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BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects 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. Hardwire bypass, nonslip rubber bottom, easy-acces... Click To Read More About This Product

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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. 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
  • Included power supply
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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
Pro Coverage
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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BBESonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sublte, yet Effective

By Steve

from NJ

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal gets a lot of negativity by people who do not know how to properly use it. It's meant to correct phasing issues for high and low end frequencies. It's not meant to be an EQ pedal. It's much more effective when in the effects loop and keeping both controls below or at 12 o'clock. Over 12 and you're going to have more processing going on than you'd like.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Secret Weapon!

By J.J. Barnett

from Grafton, WI

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have a secret. I have an effect that most people can't hear, but which I can't live without. I leave it on ALL of the time, and people ALWAYS ask me about my fat tone. I use it for bass AND guitar, and it performs well on either. Yes, my friend, that effect is the Sonic Stomp. Your guitar sounds great. I am sure of it. But run it through this thing and you will wonder how you ever did without it. It is like lifting a heavy, wet blanket off of your tone and letting it roam the sonic landscape as it should. Every guitarist should have a good compressor and one of these in his toolbag. Everything else is just fluff. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that it is made by BBE and is, therefore, superbly constructed and could probably be run over by a tank without failing. Yep. Get this pedal NOW! You'll thank me for it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great! (depending on your setup and expectations)

By Jared

from Grove City, OH

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

As others, I was somewhat skeptical when I bought this pedal. People seem to go crazy over these things, but I couldn't hear that much of a difference in the videos online (due to poor audio streaming quality). To get the full effect you really have to hear it in person, with your own gear. Some people notice more of a difference than others just because of the equipment they play. For example, I play through a solid-state amp that already has a very crisp and clear sound, so it only changes my tone a little bit. If I had a "muddier-sounding" amp I imagine it would make more of a difference. So do I think it was worth the money and the space on my pedal board? Absolutely. It gives me a small push towards a more professional tone. I would just caution people who think this is going to be some magic fix-it-all pedal that will instantly transform your whole sound. It really depends on your gear, and frankly, it depends on how picky you are about your tone. If you just started playing guitar a month ago your money is probably better spent elsewhere. But if you're like me and you're just looking for that extra push towards a more polished, professional tone, go for it! If you buy it for the right reasons you'll love it. I think all the negative reviews out there are due to people buying this with false expectations. Bottom line: it does what it says it will do. It's subtle, but if you're picky about your tone you'll probably appreciate the difference.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Squeeze the last bit of gain from your amp

By Fonzy

from Fayetteville, NC

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have owned this pedal for 4 months and am very happy with it. When playing clean you wont notice much of a diff with the pedal on but with your gain up there is a diff you can hear. Im not going to attempt to try and describe what the pedal does just go play through one for yourself! If you have the $ and are looking for that extra something to make your amp and guitar sound amazing this is worth it. It is built very well and will last a long time because u don't really stomp on it u just turn it on and leave it. It also comes with a 9V power adapter.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Won't Regret Buying This

By plague

from California

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I recently purchased a used Crate Blue Voodoo from my local guitar center, despite reviews that said it was no good for metal... The tone of the amp was actually a lot better than most people say, however, it was missing something. I asked the clerk in the store if I could test it out with one of these little pedals (based on a suggestion by a friend). Once the Sonic Stomp was switched on, I was blown away. I could not believe the massive tone that was coming out of the amp that wasn't there before. This pedal makes a huge improvement on my tone and I couldn't imagine playing without it ever again. Bottom line, buy this pedal, or if you've got some extra cash, buy the rack mount version

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Won't take this off my pedalboard!

By Jeremy Harper

from Denton, TX

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have used this pedal for over a year and I love it. It just gives more clarity to your tone. I play through a Vox Night Train and a Gibson Les Paul Studio. In fact I don't realize it's on unless I accidentally turn it off. It's subtle but definitely worth the money. If you struggle cutting through the mix this will help. If you are in the studio looking for some clarity this pedal will help.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great tone!!!

