The BBE Sonic Stomp Pedal will make guitarists and bassists rejoice! More fullness, more presence, more clarity, and more control right at your feet. Hardwire bypass, nonslip rubber bottom, easy-access 9V battery compartment, and included external power supply.
The BBE Process--"What it Is"
Loudspeakers have difficulty working with the electronic signals supplied by an amplifier. These difficulties cause such major phase and amplitude distortion that the sound reproduced by the speaker differs significantly from the sound produced by the original source.
In the past, these problems proved unsolvable and were thus relegated to a position of secondary importance in audio system design. However, phase and amplitude integrity is essential to accurate sound reproduction. Research shows that the information which the listener translates into the recognizable characteristics of a live performance are intimately tied into complex time and amplitude relationships between the fundamental and harmonic components of a given musical note or sound. These relationships define a sound's "sound".
When these complex relationships pass through a speaker, the proper order is lost. The higher frequencies are delayed. A lower frequency may reach the listener's ear first or perhaps simultaneously with that of a higher frequency. In some cases, the fundamental components may be so time-shifted that they reach the listener's ear ahead of some or all of the harmonic components.
This change in the phase and amplitude relationship on the harmonic and fundamental frequencies is technically called "envelope distortion." The listener perceives this loss of sound integrity in the reproduced sound as "muddy" and "smeared." In the extreme, it can become difficult to tell the difference between musical instruments, for example, an oboe and a clarinet.
BBE Sound, Inc. conducted extensive studies of numerous speaker systems over a ten year period. With this knowledge, it became possible to identify the characteristics of an ideal speaker and to distill the corrections necessary to return the fundamental and harmonic frequency structures to their correct order. While there are differences among various speaker designs in the magnitude of their correction, the overall pattern of correction needed is remarkably consistent.
The BBE Process is so unique that 42 patents have been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office.
Lo Contour and Process controls
1MEG Ohms input impedance for proper pickup loading
1K Ohms output impedance when engaged
1% metal-film resistors for consistency
High-voltage poly caps for better tone
Military-spec circuit board for reliability
Blue status LED for high visibility and low power consumption
Easy access battery compartment
9V battery, AC adaptor included (North America only)
True hardwire bypass
Frequency Response: Program Dependent
BBE: Lo Contour +12dB @ 50Hz
Process +12dB @ 10kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: BBE on Max 94dB
BBE on Min 104dB
THD: 0.02% at 1kHz
Noise: BBE on Max -87dBu
BBE on Min -97dBu
Max Signal Level +7dBu
Input Impedance: 1MEG Ohms
Output Impedance: 1K Ohm
* 0dBu = 0.775Vrms
Hardware Bypass: YES
DC inlet: +9VDC min. 200ma
Battery Life: 15 hours