BBE Sonic Maximizer Plug-In  

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Based on the 4th generation 882i analog unit.

The BBE Sonic Maximizer Plug-In is a new software version of BBE's award-winning Sonic Maximizer that features revised code to support more platforms including Mac, PC VST, and Direct X. The Sonic Maximizer Plug-In allows unlimited user-definable presets, realtime preset changes, and full MIDI implementation. It's like having a rack full of the 882i units at your command for processing multiple tracks. The
Sonic Maximzeer Plug-In can add brilliance, depth, detail, and definition to your music in many PC audio software applications that accept Direct X plug-ins, from multi-track recording to sampling to remixing.

The BBE Process--"What it Is"

Loudspeakers have difficulty working with the electronic signals supplied by an amplifier. These difficulties cause such major phase and amplitude distortion that the sound reproduced by the speaker differs significantly from the sound produced by the original source.
In the past, these problems proved unsolvable and were thus relegated to a position of secondary importance in audio system design. However, phase and amplitude integrity is essential to accurate sound reproduction. Research shows that the information which the listener translates into the recognizable characteristics of a live performance are intimately tied into complex time and amplitude relationships between the fundamental and harmonic components of a given musical note or sound. These relationships define a sound's "sound".
When these complex relationships pass through a speaker, the proper order is lost. The higher frequencies are delayed. A lower frequency may reach the listener's ear first or perhaps simultaneously with that of a higher frequency. In some cases, the fundamental components may be so time-shifted that they reach the listener's ear ahead of some or all of the harmonic components.
This change in the phase and amplitude relationship on the harmonic and fundamental frequencies is technically called "envelope distortion." The listener perceives this loss of sound integrity in the reproduced sound as "muddy" and "smeared." In the extreme, it can become difficult to tell the difference between musical instruments, for example, an oboe and a clarinet.
BBE Sound, Inc. conducted extensive studies of numerous speaker systems over a ten year period. With this knowledge, it became possible to identify the characteristics of an ideal speaker and to distill the corrections necessary to return the fundamental and harmonic frequency structures to their correct order. While there are differences among various speaker designs in the magnitude of their correction, the overall pattern of correction needed is remarkably consistent.
The BBE Process is so unique that 42 patents have been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office.

Order today and make your projects sound clearer, brighter, warmer, and punchier.

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Lacks ONE thing that the hardware units do!


from Los Angeles, CA

This plugin brings out a lot of clarity in the songs I use. I use this in Mixmeister PRO 6 and can apply the BBE effect to individual songs in my mix. It really is like having a rackful of 882i's. A definite PLUS!But this plugin, unfortunately, has an Output Gain control knob. The hardware 482i and the 882i units do not. In fact, the hardware units somehow figure what to do to avoid clipping, so when a user pushes the IN/OUT button, the loudness appears to be about the same.This plugin requires the user to fiddle with the Gain knob to avoid clipping. And it doesn't help that the LED's aren't exactly accurate. I recorded music with the BBE and the LED's indicated that the song was not clipping. But when I imported the song into Cool Edit it clearly showed clipping. So I had to back off the Gain knob, re-record, re-edit, until I found the best Gain setting. What a pain!I hope BBE fixes this in the next version so the plugin emulates what the hardware units do in terms of Gain.

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Well worth the money


from Chicago-ish

I have 2 BBE 482's in my rack and simply love them. Currently I'm only using this plug in for mastering my work in WaveLab and cannot believe the difference it makes. Unless you have a monster setup, you know that after mixing 20 or so tracks in any application, you tend to lose a little clarity and fidelity, even in the digital domain. This plug in adds life to anything it touches. It sounds so nice that I've gone back and re-mastered everything I've done over the last year using it. I have a lot of plugins that see very little use anymore, but no way will this one get shelved. You absolutely, positively cannot beat the quality for this price.....period.

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Sounds great , but ...


from Copenhagen, Denmark

This plug-in sounds really great. It's fantastic on vocals. Has a few useful presets build into it. Low CPU load. On the downside, when I load the first instance of it into my Cubase SL2.2, I get 20-30 sec. of horrible digital noise. After the noise fades, it works fine. I use a M-audio Firewire 410 sound module.

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