BBE Sound Maximizer

For sale by Ben16 Sep 9:04 amKasoa, Accra

GH₵ 400


BBE's Sonic Maximizer has been with us for
several years now, earning itself a
reputation as one of the sweeter sounding
enhancers on the market. PAUL WHITE
studio tests the latest incarnation, the 462,
whichwhich benefits from extensively redesigned
When Aphex first invented the Aural
Exciter, they can have had little idea that
their work would inspire a whole genre
of sonic enhancers, based on a wide
range of operating principles. The
patented Aphex process works by
synthesizing additional high frequency
harmonics related to the original signal,
but BBE chose to travel a different route,
basing their process on a combination of
dynamic equalisation and phase
manipulation. To augment the high
frequency enhancement of the BBE
process, the new Model 462 features a Lo
Contour control which adds power to the
bass end of the spectrum. Few details are
provided to explain how this works, but
reading between the lines, it appears to
be another form of dynamic
For those unfamiliar with dynamic
equalisation, here's how it works:
imagine an equaliser whose level of
boost is related to the level of the signal
being treated. When there's no signal
present, there's no boost, and when the
signal level is high, maximum boost is
applied. Such an approach has many
advantages; it can help emphasise
transient sounds without adding any
noise when the input signal is low, as
would be the case with a conventional
boost equaliser.
The phase manipulation side of the
process is described as a linear phase
shift across the whole audio spectrum
corresponding to a delay of under 2ms.
This is intended to prevent the high
frequency detail from being smeared by
the low frequency components of the
sound and increases definition without
boosting level.
As far as it being an equalizer? Not quite..
Here is some more:
Since the operating principle of the 462
is based on dynamic equalisation, the
end result depends very much on the
dynamics of the incoming signal. For
example, used on a constant level 'pad'
sound, the result isn't far removed from
what you'd expect when using a
conventional equaliser. Conversely, a
dynamically active signal such as a drum
track or percussive bass line is treated in
a far more positive manner. Transient
details -- such as snare drum beats and
cymbal hits -- take on extra sparkle,
while more subtle sounds -- such as
reverb and intricate keyboard textures --
seem to open up, allowing the individual
sounds in a mix to shine through rather
than burying each other. Similarly, the
bass enhancement helps to make a bass
line or bass drum sound punchy without
unduly clouding what goes on between
the beats.

Instrument type:
Studio / Live Music equipment
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