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Great pre-amp for diverse sounds
By: Bones from Santa Cruz, CA      Submitted: 11/27/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? 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. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Solid quality - very solid feeling - nothing cheap or cheesy about it. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? Cut/boost on bass, treble but only cut on mids. there is a nice compressor built in and the BBE process boosts highs and lows. Bright switch to boost highs even more but i don't use it much - tends to make string noise more apparent and annoying - probably OK for slapping but I can get a really great slap sound without it so don't use it. Compressor and BBE process can be turned on/off. Sound How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use? Sound quality is great. Better clarity, punchier lows and crisper highs. A/B it with/without on your bass head/rig and see - the difference is really amazing. I have a SansAmp pedal and i now prefer this instead. Yes, the SansAmp is nice but not as versatile as the BBE-Max and also does't have a compressor (which, in my opinion is a required tool to get a really good bass sound that is punchy and not boomy). Feel Are the controls logically laid out? Controls are laid out nicely. Smooth pots - nice. Also, the controls are laid out logically - gain first, then tone modification controls like bright switch, treble, mid *cut*, bass, then mid sweep range/gain, then compressor and finally BBE process - just a well laid out signal chain. Tone How is the tone? Great tone. This will bring any bass rig alive. I can't imagine NOT using it now that I've been using it for 6 months. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? Great value at this price. I've seen it selling around and not found a better price except for used.
MUST HAVE!!
By: Josh from Greensboro, NC      Submitted: 12/21/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I've owned it a month -- no issues. We'll see what's to come down the road. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? I really like the features of this unit. Optical compressor, BBE Sonic Maximizer technology, powerful EQ system. I would prefer that the EQ section be set up for boost/cut, as opposed to boost only (bass & treble) and cut only (midrange). The saving grace of this design is the separate boost/cut mid level knob companioned with the selectable frequency knob. Knobs are easy to read on stage. I like that the compressor and sonic maximizer can be switched on/off with a switch on the face of the unit or with a footswitch. Sound How is the tone? I'm on a budget. I can't afford the Fender American Deluxe 5-string Jazz Bass that I want. Nevertheless, I hook up the Fender Squire Vintage Modified 70's 5-string Jazz Bass (also ordered from AMS), which sounds great on its own, and it sounds like the American Deluxe that I want. Blew my mind when I played through it the first time, and continues to. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? I've been able to accomidate great tone for my country band and for a few studio sessions with this unit. Everything from uber warm R&B tone to bright and snappy slap tone. Works well for rock, country, R&B, gospel, jazz, fusion, funk, ...whatever. I'm extremely impressed with this BBE BMAX preamp.
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