BBE Sound Inc has launched two new models, the BBE 882i and BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer signal processors. According to BBE Product Manager, Judd Levison, both were designed to offer far greater strength under demanding applications such as sound reinforcement and touring.
These units, which feature a 1/4" thick extruded aluminum faceplate anchored to chassis via hex head bolts, also benefit from improved graphics which are easier to read in poorly lit environments. In addition, new knurled, aluminum knobs have been incorporated for ease of control and a more positive feel, often critical to musicians, live sound mixers and DJs making fine adjustments mid-performance.
Both models employ 1% metal film resistors and military spec PCBs with extra thick traces. Further optimizing signal flow, all pots, switches and jacks mount directly to the PC boards of these units, which also feature the extremely quiet, proprietary Sonic Maximizer op amp, designed by BBE.
The 482i Sonic Maximizer restores an audio signals natural brilliance and clarity by the use of two primary functions. First it adjusts a signal's phase relationships between it's low, mid and high frequencies while progressively adding longer delay times to lower frequencies, this creates a kind of "mirror curve created by the speaker neutralizing its phase distortion. Secondly the Sonic Maximizer augments higher and lower frequencies; loudspeakers tend to be less efficient in their extreme treble and bass ranges. The end result is a dynamic program-driven restoration without the ear fatigue that is normally experienced with the use of equalizers or exciters.
The BBE 482i is perfect for semi-pro applications not requiring balanced jacks. With true dual-mono operation, the BBE 482i is two independent BBE SONIC MAXIMIZER signal processors in one chassis.
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 BBE 482i model, you can get stellar sound for a very down-to-earth price. The BBE 482i is perfect for semi-pro applications not requiring balanced jacks. (If you need balanced inputs, check out the BBE 882i.) 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 BBE482i! 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.
- Pro and semi-pro sound reinforcement
- Multitrack studios
- Mobile DJ systems
- Cassette copies
- Nightclub sound systems
- Instrument racks for guitar, bass and keyboards
- 2 channels of process for stereo or separate mono mixes
- 5 segment LED output meters
- +18dBu headroom
- RCA and1/4" inputs and outputs
- Hardwire bypass
- Bypass switch for comparison of processed to unprocessed signal
- Frequency Response:
Process Mode: Program controlled
Bypass Mode: 10Hz to 50kHz, +/- 0.5dBu, 10dBu input
Process mode: less than 0.025% at 20-20kHz
Bypass mode: less than 0.002% at 20-20kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 112dB Process IN
- 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
BBE 482 Sonic Maximizer at a Glance:
Easy to read and use in dimly-lit environments
The Sonic Maximizer 482, which features a 1/4" thick extruded aluminum face plate anchored to chassis via hex head bolts, also benefits from improved graphics which are easier to read in poorly lit environments. In addition, new knurled, aluminum knobs have been incorporated for ease of control and a more positive feel, often critical to musicians, live sound mixers and DJs making fine adjustments mid-performance.
Reveals the sonic brilliance of your performance
The Sonic Maximizer can coax out the authentic sonic brilliance of a performance, giving you clean sound unhampered by the deviations that occur anytime music is played through a sound system. The highs in your sound are bright and articulate, the lows are tight and rich, the strings sparkle, the percussion cracks, the vocals shine.
Delivers a new level of realism to your instruments
Your instruments take on a whole new level of realism - the level they lost when they were first recorded or played through a sound system. And the final result is pure and musical. You hear the great performance; you don't hear the machine at work. Experience the magic of the 482 Sonic Maximizer!
BBE 482 Sonic Maximizer Features:
BBE warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.
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