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post Oct 11 2009, 12:16 PM
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My first review...if this goes ok, I have a few more ideas. mellow.gif




Gear: The BBE Sonic Stomp brings all the audio magic of its rack-mounted big brother - the 482i Sonic Maximizer - to the foot of the guitarist using pedals.

The Sonic is not an effect or tone manipulator. When a person hears an instrument live (with no speakers involved) the sound is organic and provides the particular timbre of that instrument. However, a sound played through speakers involves a phase delay between higher and lower frequencies, where the lower frequencies reach the listener earlier than the higher frequencies resulting in a 'muddier' sound than the instrument actually produces. This process also introduces amplitude distortion resulting in affected harmonics.

All of the Sonic Maximizer family (stomp, rack and digital - available as RTAS and VST plugins for your DAW) correct these audio distortions through delaying the frequencies on a spectrum, allowing the sounds to reach the listener as they would in a live environment, producing a more organic and tighter audio experience.

Price paid and where it was bought: I paid Australian $200 from an online vendor within Australia for the Sonic Stomp. I also bought the digital version - the D82 plugin - for use within my DAW and paid $129 USD through Nomad Factory as a download.

Own experience: I initially downloaded the demo version of the plugin to try it out. The difference in sound was immediate, obvious and pleasing to the ears. The demo had a two-week tryout period and by day 2 I knew I would keep using it, so I bought the full license and also ordered the Sonic Stomp to use for live playing.

Own musical preference: I listen to a wide range of music but tend to play heavier styles such as gothic metal and am newly moving into a more industrial feel. However, I also play in the church band which is closer to pop in style.

Ease of use: Both the pedal and the plugin could not be easier to use. The plugin's interface looks just like the pedal version but with the addition of an output level 'knob'. The pedal has two knobs and a switch. The Lo Contour knob allows the user to adjust the low frequency phasing and the Process knob adjusts the overall range, but it may be helpful to think of the knobs as Bass and Treble (though this is not an EQ device). The switch is true bypass and simply turns the Maximizer circuit on or off. There is one input and one output. For stereo, or multiple instruments, a rack version could be considered. The Maximizer should always be used last in an effect chain and be placed just prior to the amp/speakers. Another positive here is that it is set-and-forget. Whatever your environment (gig, studio, practice), dial in the adjustment you want and then leave it. The pedal runs off a 9v battery or adapter (it is meant to ship with adapter included but mine didn't so the store sent me a BOSS).

Sound quality: The Maximizer positively adjusts the overall sound quality without affecting tone. As already mentioned, it simply reorders the timing of different frequencies to allow a tighter, more natural sound. It reduces muddiness, improves clarity and harmonics, and is particularly useful after digital multi-FX units, though even analog effect users have noted the tighter, brighter experience.

This 2 minute clip has 3 samples each played twice - first time without BBE, second time with BBE. There is a slow, heavily distorted barre chord progression, then an acoustic run, then a lead run. Unfortunately, the clip lost 'something' in the Soundclick conversion (eg. the acoustic sounds fizzy and clipped) but it hopefully gives a basic reference point for sounds. Best to try one out in a shop or download the demo plugin for your DAW and judge for yourself.

http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_pl...hi&newref=1

Reliability: The Stomp is in a well built metal case with a very solid switch and metal knobs. Should take as much abuse as any BOSS pedal, but because it's set-and-forget it will rarely be touched. I've had mine since December 08 with no problems so far.

Summary: The Sonic Stomp is highly recommended to tighten up overall sound, especially for heavier styles where muddiness can be an issue. It will help the guitarist cut through the mix (but can be used on any electric instrument). Especially recommended for digital multi-FX users but also adds brightness and clarity to analog and acoustic line-ups.


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Bogdan Radovic
post Oct 11 2009, 06:32 PM
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Cool review mate! I wonder how would it work on bass instrument and is it useful there too.


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post Oct 11 2009, 07:41 PM
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This is very cool mate, thanks for this review. I always wondered how it would sound like, I guess it is definitely worth experimenting with this.


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post Oct 11 2009, 08:08 PM
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Nice review1
I've always been curious about these pedals, I've been using the pluggin for a while..
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post Oct 12 2009, 12:26 AM
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Bogdan,

It does work on a Bass.....it works on any electric instrument. I know of guys using them for keyboard. I'd put up some clips but dialling it in would be subjective because I haven't had much to do with bass and what makes for a good bass sound.

