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    I've heard someone here say, and I can't remember who, that the BBE Sonic Maximizer is absolutely essential to getting a good sound out of a 5150.

    I'm going to be picking one up next week for my 5150 Combo, and my questions are:

    Is it better in the effects loop or in front of the amp?

    What settings work best?

    I will be getting the Sonic Stomp.

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    I run a 482 in the loop, works best for me. As far as settings, just use your ears. What I use may sound like garbage to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbed1 View Post
    I run a 482 in the loop, works best for me. As far as settings, just use your ears. What I use may sound like garbage to you.
    Yup, in the loop. Just play w/the settings. It's similar to an EQ and very user-friendly.
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    Effects loop works best. The BBE Sonic Stomp is absolutely essential when using the gain channel of my Peavey Prowler. I set it at 12 and 1 o'clock. But I don't use it much anymore as I use a distortion pedal through the clean channel.

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    Got my BBE yesterday and played with it. I put it in my effects loop behind my delay and chorus. As of today, the settings for the BBE that I'm happy with are 2 o'clock on the Low, and about 10 o'clock on the Process.

    I would describe the sound as "tighter" overall. It does seem to make the notes more articulate in general. The high notes are more clear, without being harsh.

    I like.
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    Yep I run mine in the loop of my 5150. I have my low at 4:00, process at about 1:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    Got my BBE yesterday and played with it. I put it in my effects loop behind my delay and chorus. As of today, the settings for the BBE that I'm happy with are 2 o'clock on the Low, and about 10 o'clock on the Process.

    I would describe the sound as "tighter" overall. It does seem to make the notes more articulate in general. The high notes are more clear, without being harsh.

    I like.
    Try it as the very last effect in the loop.
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    It's last.

    My signal path is run like this:

    Guitar___Boss Super Overdrive___Low Gain Input of Amp___Effects Send of Amp___Boss Digital Delay___Boss Super Chorus___BBE Sonic Stomp___Effects Return of Amp.

    Right now, my EQ on the amp is: Low-6.5, Mids-4.5, and Highs-3.5
    My Presence is about 4 and my resonance is about 6.5

    I'm playing through my crunch channel with my pre-gain about 7, and crunch button and bright button off for most songs. I will push my crunch button in for some higher gain songs, which, in combination with the super overdrive gives you about the same amount of gain as the lead channel, but with what I consider to be a better tone.

    my super overdrive settings are 3 o'clock on the level, 12 o'clock on the drive, and my tone is set to about 10 o'clock.

    BTW: My lead channel pre-gain is set to 5. I've found if you ever go past that on the lead channel, it's not very musical.

    I'm pretty much a minimalist on effects, so I think I'm pretty much done.
    I considered getting a phaser and flanger, but to be honest, there are only a couple songs I would ever use them on. Besides, if you play with your chorus pedal, you can get a phaser effect from it. About the only other pedal I think I would consider getting is a Wah pedal.
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    Sorry, got the order wrong, it's Chorus, then Delay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    It's last.

    My signal path is run like this:

    Guitar___Boss Super Overdrive___Low Gain Input of Amp___Effects Send of Amp___Boss Digital Delay___Boss Super Chorus___BBE Sonic Stomp___Effects Return of Amp.
    Can I ask you why you run your guitar in to the Low Gain Input of your amp? Isn't that mostly used if your guitar has active pickups or if you want a better clean sound? I actually do the same on my Peavey Prowler amp but that's because the High Gain Input is broken and also I use a distortion pedal for gain and want a better clean signal to run the pedal in to.

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    Sure.

    The quick answer is that it sounds better.

    If I remember correctly, on the Peavey 5150 the low gain input is for guitars with higher output pickups, and the high gain input is for guitars with lower output pickups. I think the low gain input is a "padded" input.

    I used to use the high gain input, until one day I tried the low gain input, and it sounded much better to my ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    Sure.

    The quick answer is that it sounds better.

    If I remember correctly, on the Peavey 5150 the low gain input is for guitars with higher output pickups, and the high gain input is for guitars with lower output pickups. I think the low gain input is a "padded" input.

    I used to use the high gain input, until one day I tried the low gain input, and it sounded much better to my ear.
    Thanks! I like your answer. Let your own ears be the judge.

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    I'm gonna try the low input one tomorrow night for the hell of it.
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    I had a Sonic Maximizer for years and found it quite useless after a while. For me it did nothing more than your normal EQ knobs will do. Brought out highs ect.. The bottom end was pretty nice though. Sorta like the Res knob on a Peavey 5150.

 

 

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