We missed this in the NAMM scrum earlier this year, but BBE have announced that their prized Sonic Maximizer is now available in 500-series format.
Following the wider trend for adapting existing designs for the popular ‘Lunchbox’ format, BBE have managed to squeeze the same processing engine as their BBE 882i rack-mount model into a much smaller housing. We reviewed the Model 462 SOnic Maximizer 20 years ago in February 1994 (http://sosm.ag/feb94-maximizer)
Regarded by many as a ‘must-have’ tool in the studio, the Sonic Maximizer has been used to enhance recordings for engineers and producers from Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flogging Molly) to Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt) to Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, Alejandro Escovedo). And now, studios with 500-type racks can take advantage of the processor as well.
The SM500 will have an MSRP of $499.