This is a pretty esoteric subject, but I’m hoping a few of the musicians on the boards will know what a BBE Sonic Maximizer is.
I’ve always wondered what this device does, and how it sounds. I’ve read the specs and descriptions. It’s supposed to tighten up the bass, and add a sort of “sheen” and intelligibility to the sound. Well, I’ve never knowingly heard one in operation to compare it to unprocessed sound. I wonder if it would be worthwhile to use it on records that I’ve restored. It doesn’t cost much, and I may even be able to get it as a plugin.
If you’ve used one, how much different does the output sound from the input? Does it do its work without using compression or limiting? Is it totally compatible with mono downmixes? That is, when you mix down a stereo recording to mono, is the effect still perfectly audible without any phase cancellations? Is a recording I make using BBE going to sound the same on your stereo as it does on mine? I can think of more questions, but those will do for now.