The Noise Clamp detects the amount of noise present in your bypassed guitar-tone, and lowers the hiss and extremities to that level when pedals in the Noise Clamp’s effects loop are engaged.
Clamp On, Clamp Off
The Noise Clamp was designed for players with a lot of pedals in their signal chain—especially where overdrives and distortions are stacked on top of one another. The Noise Clamp doesn’t operate like a traditional noise gate, which cuts the background noise of a whole chain, often at the expense of the guitar’s tone. Instead, the Noise Clamp detects the amount of noise present in your bypassed guitar-tone, and lowers the hiss and extremities to that level when pedals in the Noise Clamp’s effects loop are engaged.
Using the Noise Clamp could not be easier. Simply chain your more unruly effects into the pedal’s Send and Return jacks, and connect your guitar and amp to the Input and Output jacks. Normally, the loop is always active, even when the pedal is off. Though you can set the loop to work only when the pedal is engaged by flipping a little switch inside the pedal. A knob to control the volume threshold of the gate is the only control on the Noise Clamp’s face.
I’ll Use the Clamps on Ya!
Using a 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom into a 2011 Mesa/Boogie Multi-Watt Dual Rectifier, I connected a Fulltone OCD overdrive, Big Muff NYC reissue fuzz, and a Strymon El Capistan delay and played my guitar dry for a few notes. After stomping on the bypass switch, I gradually brought up the Trigger knob and tried to find the sweet spot where the noisy feedback of the OCD juicing the Big Muff disappeared, but the delay’s trails continued to come through smoothly. It was really quite miraculous how well the Noise Clamp pulled out the screeching feedback. But I had to be careful not to set the Trigger control too high with this high-gain setup—at around 3 o’clock, individual notes were subject to a little latency. Higher settings caused the notes to die out with a strange squelching sound.
To see just how well the pedal would handle an even noisier rig, I setup a Fender ’65 Twin Reverb reissue with a 2011 Fender Standard Stratocaster, and ran a Boss Metal Zone in the pedal’s loop. The Noise Clamp didn’t cut out the natural 60-cycle hum of the Stratocaster’s pickups that much—a beautiful thing. But it tightened up the tone of the Boss’ pedal considerably. If pickup noise is part of the noise that bugs you most, you might be better off with a dedicated noise gate. But it’s remarkable how well the Noise Clamp can selectively squelch noise elsewhere in the chain.
MXR’s new Noise Clamp is a great choice for players looking to reign in the feedback and noise issues that are inevitable from stacking overdrive units. It isn’t a typical noise gate, so it won’t quiet down a noisy amplifier or pickups. But if you’re less affected by the inherent noise of your guitar and favorite amplifier, the Noise Clamp can do wonders.
you like to stack drive and fuzz pedals, but can’t deal with wild feedback problems.
you need a traditional noise gate to cut out background hiss from a noisy amp.
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA
MLA Pedals AC/OD - Music & Demo by A. Barrero
Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
- Upgraded materials, including a water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell, plush inner lining and new reflective trim for maximum backstage and night visibility
- Enhanced protection with a shockproof shell structure and heavy-duty water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements
- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
- Flexible storage options with added space for touring essentials