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The BBE MaxCom is the first signal processor of its kind to feature an onboard BBE Sonic Maximizer for enhanced clarity and definition. Compression and gating provide excellent performance without pro... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The BBE MaxCom is the first signal processor of its kind to feature an onboard BBE Sonic Maximizer for enhanced clarity and definition. Compression and gating provide excellent performance without processing artifacts. 2 independent, full-featured compressor/limiters. Each channel has independent controls. Stereo link allows phase-coherent tracking of stereo signals and adjustment from the Channel One controls. Rackmount.

Features
  • 2 channel compressor/expander unit with gate function
  • BBE Sonic Maximizer adds clarity and definition
  • Auto mode for easy setup
  • Dual bar-graph meters for input level and gain reduction
  • Stereo link for phase-coherent stereo compression
  • Dynamically controlled, program adaptive gate for noiseless and seamless operation
  • Peak limiter to protect from clipping
  • Inputs and Outputs via balance XLR or unbalanced 1/4" jacks
Specifications
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
    THD.: Less than .05%
    S/N ratio: More than 94dB
    Threshold: -40dBu to +20dBu
    Compression ratio: 1:1 to 11:1
    Attack time: 0.1-200ms
    Gate threshold: Off to +10dBu
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE END USER TO PROVIDE THE BILL OF SALE OR OTHER MEANS OF PROOF OF PURCHASE TO VALIDATE THE WARRANTY IF WARRANTY SERVICE IS REQUIRED.

BBE Sound, Inc. products are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from date of purchase from BBE Sound, Inc. or an authorized dealer.

During this period, BBE Sound, Inc. will repair units free of charge providing that they are shipped prepaid to:

BBE Sound, Inc.
5382 Production Drive
Huntington Beach, California 92649

BBE Sound, Inc. will pay return UPS shipping charges within USA. All charges related to non-US shipping, including customs clearance, will be billed. The warranty will be honored for the longer of either 90 days from the date of any service or the remainder of the original 5 year factory warranty.

If a BBE Sound, Inc. product is purchased through an authorized BBE distributor outside the US, contact the distributor to arrange warranty repair.

This warranty will be considered null and void by BBE Sound, Inc. if any of the following is found:

1. The equipment has been physically damaged.
2. The equipment shows signs of abuse
3. The equipment has been electrically damaged by improper connection or attempted repair by the end user or third party.
4. The equipment has been modified without authorization.
5. The bill of sale indicates that the purchase date of the equipment is not within the warranty period.

A copy of the original sales receipt must be provided for service under this warranty.

All non-warranty repairs are warranted for a period of 90 days from the date of service.

BBE Sound, Inc. is NOT LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Should the unit fail to operate for any reason, our sole obligation is to repair the unit as described above.


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BBEMaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does what it is supposed to do...

Its not a $2000 compressor, and lacks warmth, even when the input is cranked, but it does even out dynamics, and works quite well on shy vocalists. Needs a better gate...Read complete review

Its not a $2000 compressor, and lacks warmth, even when the input is cranked, but it does even out dynamics, and works quite well on shy vocalists. Needs a better gate too.
I love the sonic maximizer, but it does give a volume boost, unnecessarily. It is almost like you are adjusting the gain, of the treble, kind of like M/S processing (mid/side processing).

My real gripe is the compressors attack and release, I understand that the unit is supposed to be transparent, but I have used many compressors before, and when you are sitting there listening to a kick get processed, and trying to attune the attack and release for transients, you dont hear much of a difference either way you go.

Everything else, does what it is supposed to do!
The potentiemeters are a little cheap, as are the inputs/outputs
Even just for the sonic maximizer alone, cant beat that sound seperation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't know what I was getting into!!

Was needing something to enhance our vocals in our group, the compressor/sonic maximizer seemed to be the way to go. But when we tried it, I had to totally reset our eq....Read complete review

Was needing something to enhance our vocals in our group, the compressor/sonic maximizer seemed to be the way to go. But when we tried it, I had to totally reset our eq. to try and regain our mix. It enhanced alot of highs (4k and up mainly) to bring them out, using the maximizer, only puts you in a barrel with the lid partially on, which sounded really muddy.
With that said, we never got the sound that we were hoping for in our first practice with them. I am a experienced musician and know how I like my mix to sound, I guess I will just have to play with different mixes til I find one that will suit me.
I would recommend this product, just know going in you will have to put in some time to achieve the sound you are looking for!

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5.0

I Really Needed This Equipment

By Pharaoh LawLess

from New York City

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

    I bought a BBE Sonic Maximizer 328iSW for my dj equipment and the Sonic Maximizer #@*iSW makes my speakers sound great so I decided to take a chance on the BBE MaxCom because I needed a compressor to run with my Golden Age Project Pre73 DLX and the Avantone CV-12 mic and buddy.......buddy boy! This really really took my vocals to a clearer level I've been searching for. The sonic maximizer combined with this compressor is a match made in heaven. I wish I would've bought these units 13 years ago

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    smooth compression for a fair price

    By Kyle Gregory

    from Binghamton, NY

    Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

    i got this compressor about a month or so ago to use for a record and to use in my bass rig and i'm pretty happy with my purchase. i don't really use the sonic maximizer on it but it's something i will play with in the future, but the compression on here is really smooth. i have a DBX 166XL that's a bit harsh, i never got a sound that i love out of it so i'm glad i got this one because it's pretty clean. on the recording i did i used it on kick and snare, guitar, and bass. the recording was of a very heavy grind-core band and this unit did a great job on the kick, guitar, and bass, very clean sounding even with a lot of distortion!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Didn't know what I was getting into!!

