BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i : moosers's user review
The BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i is a dual channel exciter, also known as a sound enhancer. What it does is that it will boost up the high end frequencies in a signal to make it sound more “alive” and vibrant. I’m not sure what type of connections the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i has as the one I used is pre-racked, but it is a rack mountable piece of gear that will only take up a single rack space unit.
The set up of the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i is very easy to follow, as each channel only has two knobs and a section for metering. The parameters that each channel has are for process, which is the exciter portion of the unit, as well as a knob for lo contour, which boosts the low end in the signal and is there to balance out the level after using the process knob. There is also a bypass switch in the middle of the two channels. I don’t have a manual for the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i, but it is very simple to use and a manual isn’t needed.
The sound quality of the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i is very good, especially when compared to some of the other models of the Sonic Maximizer. While I don’t use this all the time, when I do use it I find that I am happy with my results. I’ve used it on a number of different applications including vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and drum overheads. In some cases I’ve even used it on single drums like snare drum, tom tom drums, and kick drum.
I’ve been using the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i for about two years and it is probably the best model of the Sonic Maximizer out there that I have used. While I prefer the plug-in version of this model because it is more convenient to use since I don’t use it that much, the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i sounds great and is certainly a unique type of outboard gear. The price of the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i isn’t too expensive, but I really would recommend the plug-in version over this one unless you feel you are going to be using it all the time because it is a little cheaper and much more convenient. If you are looking for a piece of gear that will add a little punch to your mixes, the BBE Sonic Maximizer 882i is worthy of a look.