Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Clifford-D, Apr 27, 2016.
Looking forward to eliminating the ac buzz.
What's a good gate?
The MXR SmartGate eliminates the 60 cycle buzz from my Strats(my Historic Les Pauls make more noise than these) with the switch in the FULL position and the knob completely counter clockwise.....basically it's lowest setting.
I highly recommend the ISP Decimator. I used to play with a lot more gain than I do today and the ISP was a staple on my board. It does exactly what you want it to do and does not color your tone. I sold mine recently and if I ever went back to playing high gain, I would snag one in a heartbeat.
MXR Smart Gate excels at not cutting off the wrong things.
I just spent two weeks researching noise gates. It seems like the broad consensus is that the ISP Decimator, Boss NS-2, and MXR Smart Gate are well respected options.
I ended up going with an EHX Silencer because they are amazingly cheap (even new) and I couldn't get excited about spending like $200 on something as boring as a noise gate. That one is working out well for me but the gate doesn't close as fast as some others so if you're working with really high gain, you'd probably hear the "hiss" for a second before it shut. (No good for metal.) Otherwise I'm happy with it.
I have the TC Sentry. Pretty awesome pedal.
I use an ISP Decimator II on one board and BOSS NS-2s on two other boards.
The ISP better preserves high end. The threshold on the BOSS has a smooth, predictable taper, whereas the ISP is more of a sweet spot proposition. I can get dead quiet with the BOSS without sacrificing sustain, but the ISP clips sustain a bit in order to get dead quiet; to preserve sustain fully, I need to allow a slight (more or less negligible) amount of noise to pass through with the ISP.
My opinion is that either is fine in the real world, although I slightly prefer the BOSS. Either is miles better than than the conventional gates and Rocktron Hush units and whatnots that I started experimenting with in the 80s.
My favorite is the ones with loops, using the clean signal as a sidechain, isntead of just gating the noisy signal
^^^ This ^^^
The side chain is crucial for this application, IMO. It lets you set the threshold very low, because you don't have to get it above the post-dirt noise level.
This. With the toneprint editor you can zero in on the exact noise frequency.
Boss NS-2. It's never let me down.
Yeah and I haven't even gotten to that yet. This pedal makes me feel pretty stupid. The frequency thing feels over my head a bit. For $95 brand new this is one of my best purchases.
Does the Sentry digitize your whole signal in order to function at such precise frequencies?
Smart gate, mooer noise killer... Work awesome and are inexpensive. Peaked my curiosity about Tc. Is that the case w digitizing?
ISP Decimator, if you use your amp's FX loop get the G-String model.
I usually don't mind some hum and can minimize it by keeping guitar volume down, but I have had luck with the Zvex Loop Gate. You put your whole pedal chain in the loop and your guitar signal (via a threshold control), opens the gate. So in between, you get absolutely zero noise.
Boss NS-2 I've had one on my Board for years ... Dirt in the Loop and have never had any tone suck..
Boss NS-2. It works,so I didn't go looking for anything else.