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  • #46
    Kinda funny since BBE advertises the Sonic Maximizers in Guitar Magazines.

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    • #47
      I have one, it has balanced inputs and outputs.





      It gathers dust in the corner next to a behringer "noise reducer" which reduced a bunch of noise, when I took it out of my rig and placed it in the corner, to collect dust.











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      • #48
        The only time I ever found a sonic maximizer to be useful (except for straightening a short sofa leg) is in a PA, used to compensate for the room it's playing in. When we play out, I have a little 4-space rack with the BBE 482i, a power conditioner, and some useless junk with blinky lights. We run all the stuff to our mixer, through the BBE, and into the house mixer. all our tones sound fine in regular venues with good acoustics, but sometimes we need a little more oomph or a little less bite, depending on how the room itself is. for everything else, I find it to be somewhat less than useless.
        More notes per second = More emotion per second.

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        • #49
          double post
          More notes per second = More emotion per second.

          ESP Mirage Custom (EMG 85, EMG HA, EMG SPC)
          Peavey 6505+

          Good deals with: Lucius, Thesense, zangzadam, 64DUECE, EMGSTRAT, ornjbird, Gatelyne.

          ACTIVE PICKUPS CLUB

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          • #50
            A 3 year old thread with only 3 pages.



            I use a BBE SM in my wireless in-ears rack. Works like a charm.
            Tastes like Chicken

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            • #51






              Quote Originally Posted by separanets
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              What I found in the clips I provided above was that I can do all that tricks with my para EQ. They call the BBE like a lazy EQ.






              i could hear a difference in the vids....



              all the naysayers..... please tell me your thoughts on the vids. because so far it sounds great to me.
              watch movies online

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              • #52
                Buy one and try it.

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                • #53
                  I use it and not over use it,if trying too achive a good tone and now it doesnt sound like before,could your perception be changing or what has caused a back track of now i hate it in the worst way!

                  It works wonders in my 212 combo!

                  I have a quad of el34 with huge mids,now a little more bottom,like 6l6gc tubes and add a little highs also like a 6l6gc tube and a fuller range guitar shows up,glad its mine!

                  Just dont over adjust the thinky and its has a bit bigger dynamics !

                  If your mids seem to disappear your over doing it !

                  Your mids are there youve just overwhelmed them with too much bass contour and smothered them to death!

                  I think the quest for tone itself is a addiction,fortunately this pedal version was only $50.00 used !

                  So invain ive ordered a overpowered eminence tonker spkr for a hopeful enhancement, which of course sucks as bad as it can get right!

                  And so the search goes on,the gilbert airplane flanger was my biggest dissapointment so far!

                  I worry about metal players,more gain the better,gotta luv unpotted pups huh.

                  The metal players just jones all the time,try a ruby 12ax7 hg ac-5 these are sweet n gainy! youll feel better soon!

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                  • #54
                    But what does it ACTUALLY DO? What is its frequency response, phase response under various conditions? Does it have a linear amplitude response? What is its transfer function?



                    Is it a dynamic equalizer, or a multiband compressor? Does it use comb filtering or high & low shelf filters? What's the deal?

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                    • #55
                      My main concern with such a device is the introduction of brittleness. Most people are not aware that over time component tolerances may shift, resulting in very slight shifts in phase references and equalization creep. Over a period of time, as these tolerances continue to shift, there will be a convergence of phase shift within certain frequency ranges. When this occurs, it will no doubt introduce a distinct brittleness.
                      Originally posted by MrKnobs
                      God, that's beautiful man! And they say romance is dead!

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                      • #56






                        Quote Originally Posted by MattMayfield
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                        But what does it ACTUALLY DO? What is its frequency response, phase response under various conditions? Does it have a linear amplitude response? What is its transfer function?



                        Is it a dynamic equalizer, or a multiband compressor? Does it use comb filtering or high & low shelf filters? What's the deal?




                        I found a schematic for this device on the "forbidden forum"...I hate to be a tease, but I know we're are not allowed to post links from that forum here.



                        It is a "state variable filter"or psuedo state-variable filter, whatever those are. It basically boosts the treble, the amount of boost is dynamically adjusted depending on the amount on midrange energy present in the signal. There's an input buffer, one tap off of that is sent to a level detector, the other taps split the signal into low, mid and high bands. The gain on the high band is controlled by the overall level of the input signal. The "process" level is the treble, and the "lo contour" is the bass level, all three signals are then mixed in a summing amplifier and sent to the output.



                        I was a little surprised how simple the circuit is; it's completely analog and can be implemented with six op-amps.
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                        • #57






                          Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio Farquarth III
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                          My main concern with such a device is the introduction of brittleness. Most people are not aware that over time component tolerances may shift, resulting in very slight shifts in phase references and equalization creep. Over a period of time, as these tolerances continue to shift, there will be a convergence of phase shift within certain frequency ranges. When this occurs, it will no doubt introduce a distinct brittleness.




                          This is something that I have also witnessed. In real time.

                          My solution was to run them in tandem. I slightly stagger the outputs.
                          This is not the so-called Warbleshinny mastadon. over

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                          • #58
                            the only thing that I would like to add to this topic is that in addition to EQ it appears as though EVERY studio that I have ever been in has one of these patched in What is that all about?

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                            • #59
                              I don't know why people are knocking Sonic Maximizers in guitars rigs, I love the sound enhancements they give my sound. With my set up, I can use clean guitar tones, low, high and ultra high gain and my BBE's make my live sound as immaculate as in the studio.
                              After my signal goes thru my effects board, it goes into rack with a noise reduction unit, a BBE, a 31 band EQ, a parametric EQ, another noise reduction unit, another BBE Sonic Maximizer and then into my amps heads.
                              I get compliments on my sound and I am satisfied.
                              How many guitarists does it take to screw in a lightbulb ? Five , one to screw it in , hit the switch and four to sit around bragging how much better they could have done it !!!! 😱👹😲

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                              • #60
                                Hum..,. If you have to use all that rack gear and EQing just to clean up your signal I suspect you have some major flaws earlier in your chain

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