By bill robinson

from Berry creek, CA

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

i bought this to fatten up my line 6 spider 3 amp. It is great for studio and live shows as well. I cant believe how much this work and work s so well!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have pedal

By Jeremy

from winchester va

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

This in my poinion is a must ahave pedal. The dynamics it will change in your sound is phenomenal. I have let countless player friends try it out and they were amazed at the diference in bypass and engaged. It takes the sound you produce and arranges frequencies in a balanced form (EQ).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YOU GOTTA GET ONE

By David

from Naples, Florida

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I don't usually rate anything but I am going to on this pedal.I read the reviews on this and it sounded like just what I was looking for. I play a Les Paul 56 reissue, Gibson Flying V and A Fender Strat through a 200 watt Line 6 MK IV amp. I bought this pedal used at guitar center over the weekend. Looked new in the box with the adaptor. It's amazing the difference this little guy makes at higher volumes, especially when you distort the tones. It even makes your amp come alive at lower volume levels. This thing is freaking amazing!!!! This pedal now has a permanent place on my pedal board. It was just what I was looking for. I read on another review that this doesn't work well with a Line 6 amp. I don't agree at all. Works great for me! BUY ONE, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPPOINTED!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny!

By James

from Norfolk, VA

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

This box was described to me know this way: "it will make an OK guitar sound good and a good guitar sound great." The axe I had at the time was decent, but not the best, so I decided to give it a shot. The the word "go" change was amazing. I've used it with several guitars over the course of the last year, and it has never failed to deliver better sound on every instrument I've plugged in. strats, double humbuckers, single humbuckers, acoustics - you name it, it simply makes them sound better - like you paid hundreds more for your gear than you actually did. One of the best features is the fact that can tailor the tone. I play in a lot of different venues and it helps me to get a consistent sound out of my guitar no matter where I'm playing. You can do the same thing with an EQ, but to date, I haven't needed one with this unit. If you have high end gear, this unit will be beneficial, but may not be the best $100 you ever spent. However, if you're like the majority of people out there who are working with low to mid-range equipment, I promise you that you would have a hard time finding a better way to make your sound better for the price. Buy it - you won't regret it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Necessary Equipment

By Tom W.

from Mobile, Alabama

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I love the way this pedal shapes the tone of my guitar. It works really well with my Marshall Valvestate amp and with my B52 Halfstack. Its really hard to explain what it does in writing, you really have to hear it for yourself. I place my Lo Contour on about 7 and my Process at 5, which seems to work very well. I've been playing since 1986 and always wondered why guitarists longed for a BBE Sonic Maximizer, now I wonder why I waited so long to buy one. Buy it and you won't be disappointed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best & Most Underrated Item on My Pedalboard

By Rod Homor

from Chicago, IL

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought this based on a YouTube demo video that I saw of a bass player using this pedal. In his description, he said that this pedal didn't filter or alter the tone of your bass, but, rather, it acted and seemed to remove obstacles that prevented your instrument's pure tones from being heard. It was as if your instrument, without this, had a bad head-cold. And, with this, it could just sound as good as it does when it is strong and healthy. I plugged it in, fiddled with the knobs for all of ten to thirty seconds, click on, click off, click on, click off. Yup! The video demo was right: My bass sounds as it should without any obstructions. I now play with it ON all the time. Best thing on my pedal board without any exceptions!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Small Difference that makes a Big Difference

By James

from United States

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have a solid state amp (line 6 spider IV 75W) and while its a good starter amp it sometimes does not have the best tone. I started trying out distortion pedals to run through its clean channel but nothing was really getting me what I wanted. I knew the only real way to get a better tone was to buy a better amp and I didnt have the funds for it. I returned a MT 2 i had purchased and the sales clerk reccomended I try one more thing if I wanted to improve my tone over buying a new amp, and this was it. It won't make your solid state sound like a Mesa but it significantly improves overall quality of both clean and distorted channels. The effect is slight but that slight boost makes a big difference in tone. Cleans are much brighter now while distortion has much more tone than just simply distortion. Like I said buying a decent tube amp will sound better than this pedal attached to a solid state, however if you can't afford a new amp this pedal really does make a big difference, emitting better tone and clearing up any muddiness.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A useful when used right, in the front of your amp!

