BBE Sonic Maximizer: Love Hate?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by TrevorCJ, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. TrevorCJ


    Apr 29, 2012
    I used to run a BBE Sonic Maximizer, I thought it made my bass sound AMAZING. Until I played without it, and I realized it worked like a bandaid, covering up what I couldnt fix myself at the time, how do you guys on TB feel?
  2. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    I tried the SM when I was fairly new to bass playing. It took me about 2 weeks to hate it.
  3. silky smoove

    silky smoove

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Love it solo, hate it in a mix.
  4. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    $49 bucks today Wednesday Stupid Deal of Day musiciansfriend
  5. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Great for vocals, not so much for bass, IMO.
  6. KrisHayes


    Sep 30, 2012
    Only real application for one of these is a DJ gig, honestly. Does nothing to me for bass tone.
  7. Its basically just a really big, expensive 2 band eq.

    Dont waste your money. Whenever I see one of these units i know the owner bought some snake oil ;)
  8. tk4207


    Sep 25, 2010
    Used in large doses, yes, it might seem like a snake oil 2-band eq, but if you dial it back and use just a touch of it, it adds presence and rounds out the bass in a way that no other equipment I've used can. I have the hardware version, but I also purchased the plugin version to use with my DAW, and in small doses on the master buss it gives my mix a little extra "oomph" and clarity. Just my two cents.
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I like a little on a stereo mixdown of electronic music, but I do not think it's worth anything on bass guitar.
  10. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    I liked the plugin version too much, actually. When I discovered it I'd just add the plugin to every single track in a mix.

    Then I got tired and went back to regular EQ. :D
  11. Tuned


    Dec 6, 2007
    It works by delaying everything below 2kHz by 2ms (so treble hits first) and an eq boost centered at 10kHz. It's intended to compensate for treble transient delay when micing a speaker, and it does make a considerable difference. On anything but guitar you should compare it against just a 10kHz EQ boost. Much of its "advantages" are from convincing people to ignore the fact that EQ boosting is to be avoided in favor of mic technique. I stopped using it years ago, would never use it on bass.
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I use a rackmount. Sparingly. Sometimes.
  13. FlatFive

    FlatFive Banned

    Jan 22, 2013
    Love it. Best investment I ever made with an "effect." In fact, it should not sound like a effect at all. It simply adds clarity and punch.

    i leave it on all the time. I think most people use it incorrectly or OVER use it, in which case you'd be better off without it.

    I also use the plug in for recording and it simply makes EVERYTHING sound better -- guitar drums, vocals. Don't believe those who say it's just a highs and lows boost. It is not.
  14. aasti3000


    Jul 18, 2012
    I use it to DJ. I never thought about using it playing bass. Might have to try that.
  15. KsPiNeSh


    Mar 28, 2008
    Kansas City
    I used the one in my BMax preamp when I ran that years ago and it was okay. Cranking it gives you a nice mid-scoop, but I can see how just a pinch could seem to make a positive difference. That said, I sold it and haven't thought twice.