BBE BMAX Bass Guitar Preamp

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    Product Description

    The BMAX is a high quality bass preamp/processor for the recording studio and on the stage. At the heart of the BMAX is a class A/B front-end, the input of which emulates the loading effect that the input of classic-design tube preamp would present to the bass pickups, and one of the key aspects in the warmth and punch of tube preamps. The BMAX also provides a pure and clean electronically-balanced DI output. From its 1/4" thick extruded front panel to thoughfully designed ergonomics to the red-abalone-topped knobs, the fit and finish of the BMAX exudes quality craftsmanship.


    • The BMAX is perfect anywhere an extremely high-quality, pristine preamplifier is required for the bass guitar
    • In the recording studio where a bass amplifier is impractical due to space or loudness considerations
    • In performance applications, where players will find the BMAX ergonomics intuitive and easy to use
    • The BMAX EQ and Dynamic controls, combined with the patented Sonic Maximizer processor, afford a wide palette of tonal choices

    Product Specifications


    • Full Function 4th Generation BBE Sonic Maximizer processor
    • Solid-state, Class A/B front-end with interactive 3 band EQ and interactive “bright” switch
    • Electronically balanced DI output
    • Quasi-parametric mid-range EQ with 12db of boost or cut between 250 to 1000hz
    • Single-knob soft-knee optical compressor
    • Inputs for both passive pickup and active pickup instruments
    • 1meg ohm input impedance
    • Ground lift switch
    • Balanced XLR and ¼” TRS Outputs
    • Military-spec circuit boards
    • Extra thick, extra wide circuit board traces for unequaled electron flow
    • 1% metal film resistors throughout
    • Solid 1/4” thick aluminum extrusion front panel for extreme ruggedness
    • Made with pride in the USA
    • 5 year warranty

    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  714-897-6766 Warranty:  5 Years
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    Tone machine
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    I own this preamp and the earlier BBE 383 bass preamp ... I LOVE this preamp! has passive tone controls and takes time to fully understand & use properly but the rewards are great in all applications. I use mine to drive Crown XLS 1000 power amps and SoundTech 800 powers amps & also as a studio D.I. box. Its built well & very effective when used properly ..I have used BBE processors for many years so I am aware of the BBE processing lo contour & BBE high freq control . It has huge amounts of gain. Reading the instruction book is a MUST for new users. I highly recommend this unit for anyone needing a component type bass rack. very high quality
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    Great pre-amp for diverse sounds
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    OK - got this from AMS about 6 months ago and have been using it as the pre-amp before my Carvin 500 bass head. All i can say is this is a really great pre-amp and it really livens up my bass rig sound. I use the pre-amp into the power amp input of my head. I have both the compressor on and the BBE sound processing on with them all set to around half way. This seems to give the best sound as too much compression makes the sound cut off too much and too much of the BBE process makes it too boomy. With it on though it makes my highs a bit crisper and my lows a bit more present. The mids control is only a cut so i set it to a higher level so it doesn't cut as much to get a bit more mid-range. OTher than that it's now a keeper in my everyday rig - don't know what I'd do without it. THis is an all around great sound sculpting tool.
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