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In the shop we have a lightly used BBE 362 Sonic Maximizer rack unit!
BBE's sonic maximizers are a set of processors that optimize a sound signal specifically for being sent through a set of speakers. PA speakers are designed for purposes of projecting a sound source: they differ substantially in sound quality, but as a whole, projection is their primary goal. By their nature, a signal going through a set of speakers suffers some ills as it comes out, deadening the sound and making the whole thing a bit muddy. One of the primary culprits in this sad state of affairs is the nefarious frequency-dependent phase shifting -- a delay in sound reproduction between different frequencies. Inductance in the voice coil of a speaker causes the impedance to rise as the frequency does. This results in high frequencies taking longer to hit the listener's ear than low frequencies. This is a real killer when it comes to the attack (articulation) of numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, or bass, and especially for percussive instruments, which live or die by their attack. A sound system suffering from this sounds muffled or muddy.
Fret not, though: BBE's Sonic Maximizer was designed for precisely this purpose. Their processing consists primarily of two steps:
- The Sonic Maximizer adds delay times to lower frequencies on a curve, designed to counteract the natural phase delay between the bass and treble. This ensures that the whole signal reaches people at once, brightening the tone and giving the signal all the livelihood of what's happening on stage.
- Additionally, full-range speakers often reproduce lowest and highest frequencies at a lower efficiency than all the stuff in the middle. This is more or less an accepted fact of most PA speakers - systems often come with high and low frequency boost switches to alleviate this issue. However, BBE's Sonic Maximizer series augment these frequencies intelligently and in conjunction with their delay curve, offering a solid, full-range signal in a single box!
The BBE 362 is the most basic of the three sonic maximizers, processing two mono signals as a ganged stereo signal. Ganged stereo means it can process two mono signals, but with the same dial; in other words, the two mono signals are both sent through the same processing. Though it doesn't have the features of its big brothers, it's the same processing power, at an unparalleled price.
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