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2 independent Sonic Maximizers in 1 chassis!

The BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer is perfect for home studios, DJ systems, PA systems, nightclub sound, and guitar, bass, or keyboard racks”any application not requiring balanced jacks. It provides processing for stereo or 2 separate mono channels”brightening, clarifying, and adding fullness to the sound. Features 5-segment LED output meters, +18dBu headroom, RCA and 1/4" inputs and outputs, and a bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal. Occupies one rackspace.

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
Pro and semi-pro sound reinforcement
Multitrack studios
Mobile DJ systems
Cassette copies
Nightclub sound systems
Instrument racks for guitar, bass, and keyboards
2 channels of processing for stereo or separate mono mixes
5 segment LED output meters
+18dBu headroom
RCA and 1/4" inputs and outputs
Hardwire bypass
Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal

Groom and tweak your sound to the limits of your creativity and taste! Order today and save!

SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency Response
Process Mode: Program controlled
Bypass Mode: 10Hz to 50kHz, +/- 0.5dBu, 10dBu input
Signal to Noise Ratio: 112dB Process IN
THD, Process mode: less than 0.025% at 20-20kHz
Bypass mode: less than 0.002% at 20-20kHz
Maximum Output: +18dBu (may vary due to control settings)
Input Impedance: 47kOhms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack.
Output Impedance: 1kOhms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack.
Sensitivity: -45dBu for maximum process
Maximum Process: +12dBu boost at 5kHz, -10dBu input
Lo Contour: +12dBu adjustment at 50Hz, -10dBu input

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BBE482i Sonic Maximizer
 
4.7

(based on 75 reviews)

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    (59)

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    (12)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Professional functions (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as claimed

Thr product works as claimed. It cleans up the sound coming form an amplifier by making it clearer and better defined. I was skeptical but it does work.

My only...Read complete review

Thr product works as claimed. It cleans up the sound coming form an amplifier by making it clearer and better defined. I was skeptical but it does work.

My only quip, and it may not be an artifact of the unit, is when the "Processing" knob is turned up, there seems to be quality to the sound that seems more from the BBE circuitry versus the preamp stage. Turning down the "Processing" knob eliminates the sound. The sound is like a higher pitched buzz. It's easy to adjust out.

The build quality is first rate. The unit's price is a value considering the above. Give one a try and see if you agree.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Save your money

I bought one of these and tried it for a while. Couldn't exactly put my finger on what was happening to the signal, it just sounded like an EQ to me. So I...Read complete review

I bought one of these and tried it for a while. Couldn't exactly put my finger on what was happening to the signal, it just sounded like an EQ to me. So I brought it to work where I tested it using an Audio Precision test system (THE Standard test system), and ran every test I could think of. What this thing is is a glorified EQ, and not much more. While it is true that there is a phase shift with the high transients leaving a millisecond or so before the lows, I doubt anybody could hear that difference. One millisecond corresponds to the time difference you get if you step back one foot from a sound source...hardly noticeable. What is very measureable in this unit is distortion. Even with the effect turned OFF, there is considerable low-end distortion, similar in ways to a transformer.I don't understand why, but when I turn the process knob up, I get a LOT of trebble EQ - about +15dB, and the Low Countour knob gives me about +15dB of low EQ. The Q is set such that these two curves slightly overlap in the 1K range.If you were to open up the unit you will see, all there is is two tiny Op-Amp chips and one comparator chip controlling the LEDs, and a power circuit. NOTHING ELSE! This device is truly made to be the Emporer's new clothes.The EQ is so strong it is masking any effect it has on the high transients. But somehow, we are TOLD this thing works and so we believe it works when we hear the EQ! If you have a clean signal, don't use this box as it will only add distortion. If you have a dull signal and want to EQ it, go ahead and use this box. But don't fall for the "magic", what you are hearing is all EQ,and if you saw what was in the box, you'd feel cheated.