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Ivan,

It really is worth playing with. It's one of those things that's very subtle but when you turn it off, you instantly miss it.

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David,

Since you're using the plugin already you know what it does. The stomp adds that same power to your live playing. I find it great to cut through past the drums and keyboard and 3 singers!


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post Oct 12 2009, 12:43 AM
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Thanks for info man! After looking at some clips around the net I can see the need for this pedal smile.gif If I get a chance I will definitly buy it! smile.gif


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post Oct 14 2009, 03:43 AM
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How do I add this to the Wiki? Not trying to do the wikiwriter thing, just want to do a few articles on some gear.

EDIT: Nevermind, I found the wiki tutorial.

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post Oct 16 2009, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE (OzRob @ Oct 14 2009, 03:43 AM) *
How do I add this to the Wiki? Not trying to do the wikiwriter thing, just want to do a few articles on some gear.

EDIT: Nevermind, I found the wiki tutorial.

Do you want me to add it for you?
I can put it on the front page of the Gear Wiki then as well!
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post Oct 16 2009, 03:16 PM
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My local musicstore makes productvideos and they did one on the BBE sonic Stomp



It's in German but you can get a good impression on what this pedal does...
I have yet to try it out because I think I will instantly like it but I have no cash to add it to ma rig -.-


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post Oct 17 2009, 03:27 AM
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Hey Jonesy,

Feel free to add it if you like. I have some other ideas to come and I'll start from scratch by following the tutorial. smile.gif


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post Oct 28 2009, 11:46 PM
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Awesome review smile.gif
I used to have a sonic stomp, but i got rid of it and got a 882i Sonic Maximizer rack unit instead since i needed stereochannels.

I keep it on all the time.


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Great review and awesome pedal! Somebody told me a while ago about the existence of this pedal and said that it's like a magical pedal... I've never tried it but I get the free demo of the soft right now! Have you compared the pedal result with the plug in result? Is it the same or at least similar?




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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 29 2009, 03:11 AM) *
Great review and awesome pedal! Somebody told me a while ago about the existence of this pedal and said that it's like a magical pedal... I've never tried it but I get the free demo of the soft right now! Have you compared the pedal result with the plug in result? Is it the same or at least similar?


I've used the plugin, and it's almost identical to the pedal.


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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Oct 28 2009, 11:44 PM) *
I've used the plugin, and it's almost identical to the pedal.


Cool! Thank you Trond! wink.gif


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Oct 11 2009, 06:32 PM) *
Cool review mate! I wonder how would it work on bass instrument and is it useful there too.

Yeah, great review smile.gif

I use the plug-in, and it sounds GREAT on bass as well!
I could make a mp3 where you can hear it on and off, if you're interrested smile.gif

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Oct 29 2009, 06:46 AM) *
Cool! Thank you Trond! wink.gif

I use it all the time, sounds great smile.gif
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post Oct 29 2009, 07:57 AM
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Yep, plugin works just like the pedal or rack.

A 10-day fully functional demo is available here. I bought the full license on day 2! laugh.gif
http://www.nomadfactory.com/downloads/d82/index.html


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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Oct 29 2009, 07:39 AM) *
Yeah, great review smile.gif

I use the plug-in, and it sounds GREAT on bass as well!
I could make a mp3 where you can hear it on and off, if you're interrested smile.gif


I use it all the time, sounds great smile.gif


That would be really cool to hear (bass sound - on and off). Does plugin sound the same as stomp or rack ?


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Oct 31 2009, 11:56 PM) *
That would be really cool to hear (bass sound - on and off). Does plugin sound the same as stomp or rack ?

I'll try to get it done tomorrow or monday smile.gif
I'll PM when I've posted it here!
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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Nov 1 2009, 02:49 AM) *
I'll try to get it done tomorrow or monday smile.gif
I'll PM when I've posted it here!


Thanks , I appreciate it! Take your time, and PM would be great. I'm think this is the next pedal I need for my pedalboard ( MXR Deluxe Octaver and this one). Seems so useful! smile.gif


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BBE have two new tools to complement the D82 Sonic Maximizer. They are the H82 Harmonic Maximizer and L82 Loudness Maximizer. All 3 are offered together as the BBE Sound Sweet. Legit owners of the D82 can upgrade to the Sweet for US$50.

http://nomadfactory.com/products/bbe/sonic_sweet/index.html

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