    By Maximizer

    from Nowhere

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Looks Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Difficult To Set
    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

    Was needing something to enhance our vocals in our group, the compressor/sonic maximizer seemed to be the way to go. But when we tried it, I had to totally reset our eq. to try and regain our mix. It enhanced alot of highs (4k and up mainly) to bring them out, using the maximizer, only puts you in a barrel with the lid partially on, which sounded really muddy.
    With that said, we never got the sound that we were hoping for in our first practice with them. I am a experienced musician and know how I like my mix to sound, I guess I will just have to play with different mixes til I find one that will suit me.
    I would recommend this product, just know going in you will have to put in some time to achieve the sound you are looking for!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent piece of gear.

    By Hatchet Man

    from somewhere

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      Excellent piece of gear, combines BBE process and a quality rack compressor with a functional and easy to use noise gate. Putting all of this into one rack space is a great concept. It is an amazing addition to my bass rig, really brings out the best in my amp and instrument. Also used it as an insert to a PA channel for vocal use, and it sounded great there, too. Made it easier to vocalize clearly with less effort and better overall tone. I would replace this immediately if stolen or broken with an identical unit.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MaxCom! The best kept secret.

      By Steven Lawson

      from Virginia

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      I use Mesa Boogie, Gibson Les Paul's with the Zakk Wylde EMG 81-85's with a few pedals in the chain. For nearly 6 months I have been pulling my hair out trying to work on my overall tone. My band's rehearsals were going ok but something was missing and I wasn't sure what to do.
      I already had a BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer and I bought a Decimator ProRack G to help with the feedback but the tone was very much lacking.
      My bassist is a great recording engineer and he made all my recorded guitar tracks sound smooth and alive. I could not figure it out.
      Then he sent me a link to the BBE MaxCom Dual Channel Compressor.
      Once I plugged it into my rig and I strummed the first power chord, it felt like a blanket was removed from my amplifier. I could not believe what I was hearing. I was in complete musical heaven and I smiled all the way through my bands rehearsal. I never felt happier.
      It is a solid built, one unit, rack and offers so much in diversity. Compressor, Limiter, Gate and a Sonic Maximizer! All I needed was this one unit and my musical woes would have been gone months ago. Now I cannot live without it. A fantastic piece of equipment. I am thinking about getting a spare before BBE realizes what a fantastic piece of equipment they start charging more for it.

      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Does what it is supposed to do...

      By Shawn Leduc

      from the gats

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      Its not a $2000 compressor, and lacks warmth, even when the input is cranked, but it does even out dynamics, and works quite well on shy vocalists. Needs a better gate too.
      I love the sonic maximizer, but it does give a volume boost, unnecessarily. It is almost like you are adjusting the gain, of the treble, kind of like M/S processing (mid/side processing).

      My real gripe is the compressors attack and release, I understand that the unit is supposed to be transparent, but I have used many compressors before, and when you are sitting there listening to a kick get processed, and trying to attune the attack and release for transients, you dont hear much of a difference either way you go.

      Everything else, does what it is supposed to do!
      The potentiemeters are a little cheap, as are the inputs/outputs
      Even just for the sonic maximizer alone, cant beat that sound seperation.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best deal of all Sonic Maximizers

      By Andrew

      from Glen Burnie, MD

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      You get 2 maximizers, balanced OR unbalanced I/O and 2 compressors for less than any other BBE product with even 1 of the same functions. Its insane. The SM makes a night and day difference. I use it in my live guitar rig in stereo and when recording vocals and especially bass. This processor is powerful. DO NOT overuse its effect, but with just a dab it brings songs and instruments to new life. Its built like a tank. My only worry might be bumping and breaking a knob, but thats a stretch. Its not a 'lazy EQ'. its not an EQ at all. I WISH I could have gotten this effect with my equalizer. its a new technology. Its the sound of the future. Get a SM, and if possible, the Maxcom is by far the best deal for almost every situation.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BBE seperates and creates

      By Joe Walker

      from Louisiana

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      This is the second BBE product I have bought and for good reason. It amazes me the way the sonic maximizer works. I don't have a consistant soundman to watch over the sound as we do praise and worship in our church. This is why it was important to get a compressor to help control the volume of our service. I was really impressed with the BBE Acoustimax, that I wanted to get the BBE Maxcom compressor. This thing works like it should, smooth transition when the compressor begins to work it doesn't kill the sound or dynamics. When the sonic maximimizer is engaged it helps to creates that seperation of each voice and instrument that we all try to create when mixing our sound. Even when I play music from an ipod through our system, it really seperates each part. I think the best way to describe what the maximizer does is to compare a regular movie to a 3D movie. It's the same picture but you don't get the depth. With the Maxcom the music doesn't just come at the crowd they become a part of it.
      The only thing I didn't like is some of the knobs are really tight.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BUY IT

      By Jefferson Hills Records

      from Kerrville

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      I use this for my lead vocals and back up vocals live. Mostly for the limiter... But, recently I found myself in a tough position. Playing bass on my own recordings. After having read the manual, 5 months after purchasing, I decided to set it so that I could record my bass tracks and not sound like a toolbag... HA HA HA HA!!!! It worked and I didn't have to ask a studio musician to advance me the work without money. (Bad ethics) It's still kicking and doing the job after a year, and on top of that, people always like to watch the pretty lights on stage and ask, "What does that do?" I just tell them it keeps me from blowing my speakers, LOL

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      like everyone else...

      By jeff deasel

      from maryland

      Comments about BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor:

      like everyone has said< this thing is fantastic. the sonic maximizer is perfect. dial it in to whatever you need and it does the trick. compressor is top notch, in my book. i got rid of my dbx compressor because it doesnt come close. if you need a compressor and a sonic maximizer, look no further. just get it.

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