Originally Posted by JoshuaCLS
I use it as an always on pedal. I just use it with both knobs at noon to correct the phase issues between high and low end so it all comes out sounding full and in your face. It's like taking a blanket off my amp. It can sound like it's adding sparkle, but it's really just correcting something that's already there you're just not hearing because phase cancelation.
It goes last in the chain, because it's correcting the signal for phase problems and shouldn't have anything else between it and the amp. =]
It's kind of like a magic mojo pedal.
Sorry, what do you mean by 'phase cancellation'. Phase issues don't come into play untill air has been moved. Air doesn't move until your speaker. Pedals can't fix phase issues. A sonic maximizer takes your signal, processes incoming frequencies, and boost other frequencies that are similar to those coming in. Also as is the case with your pedal-sized maximizer, there are bass and treble boosters in it. No doubt your rig sounds full and clear by itself.
I like using maximizers when I am working on overall mixes in my DAW. But how do you think your guitar sits in the mix of the bands you play in live? How does the maximizer help when you are using a bass and treble booster for an instrument that sits in the mids?
I guess if the pots are set to noon it will neutralize the loss if mids.
I've heard that a lot of players say that maximizers make their guitars sound full by themselves, but once they play out with their band, their guitar gets lost in the mix because they can't cut through.