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(24 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Save your money

By Richie-BrgV4

from philly

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Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

I bought one of these and tried it for a while. Couldn't exactly put my finger on what was happening to the signal, it just sounded like an EQ to me. So I brought it to work where I tested it using an Audio Precision test system (THE Standard test system), and ran every test I could think of. What this thing is is a glorified EQ, and not much more. While it is true that there is a phase shift with the high transients leaving a millisecond or so before the lows, I doubt anybody could hear that difference. One millisecond corresponds to the time difference you get if you step back one foot from a sound source...hardly noticeable. What is very measureable in this unit is distortion. Even with the effect turned OFF, there is considerable low-end distortion, similar in ways to a transformer.I don't understand why, but when I turn the process knob up, I get a LOT of trebble EQ - about +15dB, and the Low Countour knob gives me about +15dB of low EQ. The Q is set such that these two curves slightly overlap in the 1K range.If you were to open up the unit you will see, all there is is two tiny Op-Amp chips and one comparator chip controlling the LEDs, and a power circuit. NOTHING ELSE! This device is truly made to be the Emporer's new clothes.The EQ is so strong it is masking any effect it has on the high transients. But somehow, we are TOLD this thing works and so we believe it works when we hear the EQ! If you have a clean signal, don't use this box as it will only add distortion. If you have a dull signal and want to EQ it, go ahead and use this box. But don't fall for the "magic", what you are hearing is all EQ,and if you saw what was in the box, you'd feel cheated.

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A fair review.

By OJ

from Undisclosed

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Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

I have to be fair. I was excited to try it, and although I always have it turned on, my sound doesn't go bad when I turn it off. Many guitarists rely heavily on pedals and stretches of cable which deteriorate sound. Pedals and cables are high impedance/resistance, the more you use, the more you're signal is going to decay. The BBE will defenitely help in those applications. However, if you use a rackmount rig, your signal is not going through as much deterioration, because it is going through a path of minimal distance and electronics of high sensitivity and low impedance, in which case the BBE won't be of as much use. Many reviews on here mention that Dave Mustaine have used this unit in the past. Guess what? There's a reason he doesn't use as a part of his guitar signal this anymore. Because like I said, if you feel that this unit is a revelation, you should seriously consider scrapping and rebuilding your rig from scratch.
I have this attached to my guitar rig, I play in stereo through two seperate amps. If you own a Boss GT-Pro, or a similar unit, what the BBE does is very similar to the "Solo" switch. I like that I can adjust each channel seperately. At home or in the studio, the cables aren't long enough and the room usually isn't large enough to warrant correcting the signal. I've noticed only a SLIGHT improvement, but its nothing an EQ can't do. I can see how it could be useful in live applications where the room often odd-shaped and your sound changes from angle to angle. However, I'm not in a band and I haven't had a chance to test this live. Overall, the improvement in my tone is minimal, and I can live without it. If you think this thing is a revelation, consider rebuilding your rig from scratch.
I purchased a used unit from musician's friend and I have absolutely no problem with the quality. It is fantastic and is built to last. Many reviews on here cite that there is a strong noise or hum. I've had no such problems whatsoever. However, keep in mind that this unit is designed for -10dBu applications (Although I have used it with no problem at +4dBu), and it is supposed to be placed JUST BEFORE THE POWER AMP (not after!!). Consider adjusting your noise gate setting as well if you are having problems. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with the way it is built and is desgined with quality in mind. If you use pedals and your amp does not have an FX Send/Return, then this should be placed after the last pedal, and just before the amp's input. If your amp does have an FX Send/Return, you should place it in the loop, again after the last effect and before the amp Return. DO NOT PLACE IT IN A POSITION BETWEEN THE POWER AMP AND THE SPEAKER!!!
This used to be more, which it is DEFENITELY not worth. However they reduced it to a price which is kind of acceptable. I purchased a used unit, with no problems at all. Again, if you can't afford this right now, trust me, you can live without it. It's not a monumental part of my rig, but i use it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I hear the difference

