I was initially very happy with the sound of this rig, but something was definitely lacking. I knew that it just did not sound as nice as my other rack set up which incorporates a BBE Maxcom. I figured I needed to pick up another sonic maximizer. Found a killer deal on a new one and dropped it in the loop after the compressor. There we go! I really have to say, I played with the EQ for hours, before I plugged this in looking for "the tone." 5 minutes later...yes. That's what it needed. I know some don't care for these gadgets, but if your sound is lacking and you can't put your finger on it, give them a chance.