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BBE Sonic Maximizer 362SW???

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BigBohn, Oct 8, 2001.


  1. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Is it any good? I would be running mono, maybe stereo in the future, but mainly mono and 1 channel, only live to my cab, maybe in far future a PA system or mixing board. does the specific low-frequency compressor/limiter whatever make a big deal? on the company site, it says the 362SW is great for bass settings live. is it true? anyone have experience with this? i'd only be using it for live effect in a mini rack, maybe 3 to 8 spaces. what would be best for my situation if not this compressor? btw, the other components would be an Ampeg SVP-PRO preamp, Korg DTR-1 tuner, and a Furman BR-8(not sure model number, but the good one with a light on it). Oh yeah and the poweramp is a Carvin DCM1500. If you would be so kind anybody, can you suggest the order I should put it in the rack? thanks and this would help me alot. thanks!!!!
     
  2. I picked up a 362 nr. I haven't had many chances to use it yet but like most users will tell you "once you turn it on you won't shut it off" or "it feels like pillows have been removed from in front of my speakers"

    I actually really like mine it isn't a lot of change but just enough. oh yeah people will say that too :)

    and some will say "I didn't notice much:C"

    overall it's a great unit, as far as what order to put it in ask someone else :D I am still playing with mine. But I just run mine from an FX loop or you can even use it like a pedal.
     
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    The Sonic Maximizer is a sonic bandaid.

    One reason that some rigs sound "crisper" or "more detailed" is because there is less phase shifting going on in the signal path. Every gain stage in an amp can cause some amount of phase shift (which introduces a time delay that varies by frequency). Graphic EQ circuits can be particularly bad in this regard. There are ways to reduce the problem by better circuit design but this costs money (duh).

    The Sonic Maximizer tries to address this by realigning the signal in a ham fisted way. It splits the signal into low and high bands then delays one relative to the other so that both bands reach your ear at the same time.

    The crappier your signal path is, the better it works. With a real good rig, it does nothing because there's nothing to "fix".

    In your rack it would go between your preamp and your power amp.
     
  4. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    would a good rig be like this by any chances?

    in order:
    1. Ampeg SVP-PRO preamp
    2. *prospective BBE compressor*
    3. Carvin DCM1500 poweramp
    all to --> SWR Megoliath 8x10
     
  5. Mario Lewis

    Mario Lewis

    Jul 6, 2001
    Clinton, MD

    I was under the impression that it would work best in the FX loop. Can you offer pro's and cons for post pre amp vs. in the FX loop?
     
  6. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    yes, do tell, please