Reviews and Problems with BBE Sound Boosta Grande 20db Clean Boost Pedal
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Nah, get the MXR Micro Amp!
2 February 2012
Summary: I've tried them all for under 100 clams and the BBE Boosta Grande is not the one. First off, it adds bass and muddles your high-end clarity. It also sounded artificial to me. A very "transistor-y" character, and doesn't pack as much gain as the Micro Amp. The MXR doesn't color your tone, it maintains your clarity and harmonics and adds a touch of compression so you just get more "punch", more "crank". Just listen to Gilby Clarke.
Summary: I'll go ahead and assume you already know what a clean boost pedal does, and I'll say that when it works this one is perfectly competent. Unfortunately, that doesn't matter much when it doesn't want to work. Took it out of the box, noticed right away that the volume knob doesn't travel properly. It hangs up in the middle six or so out of the entire range of ten.
Summary: Maybe I got a bad one, but it did not do very well in my setup. I tried it on my pedal board and isolated, as well as with the provided power supply, 1spot and battery. To start, I'm not a fan of the fact that it's huge. A clean boost has a relatively small circuit, and should not take up as much space as my TC Electronic Noa Delay. It also added tons of nasty noise. Not what I would call clean gain at all.
Summary: This product works well. It makes your input sound louder. My bass has a good sound but low output, and without this, I have to turn the amp WAY up and get lots of static/hum in the process, which is not good. Luckily, this fixed the problem. Before, I was using a Bifet Preamp, which is very archaic, and sounds good, but cuts certain high frequencies in the process of boosting the volume.
Summary: This pedal does one thing and does it exactly right. I play acoustic instruments (guitar and dobro) so when I wanted more volume for a lead I had to reach over to my pre-amp(mounted on my mic stand), increase the volume, play, them reverse it for backup. With this pedal, I set the increase I want and step on the switch. There's no pop when it goes on or off, it just provides the increased volume I need. Simple, easy, and exactly right.