Anyone who's heard a PA system with and without the BBE Sonic Maximizer 482i in line knows that it adds definition, clarity, sparkle and punch. But what exactly does the BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer do? For starters, this sophisticated processor adds delay times to lower frequencies on a curve, to make up for the natural phase delay between the bass and treble that can result in muddy mixes. This phase realignment means the whole signal reaches the listener's ears at once, making the sound coming through the speakers more like experiencing the acoustic instrument right in front of you. What's even more amazing is how easy it is to use the Sonic Maximizer.
How It Works: Lo Contour and Process Knobs
It's easy to "maximize" your signal with the BBE 482i. Start with both knobs in the middle, then tweak your Lo Contour to control the amount of phase-corrected low frequencies. Next, tweak the "Process" knob to regulate the amount of phase-corrected high frequencies. A little goes a long way -- this subtle shift in time-alignment can brighten and boost your sound, improving the clarity and intelligibility of voals and instruments dramatically. Electric guitarists report better definition and bite. Bassists say they get deeper lows and crisper high harmonics. And mastering engineers say the BBE Sonic Maximizer livens up a final mix.
Two Channels of Unbalanced RCA and 1/4" I/O
The BBE 482i model gives you true dual-mono operation: two independent Sonic Maximizer signal processors rack-mounted in one chassis, so you can process a stereo signal or two separate mono signals (like a guitar and bass) with their own individual controls. With unbalanced 1/4" and RCA I/O, the 482i version is great for semi-pro applications that don't require balanced inputs and outputs. Try it in guitar, bass, or keyboard rigs, as a processor in your home studio.
- BBE Sonic Maximizer processing realigns phase and frequency, adding clarity to your signal
- 2 channels of process for stereo or separate mono mixes with individual channel controls
- 5-segment LED output meters
- 18 dBu headroom
- Unbalanced RCA and 1/4" inputs and outputs
- Hardware bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal
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Process Mode: Program controlled
Bypass Mode: 10Hz to 50kHz, +/- 0.5dBu, 10dBu input
Signal to Noise Ratio: 112dB Process IN
Process mode: less than 0.025% at 20-20kHz
Bypass mode: less than 0.002% at 20-20kHz
Maximum Output: +18dBu (may vary due to control settings)
Input Impedance: 47K Ohms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack
Output Impedance: 1K Ohms, unbalanced 1/4" phone jack or RCA jack
Sensitivity: -45dBu for maximum process
Maximum Process: +12dBu boost at 5kHz, -10dBu input
Lo Contour: +12dBu adjustment at 50Hz, -10dBu input
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- Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Have you ever wondered why music sounds better live? The wizards at the BBE company have pondered over that and have sunk gazillions into research to get an answer to that Zen-like question. Amazing as it is, they've unlocked the secret, and now we can all reap the benefits.
What those engineers discovered (and we're going to very roughly paraphrase this deep technical explanation) is that depending on the environment in which we are listening, we hear different frequencies at different times, because the sound is radiating in all directions and our brain processes these frequencies individually. Whereas, when the same music is pumped through any loudspeaker, the sounds are all coming from one place at the same time, losing that difference that allows us to perceive clarity in sound. A saxophone (or singer, or guitar, or whatever) sends sound in 360 degrees; a loudspeaker has a 12 in. (or other) window to shoot the sound out. There are other characteristics of loudspeakers that rob music of clarity as well, including the relationship of transient response in regard to phase response, but that's getting into that deep technical category. In plain terms, these guys figured out the problem, and built a box to fix it.
BBE learned which frequencies are delayed by what factor, and how to properly send this revised information through a loudspeaker. Any signal sent through a BBE processor sounds clearer, cleaner, and better. A vocal signal processed through BBE jumps out of a mix, and any acoustic instrument regains that vibrant quality that is lost in the recording process. Sending an entire mix through the thing sharpens it up in ways that defy description. "It adds sparkle" and "it makes a mix sound like a CD" are two of the most often-heard descriptions of what this miracle box does.
Who needs this box? Recording studios of any size, for starters. If there's somebody singing or speaking, you'll wonder how you survived without it. If you record any acoustic instruments as well, stop reading this and order one now. In this age of CDs, cassettes are starting to show their limits. When you put this box between your master source, and your cassette deck, it gives the venerable little cassette a sonic fighting chance. If you are a mobile or nightclub DJ, this unit will kick everything up a notch. Sound reinforcement companies, large and small, it's a no brainer how you can use it. Finally, if you have a rack as part of your rig, whether you're a keyboard, guitar, or bass player, you need this as the final stage before your signal goes out.
With the 482i model, you can get stellar sound for a very down-to-earth price. The 482i is perfect for semi-pro applications not requiring balanced jacks. (If you need balanced inputs, check out the 882.) Since it has true dual-mono operation, the 482 is 2 independent Sonic Maximizer signal processors in one chassis. Use it on a stereo signal or process 2 mono channels separately with separate controls. Rack this baby up and use it to liven up the sound of just about anything: live bands, home studios, mobile DJ systems, nightclub sound systems, individual instruments like bass, guitar, or keyboards - even your home stereo will sound like it cost twice as much through the 482i! The unit is really easy to use - basically, just hook it up and set the enhancement to your taste. Presto! - your stuff sounds completely amazing! It's really not fair to the ones who don't have the Sonic Maximizer, but somehow we think you'll live through the guilt.
- 2 channels of process for stereo or separate mono mixes
- 5-segment LED output meters
- +18dBu headroom
- RCA and 1/4 in. inputs and outputs
- Hardwire bypass
- Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal