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Much more than a high-quality compressor/limiter, the BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor is the first signal processor of its kind to feature an onboard BBE Sonic Maximizer for enhanced clarity and de... Read More

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Much more than a high-quality compressor/limiter, the BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor is the first signal processor of its kind to feature an onboard BBE Sonic Maximizer for enhanced clarity and definition. Both its compression and gating provide versatility and excellent sonic performance without producing undesirable processing artifacts. Includes 2 independent, full-featured compressor/limiters, with each channel having independent controls for Threshold, Compression Ratio, Attack Time, and Release Time. The stereo link allows for phase-coherent tracking of stereo signals and adjustment from the Channel One controls. Comprehensive metering is achieved via dual bar graph meters on each channel that indicate Input Level and Gain Reduction. Its intuitive design makes the BBE MaxCom easy to operate.

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.

  • 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
  • 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

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

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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.
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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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smooth compression for a fair price


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!

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Best deal of all Sonic Maximizers


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.

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A good unit but a bit expensive compared to others


from Ida, MI

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This unit is good for recording and live use. The Maxcom adds punch while using subtle compression. The unit does not color the sound since it provides clear transparent compression. The unit is very easy to use for live applications and studio use. The Maxcom does a good job and it is built well the only problem I have with it is that it does not seem to be any better than several other units on the market that can be purchased at a lower price.

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