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BBE MaxCom Reviews

3.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • Michael
    from April 9, 2015Music Background:

    Don't believe the hype

    I bought this unit on the recommendation of a friend. Turns out it adds crackly static noise to my high end. Not only that, but the first one I got died within a few months. The replacement has loose knobs, as though the board wasn't bolted down properly. At the very least, BBE has quality control issues.

  • Attica
    from March 5, 2015

    Love mine

    I purchased two of these for use in a professional studio where we shoot live video while recording live bands. They sound fantastic, and do the job just fine. Both of mine are whisper quiet and have taken quite a beating . Now if I had to gripe I would say the knobs feel pretty lousy/sticky/cheap.

  • medic
    from seattle February 7, 2015Music Background:
    beat production, mixing

    not worth it

    This unit is noisy and the Sonic Maximizer effect is just not very good imo. I got this because it was an inexpensive stereo comp, but it was relegated to sitting somewhere (not in use) after a few days of trying to figure out a way that it is useful (i was unable to find one). I would suggest the chameleon labs stereo comps (7720) kill this thing dead and they are worth saving up for. If you plan to use this in a guitar or bass rig, maybe the shortcomings would not matter as much, but overall this thing is useless.

    It was also noted by a friend of mine that borrowed this unit for a bit (I was hoping he would buy it) that this thing can make bad noises and is far from clean overall. Not a serious piece of gear. Not even a very useful toy.

  • Mike St Charles
    from Rockford, MI January 11, 2014Music Background:
    Rock, Blues, Christian Rock, Classical

    Massive, clear, and rich.... ALIVE!!!!

    Guitarists are tone freaks, and I am such a freak. A few years ago, and after a TON of time and money on "tubes" and "effects," I finally defined "MY" tone, however tubes and pedals all have an inherent noise. I then went digital (Eleven Rack) out to a QSC K12 (thanks Forrest Powell). POW! Great tone, quiet, able to reproduce the same tone no matter the venue, however I perceived that the sound simply wasn't BIG enough (I'm haunted by the "size" of Doug Aldrich's hearty and rich tone.) I added the MaxCom yesterday and have since dialed in "bliss!" I went to group practice today and carried the group. Even the drummer came over to my rack and asked, "Ok, what's new?" (If the drummer can hear a difference, then there IS A DIFFERENCE!) Changing, or correcting, the phase of our hi/lo tones really highlights the harmonic richness of every note (even chords come alive).In addition to Compressor/Limiter/Gate/Maximizer, it is also a BOOSTER. Dialing the individual channel's output past zero squeezes out even more gain.

    Can't wait to enhance some tracks recording with it...

  • derrick
    from arlington VA April 5, 2013Music Background:
    live sound engineer

    no one has seen this!!!

    Love it...and the BBE process feature is a cool feature set to have. I use it in my kick and bass guitar with great results. Everyone ask me what is that and when did it come out...lol. Feels good to have a piece of gear no one has seen or heard yet. I recommend it highly for your rack...

  • Erik
    from East Coast November 20, 2011Music Background:
    Working musician

    Maximize for free

    At the same price as other similar compressors, BBE throws in it's Sonic Maximizer essentially for free! I use this as a compressor in my bass rig with huge sucess. I recommend it for any live sound applications. If you are looking for a studio grade recording compressor, this may not quite do it depending on you needs. For a live rig or PA system it's pretty epic.

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