By CRS

from Maui Hawaii

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Pros

  • Clarity
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Not Trs Or Xlr

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

I bought this as the Stupid Deal of The Day for a reduced price. I didn't realize until after I made the purchase that it's doesn't have balanced connections (tip ring a leave/ XLR) so even though I could probable patch it into my PA somehow, it will be living between my trusty Pod Pro and Guitar amplifier. I have really become accustom to the sound, so when I bypass it, I find everything almost sounds mono, I have a modified Roland JC 120 that I'm using only as a power amp into a custom half stack. This just makes it sound sweeter.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hope is is better than the BBE 382i St

By Rick

from Central Florida

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Pros

  • Adds Warmth To The Bose
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Don't Know Yet

Best Uses

  • Primary Sound Systems

Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

I am hoping that this unit is better than the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer. I used the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer for about six months before it started adding noise in the mix. The new one is very quiet. I just hope it stays that way.
I would certainly not recommend the BBE 382i Stereo Sonic Maximizer to anyone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good stuff

By 4suremann

from Billings MT

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

    I've enjoyed BBE for a long time, I keep 482 in live rig, run guitar ahead of amp through left side and right side through fx loop on mixer so I can apply per strip.
    It's very transparent, just makes any signal fed to it sound way clearer, like "taking a blanket off your speakers".

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    482i sonic maximizer

    By rockin' rojo

    from Wyoming

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    Pros

    • Adds Colordepth
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

        I now have two. They are great for any application. Terrific overall result will make your system sound more pro like. I will probably get the one with the sub out.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works as claimed

        By LB

        from Chicago, IL

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

          Thr product works as claimed. It cleans up the sound coming form an amplifier by making it clearer and better defined. I was skeptical but it does work.

          My only quip, and it may not be an artifact of the unit, is when the "Processing" knob is turned up, there seems to be quality to the sound that seems more from the BBE circuitry versus the preamp stage. Turning down the "Processing" knob eliminates the sound. The sound is like a higher pitched buzz. It's easy to adjust out.

          The build quality is first rate. The unit's price is a value considering the above. Give one a try and see if you agree.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BBE Sonic Maximizer is Awesome.

          By K.C

          from Dayton, Ohio

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Functions

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

            A must have for any PA system. Adds clarity (highs and lows). You don't realize how important this device is until you use it for the first time.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            night and day difference!

            By slaveofthemaster777

            from Lima, Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Minimal In Depth Control

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Church worship
            • Performances

            Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

            we just added this today to our church's sound system to add some kick to our drum set and fullness to our vocals and keys. I am blown away at what this does for us! is it the best on the market? no. BUT! it is the best for a church setting. we have this and a feedback killer looped together into our mains. This went from oh we have an electric set to oh we're in a hall and that's an acoustic set. This is much worth the money to add to your small concert setting or church worship rig.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Addition

            By Gtargarber

            from MI

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              Someone else on here paralleled this to the 80's-90's tape deck with the "Loudness" function where it gave your music a boost across a decent spectrum. I agree with that statement. I have a 32-band eq, and I was still unable to get it tweeked and tuned quite like this little guy did. I know that it's probably not all too complex in the mechanics, but I don't really care because it's functional. I give it a 4. Good addition that is welcome in my rack.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Bang for Buck

              By TMAC

              from Vancouver Washington

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Can Damage Amp-- Read Ins
              • Read Owners Manual

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              wanted one of these for a very long time, read allot of reviews but the one comment I saw over and over was ...Using the BBE is like taking a blanket off you amp, WOW my amp came alive. I am using a Strat ran through some pedals then to my Bogner Alchemist, the BBE is the last in the chain before signal hits the amp. The BBE put some real depth in my sound, it opens the sound stage similar to an eq but better. Highly recommend. Just read the manual because you can cause damage to the unit or your amp if not connected correctly.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              482i sonic maximizer

              By Jim-8__.e

              from Bay City MI

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              I just added the 482i to my DJ system. I run it with a PEAVEY 696F with PR15 speakers and I could not believe how well it sounded. I wish I would have bought the 482i at the same time I got my system 5 year's ago, it sound's so so much better. It's like I have 5000 watts not 1200. The 482i makes the singers sound like they are pros. I definately recommend this product to everyone. I will soon be bying another 482i sonic maximizer for my other system.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well worth the money

