The Important Role of Noise Gate Pedal For The Guitarist
Noise Gate Pedal – Have you ever heard of the noise gate effect pedal? Some may still be foreign. The function of the noise gate is actually simple: it eliminates unwanted noise. Just for your knowledge, the way a noise gate works is by turning off or lowering the amount of the audio signal as soon as the signal drops past a certain amplitude point, at which point the user can set that point. This overly technical explanation may be easier to understand when you try a noise gate later.
In general, a noise gate pedal always has a setting knob that is almost always present in every noise gate, namely the threshold knob, whose function is to adjust the amplitude point where the noise gate will work. In addition to the threshold knob, some noise gates are also generally equipped with additional knobs that function to adjust how aggressively a noise gate will work (turn off or lower the signal), which this knob is named ‘decay’.
Using a noise gate, in my opinion, can be said to be easy and difficult. Because if we set the wrong, it will have a big effect on the way we play our instruments. One of the most obvious effects of setting the wrong noise gate is the reduced sustain of our instrument and also a change in the tone of our overall sound. The thing to remember when using a noise gate is that this object serves to remove unwanted noise, not improve our sound. In the following, we will discuss some of the noise gate pedal functions.
- Remove Hum – One problem that a noise gate can easily solve is removing the hum from our guitars. As we know, single-coil pickups are more susceptible to noise, especially hums, and a noise gate can handle this without sacrificing the guitar’s sustain. We can simply set the threshold of the noise gate to be quite low. So that when we stop playing the guitar, the noise gate will immediately work to cut the humming sound. Maybe we will realize that actually, the hum sound is still there when we play our guitar because that is how the noise gate works, it will only turn off the signal when the signal drops below the threshold level that we set. And when we play our instrument (where the signal is greater than the threshold level we set), the noise gate will stop working.
- Noisy Pedals – The noise gate can also reduce the noise generated by other pedals such as overdrive, distortion, compressor, etc. Which is usually caused by various factors such as poor wiring, or old soldering, poor electrical ground, etc. Actually, the first step to eliminating noise (caused by pedals) is to use an “isolated” power supply (see the previous article). In addition, noise can also be reduced by using quality cables for the connectors between the pedals that we use
For friends who have started to intend to present a noise gate in the series of effects, here are some noise gates that you can use as a reference:
Some Best Noise Gate Pedal
1.BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor
With the quality of the BOSS brand, many people know it, and also the ‘attractive’ price. This noise gate is arguably the most widely used noise gate by guitarists compared to other noise gates.
2. ISP Technology DECIMATOR II
The next Best Noise Gate Pedal is ISP Technology Decimator II. With a simple feature, which only provides one threshold knob. This noise gate works very well to remove noise from the gear we use, and the important point is that almost no tone changes even if we set the threshold high enough. Even so, this noise gate is arguably a ‘premium’ option and may not be an attractive option for those who have a limited budget.
3. MXR M135 Smart Gate
As the name suggests, the MXR smart gate can indeed function smartly and is also a noise gate option that is widely used by professional guitarists like Eddie Van Halen and Slash.
4. Behringer NR300 Noise Reducer
You could say this is a clone of the BOSS NS-2, with the same features. This noise gate pedal is the right choice for those of you who have a limited budget or those of you who want to just explore noise gates. although the construction isn’t as solid as other pedals, it does a pretty good job of dealing with noise despite a decrease in overall tone quality. However, from an economical point of view, this noise gate pedal deserves to be on the list.
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5. Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger
The next Best Noise Gate Pedal is Electro Harmonix Hum Debugger. With the true bypass feature, maybe this pedal is more suitable to remove noise from our guitars than to eliminate the noise caused by other pedals.
You could say having a noise gate is not a must, because maybe some friends have come across cases of guitarists who don’t use a noise gate. But for those of you who are or are going to build a pedalboard, a noise gate in your effects series will be very helpful, even though you won’t always use it later, but who knows the stage conditions later.