Poll: Which one?
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Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer Pedal
3 30%
362 Sonic Maximizer
0 0%
482i Sonic Maximizer
1 10%
882i Sonice Maximizer
0 0%
Carrots
6 60%
Voters: 10.
#1
Hey guys,

Got a question for you...

BBE 362 Sonic Maximizer

or

BBE Sonic Stomp Maximizer Pedal

What are the main differences between these two pieces of gear any piece of info that might make one more useful then the other?

Also, are these more useful/worth the price increase?

BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer
BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer

Thanks,
- ATB
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Last edited by AboveTheBridge at Apr 12, 2008,
#2
I don't think you can go particularly wrong with any of them. For what it's worth I think the 482i and the pedal are the same unit, minus one thing. Fitz can answer this question better than I can because he has owned a couple of the maximizers. I think for the average person the 482i does the job.
#3
i have the 362, i think the only real difference between that (besides price) and the next step up is that the 482i can tweak 2 channels while the 382i only is 1. If youre not using it for anything huge, just a normal set up, id go with the 382i or the pedal thing to save money.
good luck!
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#4
Keep in mind, keeping a rackmount unit not in a rack generally isn't a terribly good thing to do. So that will add cost. If you already have pedals, the stomp might be easier just because of that.
#5
Personally, I run a Sonic Stomp.

First of all, an 882i will not benefit your sound over a 482i. An 882i is the same as a 482i, except the 882i has balanced jacks - meant for DJs and sound engineers, not musicians. You'll have absolutely no advantage to balanced jacks.

I'd only recommend the 482i if you already have a rack. It's a nice rackmount addition, however, it'd be kinda silly for it to be the only thing in your rack. The 482i has 2 chips onboard, meaning you can run it stereo if you wish. If you don't already have a happening rack and/or run your rig in stereo, the 482i is a bit overkill.

The Sonic Stomp is the same as the 482i, except it just has one chip onboard, instead of 2 (i.e. mono, not stereo) and IMO fits the practical usage of a musical instrument better than the 482i. It's the last thing in your effects chain. Simple as hell, has only what you need, and works.

The rackmount ones get hooked up in your effects loop (at the very end), and the Sonic Stomp at the end of your effects chain, regardless of where that chain lies. Apparently, it really doesn't make a difference if it's put in the loop or not, but the point is, it has to be the very last thing in your chain.

I hope that answered your question, and remember, those '08 polls are coming up soon. Vote Fitz!

EDIT: The 362 uses the 62 model chip, which is 3rd generation. The 482i/882i and Sonic Stomp use the 82 model chip, which is the current 4th generation. Check the BBE site for more specifics. 382i+ exists = no. There's only the 362 and a 362 with a low pass filter and separate LPF output.
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#6
Hmm, these things seems really good. Almost hard to believe those reviews, I have to test one first to see if it is that good.
Gear:

Guitars:
PRS SE Fredrik Åkesson
Schecter C-1 Custom FR
Schecter C-1 Plus
Schecter Damien Elite 7
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II
Fender acoustic

Bass: Harley Benton HBB400TBK

Amp: Peavy valveking 112
Line6 POD HD500
#7
I read a pretty epic argument on TB (PM me for link, since I don't think we're allowed to link there on the board) between people who swear by the sonic maximizer and people who hate it. From what I understand it's basically a delay on the bass frequencies with a pre-shaped EQ. Having not tried one I really don't get the buzz about these things. So those that have one (ie Primate and Fitz) - how would you describe what it does to your tone compared to when you take it out of the loop?
#8
Sweet, I'll look into the pedal then. Thanks guys.

- ATB
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#9
No shit, this is the truth:

With it off, your cabinet sounds like it's covered with thick blankets. Really muffled, and quite boxy, as if you can "hear the cab" restricting the speakers. Plus the blankets.

With it on, it's as if the speakers are out of their cabs, floating in the air, playing the true, clear sound that they're supposed to be playing.

The clean tone with the Sonic Maximizer is a subtle but noticible difference, but the distortion... if you use a distortion pedal, you will never, EVER play a distortion pedal without a BBE ever again. EVER AGAIN.
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#10
Oooh, sounds really good! But is it true that if you already have a really good amp, you wont notice any difference?
Gear:

Guitars:
PRS SE Fredrik Åkesson
Schecter C-1 Custom FR
Schecter C-1 Plus
Schecter Damien Elite 7
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II
Fender acoustic

Bass: Harley Benton HBB400TBK

Amp: Peavy valveking 112
Line6 POD HD500
#11
I haven't used it with a Hellborg rig or anything but on my $800 combo and my post $1000 stack it makes a noticible difference.

It's about phase correction - I think it'll make a difference on every amp. If anything, it'll make top drawer **** sound even better.
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#12
+1, it really does make a lot of difference. Pair it with a tech 21 and you will have some nice sounds coming out of your speakers.
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