vocal unlimited possibilities ,,.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great !

          By heqtbaq

          from 29 palms , CA

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Enhances Sound
          • Rack Mountable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Large Home Audio Systems
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

            This is a simpler , less expensive version of model 882i which I also own and enjoy using . I connected both of them to the same system to make A/B comparisons , as well as bypassing them . I was suprised to find the new unit actually has higher output than the 882i when all controls are set the same . This makes up for the fewer features on the new unit . So , if you need more gain and desire a lower price , this is the one for you . If you want more features instead , pay more and get the 882i . Running either one in bypass and then switching them in will instantly sell you on either one ! The only people who will dislike these processors will be your neighbors at 2am and your competition !

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By Capt. Zap

            from CT

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

              As a solo acoustic act, I don't need a huge PA but the BBE 3821 makes my little system sound fantastic. I wouldn't be without it. Enhances both the vocals and guitar. This is the second one I own. MF's "Stupid Deal of the Day" was too good to pass up so I grabbed another to keep one at home for recording.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Every studio has one

              By dcb

              from southwest

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                I bought this for my home studio. I intended to use it for tracking acoustic guitars and maybe bass, but I find that it works really well with the live sound of my electric guitar which is my main instrument. It adds a bigger fuller presence to everything. Its built well and only has two knobs so its simple to use. It would be nice to have seperate controls for each channel, but thats why this one is cheaper. It makes my home recordings sound more proffessional and thats what I was after with this purchase.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Every review 5 stars for a good reason.

                By Rick Holly

                from New Jersey

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                    The reason this BBE Sonic Maxinizer has five stars on everyones reviews is simple. It works easily and it sounds incredible. The reviewers are right when they say once you've used one you can't imagine not having it. The most quoted review I have read is that using the BBE is like having someone taking a blanket off that was covering the speakers. It's not subtle, it's dramatic. I use to use an early 80's Aphex Aural Exciter in my studio and this sounds very much like that. On my guitar rig I use a BBE Sonic Stomp. It's a mono pedal version of the Sonic Maximizer. I turn it on at the start of each night and leave it on. Try one and you will buy one.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    WOW!

                    By SanFrancisco1954

                    from philadelphia, pa

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                      I never heard about this type of sound conditioning,but the idea of it was interesting and the price was more than reasonable so I took a chance. Now I don't know why everyone isn't using this... or why I never heard about it before... because it is magic. My simple keyboard setup (Xp-30 to a mackie mixer and out to matched powered behringer b215d active speakers) is quieter, clearer and more transparent. Hard to describe because it isn't an EQ or 'presence' type of adjustment, but there is no question that this simple device with a minimum of adjustments is absolutely the best thing I've ever added to my signal chain. If I understand the concept it shifts the different frequencies bands by miliseconds so they are heard out of the speaker in the correct relationship to each other... basically the sound isn't being modified but corrected- and the difference is a more genuine, clear and musical result. The difference is remarkable, and all for the better

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing!

                      By Chase95

                      from Spanish fork ut

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Functions

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                        Such an awesome piece! Great if you want to severely improve your overall tone! Using with my schecter P bass, with an ampeg Portaflex head. Sounds so killer! Adds a lot of life!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A no-brainier.

                        By Mossale

                        from Northern Virginia

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful
                        • Professional Functions

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                            Very simple and effective way to make your system sound better. Makes your subs kick harder. Simple controls keep you from blowing your time tinkering.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sweet Deal

                            By Richard

                            from undisclosed

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Enhances Tone
                            • Powerful
                            • Professional Functions
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                              Great unit at a great price. I've always wanted one and couldn't pass it up for the price. Very easy to use to add a splash of extra bass boost or to clean up extra highs.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Real audio Improvement

                              By heqtbaq

                              from 29 palms , CA

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                              Pros

                              • Better Sound
                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Rack Mountable
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Large Home Stereos
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances

                                Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                                This unit will make almost any system sound better . A great investment !

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                This thing is awesome!

                                By Kill City Spaceship

                                from Nashville, TN

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Band
                                  • Electronic Musician
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                                  We make a lot of loud, noisy, and busy music. The 382I has added brilliance and definition to instruments/mixes during both tracking and mastering, respectively. It's a great addition to any recording set-up!

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Simple and sounds great

                                  By oldwfw

                                  from El Cajon, CA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Value

                                  Cons

                                  • White Front Panel

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer:

                                  I recently upgraded my home studio recording gear from tape to digital. The only item I kept was the 422A Sonic Maximizer. I've used a Model 422A for years until its demise (power supply failed I think). I bought the 328i because the price was low. The 422A has two independent channels and the 382i has a ganged stereo. I though this would be a trade-off for the lower price, but I actually like the 382i better. The ganged stereo reduces the amount of uncertainty in the balance between the channels. The sound seems to be just as good as the 422A. My only complaint is I do not like the white front panel.

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