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BBE Sonic Stomp: What is it?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by TelZilla, May 24, 2016.

  1. ICTRock

    ICTRock Tele-Afflicted

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    what is the bbe sonic maximizer? the scourge of craigslists and buy/sell/trades everywhere. what does it do? lets you know you won't be getting your money back. see also: line6 amps and schecter guitars
     
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  2. suave eddie

    suave eddie Friend of Leo's

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    I guess you guys don't like it, eh?
     
  3. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'll tell you what I don't like, your profile picture. Yikes! :eek:
     
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  4. studio

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    It's all about ear fatigue.
    Used wisely, it can be a lot like salt in your favorite food.
    Overused and it makes every thing taste inedible.

    You really need to know if you have a problem in the first place
    instead of getting one of these units and putting it in line
    with your other effects. So you have a phaser and a flanger
    and a delay and you wanna add a BBE to the mix? LOL.

    You can't be that naive right?

    In it's proper context, it work wonders, just maybe not
    on your pedalboard. You know, the one with the beer smell
    and the dried vomit.
    :eek:
     
  5. Rich724

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    I have a BBE Sonic Stomp on my board as well. I once saw a YouTube vid of one of these hooked up to an oscilloscope.
    It appears to allow you to adjust the highs and lows without affecting the mids. IMHO it clears up my tone a bit.
     
  6. suave eddie

    suave eddie Friend of Leo's

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    I should qualify my experience with the Sonic Stomp.
    I have very few pedals to begin with. Just a Green Screamer and a Tremolo. I play clean or with a bit of overdrive, or the overdrive channel of my Mesa Lonestar.
     
  7. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    Without the BBE, it looks like this:

    chpmain_1138399a.jpg
     

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  8. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

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    ^ I like that better.
     
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  9. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I has one of the Aural Exciters some years ago, as I recall it seemed to sound cool at rehearsals but using it live I didn't like what it was doing, and overall it seemed to be a pretty subtle effect.
     
  10. '55 HRDX

    '55 HRDX TDPRI Member

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    I've had one on my P board for a year, or so and I still am not tired of it
    I like it and set the controls per the instructions for clean setting.
    Better w/ a Fender then w/ Humbuckers.
     
  11. ChipOnly

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    It's ********, IMO.

    The circuit is a state variable filter with all outputs summed to create an all-pass filter. In other words, a fancy tone control.

    Even if you take at face value the bologna about the soundwaves or signal or how fast it travels or any of that, what happens when you get to the gig and the engineer throws a 57 on your amp and your back to square one through the house, with all your signals misaligned or whatever? Hope you wore yr crystal!
     
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  12. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Give it to the sound guy to put it in the mixer's fx loop :D
     
  13. FenderLover

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    Ding! You are correct sir. There is no time-align frequency delay anything going on inside.

    I still like it once in a while. I like garlic too, but I don't put it on everything.
     
  14. uriah1

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    I think I took them off my board, other than ear fatigue, and constantly changing to get a
    new desired effect, it put me into a HI-FI state of mind. Warmth loss, etc. hard to explain.
     
  15. WaylonFan76

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    Total snake oil. I took it off my board and replaced it with a EP Booster, my tone has never sounded better.
    I read in a few places that the sonic stomp sucks tone on purpose so that when you turn it on it gives the illusion of making you sound great. I don't know about that but all I can tell you is you don't need it.
     
  16. Paleolith54

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    Yeah, that was my experience too. Went from "wow!!" to "Adios" in about a month.
     
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    every sound guy I've heard mention it has been in relation to vocals. used as a "compressor" of sorts. Never noticed a difference into and amp though.
     
  18. Larry F

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    When ear fatigue is mentioned here, are we talking about something that occurs in a single (long) session, or something longer, like days, weeks, months?
     
  19. MilwMark

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    Personally, I started noticing very early in sets that my ears were "tired". Within a song or two. When I clicked it off that sensation went away.
     
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