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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... Read More

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Overview

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
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
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4.8

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5.0

Improvement to any tone!

By Spencer Timmons

from Rockford, IL

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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4.0

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

By Jeanette Lockhart

from Bloomington/ Nashville Tenn

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

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5.0

what are you playing through?

By Stephen Maiorana

from Southern New Jersey

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.

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5.0

Takes the smear out.

By Paul D.

from Nashville, Tennessee

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Won't Regret Buying This

By plague

from California

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

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5.0

The Small Difference that makes a Big Difference

By James

from United States

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.

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5.0

I leave it on

By chrisobu

from Arkansas

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!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great! (depending on your setup and expectations)

By Jared

from Grove City, OH

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.

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5.0

Best & Most Underrated Item on My Pedalboard

By Rod Homor

from Chicago, IL

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!

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Secret Weapon!

By J.J. Barnett

from Grafton, WI

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.

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