Price paid: $ 99
Purchased from: SAMASH
Sound — 10
Now, everyone always asks what exactly the Sonic Stomp does. It would seem that the Low contour doesn't just raise/lower the bass levels but when adjusted correctly it allows more low-end with no foggines to the bass. The process knob does increse decrease treble; It also seems to clear up the whole harmonics rather then just adding treble. The pedal doesn't add any extra hum and never gets turned off so no worry about switching. The Sonic Stomp fixes the slurs in the electric signal when it is amplified by, you guessed it, your amp. Turning off the Sonic Stomp lowers your volume and sucks the warmth out of your tone. There is also talk of where to stick this pedal. I put it last I'm my chain directly into my amps input but others put it last in their effects loop. Either way the difference is true and can't be overlooked.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal and the high gain tones can be thumpy or harsh. this BBE Sonic Stomp cleaned up my tone. My amp isn't high dollar and the stompboxes I play need to count. This one fits the bill and really provided the option of turning up without regretting it. Turn it on then turn it off and we'll have another believer; plain and simple. Also I'd like to add that it sort of 'compresses' the sound so volume control is easier when playing clean! Try it out.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Its a pretty solid little guy and hugs the floor nicely. The included A/C plug allows endless use and that is what this pedal demands. I never turn it off. I've had it for sevral months and it has showed no signs of slowing down. You really notice a difference when palm-muting or with fast, multiple-string runs. No thumpimg in the bass and crystal clear "smooth" treble. I havn't used the rack unit but this pedal did everything it says it does with style.
Ease of Use — 10
The BBE Sonic Stomp has an on/off button and two knobs fitted onto a slick lokking pedal which is about the size off a Boss effect. The first knob is a Low Contour and the second is called process. It has one input and one output and is powered by 9-volt baterry or by a supplied A/C adapter. Rotating the low contour 'generally' raises/lowers the Bass while the Process knob 'generally' raises/loers the Treble. Two knobs make this pedal easy to work with.