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Sonic Maximizer Use

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ourkingsransom, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. I just ordered a SM57 because I need a good mic that is extremely flexiable in most applications. I will be laying vocals ontop of my instrument tracks soon. Done alot of research on acoustics and what not but was curious if the use of a BBE 482 would be a good idea to improve my sound, every signal i've ran thru it always comes out better, wondering if I should take it raw or use it. Anyone try this? I'm pretty certain it will come down to which fits best in my mix.

    Thanks for the advice in advance
  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I used to use mine on mixes going to cassette tape, but other than that I found it too much.
  3. Thanks for the advice, I can see why you'd use it on a cassette transfer.
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I have you can have for $50
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Isn't that thing a parametric eq in a red suit? Wouldn't an equalizer be more versatile and do the same type of thing?
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I like the BBE sound a lot if it isn't overdone.

    How were you planning on routing your SM57 through it?

    At some point you'll have to unbalance the signal for it to go through the BBE482.

    I usually save the BBE until we have a final mix, but if you wanted to use it to some extent during the tracking - I'd say give it a try. Either way, it's a cool thing to have in your toolbox.
  7. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    The only thing I've really found a BBE to be good for was holding the door open when I carry real gear in or out for a gig.

    The only thing it does is a presence boost... which I can do with a simple twist of a channel strip EQ... but with less noise.
  8. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    To each his own. To my ear it does more than an EQ can, if it isn't overdone. The one we use is one of the original design. Maybe they don't make 'em like the used to? I don't know...

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