By Jeanette Lockhart

from Bloomington/ Nashville Tenn

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I'm a session player and sideman. I am not a stranger to Sonic Maximizers, in the old "big rack" days we all had them, and over-used them. (we called it sonic Crack) what I can't stress enough, if you buying this pedal version is run it in the front. I know most reivews will "say put it in the loop it works better". what it will do is suck out your mids, (the meat of your tone, even if you scoop them some) I have been seeking a way to add bottom to my boutique,and non-boutique low wattage amps. (I record many sessions with a Egnater Rebel 20,Jet city JCA20(Modded), Engl Gigmaster,and several Dr Z amps. all have loops and after trying the two rack units looped, bam goes your true tone. So a friend offered to loan me his SS and i said no, he said try it as the last effect in front, believe me it's better dispite what BBE says,it's not like the 822i or your rack units, even if you have ran them in the front. He was right. I don't know if it's the impedence matching for a floor effect or what, but I was able to get more low end in my little weekend hard rock group, plus no loss of mids and tone, plus the added benefit of the BBE "blanket off" process. I run a Reble 20 or Egnl Gigmaster 15 and get big drop tune tones now out of small bottle(tube size)amps. My port City and Hi-tone(hiwatt repro to the "T" great cab!) cabs help, but this just gets me there with big lows, meat and a nice present, but not brittle sheen to my sound. There is a bit of hiss, and it could be smaller (like there first attempt,the late 8o's-90's Stinger it was Boss pedal Sized) but when I have a club gig in these volume restricted days, I can run a small amp, push it hard, and get near as much bottom as my Bogner,JSX Z RT-66, and Komet big bottle amps. Great tool. Greg Lockhart

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I leave it on

By chrisobu

from Arkansas

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal is great! It takes your tone, however good or bad it is, and makes it better. Use it with a solid state to get a more pure sound, or clean up muddy tones on a tube amp. I put it at the end of my pedal chain and it sweetens all my effects up. It's also good for acoustic, just roll the LO contour back to about 4 and Process at about 6. In short, it makes whatever you run through it sound better. Buy this!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takes the smear out.

By Paul D.

from Nashville, Tennessee

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I never realized the amount of smear that came out from this Vox AD50VT-XL solid state amp(with modded fx loop) until I had plugged this thing in for the first time. I've own this pedal for over a month at time of this review. This box goes after the EQ at the end of the effects loop so both preamp and front line pedals goes through this box. It sounds like what the description says. I'm no tone expert or sound engineer etc but I've learned alot about tone since getting this pedal so bear with me. It basically prevented highs and low from truncating each other that is defined as "mud". It's kinda like a real time highway patrol for EACH automobile on the highway(output stream) that makes sure that the slow cars(low freqs) stay in the slow lane and faster cars(high freqs) stays on the faster lanes so the highway traffic(overall signal) can exit(speaker output) in serial order without any collisions(mud) is the best description I care to recall at this hour. Basically you get full possible attack(treble), voice(mids) and body(bass) from your amp by this pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what are you playing through?

By Stephen Maiorana

from Southern New Jersey

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

A Sonic Maximizer in a stompbox format. This is a processing circuit originally intended for PA and audiophile systems. The effect is basicallly subtle, restoring sound qualities lost through the recording and playback process. Most effects units cause some degradation of the original sound (for example, most OD/Distortion pedals weaken bass response.) This will help restore your tone and clarity. This is excellent for bass players wanting to run a distorted sound without losing the deep lows. The "low contour" acts at 50 HZ (by memory, so if I'm off dont hate!) Since many guitar amps do not do a good job of reproducing frequencies that low, you may not hear much difference through your single speaker, open -backed amp. However, it will NOT muddy up your midrange, which is good. More profound on bass, or on big, deep guitar cabs, or when running a DI line to the mains. The "process" adds clarity and sparkle to the high freq range without sounding brittle or harsh. An excellent unit, very natural sound.

 
5.0

Improvement to any tone!

By Spencer Timmons

from Rockford, IL

Comments about BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

I absolutely love this pedal! It can and will take any speaker from any amp and improve the tone! I have used this pedal on any amp from a Line 6 Spider to a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, to a Mesa Boogie with 2 Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. The improvement is clearly noticeable in all of these amps. I would highly recommend this pedal for any chain of pedals!

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