              By seraph127

              from KY

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              Back in the days of cassette players (yeah, I'm old) most of them have a button labeled "loudness". It not only made the sound louder, it made it sound fuller, bigger. That's exactly what the Sonic Maximizer does. Ive hooked several amps and preamps into it, some cheap, some a bit pricier. It makes anything sound better. This is a very effective and relatively affordable way to jump up a budget setup that lacks punch.I first took interest when I heard that Jeff Loomis of Nevermore uses it (I'm not any particular fan, but I figured if a touring professional uses it, it's at least worthy of a closer look). Now that I have one, I can see its quality for myself. By the way, it's usable with virtually any sound gear - PA system, keyboard, whatever.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              In the range of 1 to 10 I give 11.

              By Jose Ortiz

              from Puerto Rico

              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              From the moment I plugged my DJ in and turned on with music of Travis Larson Band, I've been impressed. It makes my set-up sound so much better. It sounds " cleaner ". No matter how good your sound is, buy it. It'll make your sound better.
              I connected this BBE to my Bass, Guitar and my DJ system and the difference was exceptional. If you want to improve your music sound this is one of the best equipment that you need to buy.

              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LEVEL1 BBE SONIC MAXIMIZER

              By DESDINOVA

              from GROVETON N.H.

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              Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

              MY 482i IS THE CORNERSTONE OF MY RECORDINGS,ALL I CAN SAY IS IF YOU HAVE THE BUCKS "BUY IT" YOU CAN ALLWAYS RETURN IT IF IT IS NOT AS AWSOME AS I HAVE STATED.
              SO FAR SO GOOD.I REALLY LIKE THE FACT THAT IT IS 2 MAXIMIZERS IN ONE.THE RCA CONNECTIONS ALLOW ME TO HOOK IT UP TO MY PA OR HOME STEREO.THE SOUND IS PHENOMINAL.I HAVE NOT USED IT FOR A MIXDOWN YET,BUT Im SURE IT WILL NOT LET ME DOWN.
              IT IS A RUGGED UNIT MADE WITH QUALITY.NO PLASTIC CRAP.
              FOR WHAT IT DOES IT IS AN EXCEPTIONAL VALUE.I COULD NOT IMAGINE DOING A FINAL MIX OR A LIVE APPLICATION WITHOUT IT.ALL NEED BE DONE IS PLAY A MIX OR RECORDING WITH IT OFF THEN TURN IT ON AND WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              SUCCES IS IN THE DETAILS

              By Steve

              from Wetumpka, Al.

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                The 482i is very versatile in the studio. I use it with my acoustical instruments. So many times I find the right mic. With a great gain structure but emphasizing the lows too much.I use the BB E to reduce the base component and the guitar sounds natural. It works just as well with vocal mics. For the overall recording or live mix, it really helps taking out the mud and adds clarity. If I were making a living as a budget minded recording or sound engineer, I would have multiple units performing multiple jobs in the front end and post.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Better than I expected.

                By RJ in PA

                from Pittsburgh

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                  This unit performed well on my first use. I need to experiment with my total sound setup to see what it can really do, but it definitely adds a fullness and clarity to my guitar that I haven't been able to dial in with the EQ controls on my amp. Getting it at the Stupid Deal of the Day price was an added bonus.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A diffinate differnce in sound.

                  By Larry J

                  from Lockport, NY

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                  Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                  It rocks no issue as usual from Musician' Friend be trying it on all the 60's music I have on reel-to reel.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Amazing sound for less money!!!

                  By CMusic

                  from El Paso Texas

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                    Amazing clear sound!!! Im was put in my acoustic guitar and my LR signal and sounds great. About the shipping> Very Fast...

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    GREAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT!

                    By Gilly Dee

                    from Oviedo, FL

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer:

                    For its price range, this unit is absolutely a must for any studio/performer

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