noise gate

Is this the ultimate metal head for 21st-century tube-amp addicts on a budget?

Great range of heavy tones. Useful effects, IRs, and noise gate. Killer value.

Limited clean-channel headroom. Only three included IRs. Somewhat lackluster reverb.

$1,499

Engl Ironball E606SE Special Edition
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Once upon a time, lunchbox amps intrigued us because of their simplicity, smaller footprint, lighter weight, and the fact that they were more affordable than the big-ass heads that dominated rock for decades. But over the 15 years since Orange's Tiny Terror sent amp makers down this path, mini amps have become progressively more nuanced, diverse, and powerful. Some of the biggest changes have come in just the last year, with intriguing new designs packing both stunning tones and flexible routing and recording capabilities into über-transportable housings. Engl's new Ironball E606SE illustrates this trend wonderfully. Where some lunchbox amps have minimal controls, the high-gain Ironball has 29 knobs, switches, and buttons in a package that's only slightly bigger than Orange's Tiny Terror. At $1,499 street, this EL84-driven 20-watter isn't cheap, but even amidst an increasingly crowded field, it stands out for its sheer number of features and bang-for-buck ratio.

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Two completely separate channels of noise reduction in a single unit.

Battle Creek, MI (May 15, 2015) -- Long the world standard in guitar noise reduction with its Hush line of products, Rocktron has introduced a new twist with the Hush 2X.

Essentially a “double Hush”, the 2X model offers two completely separate channels of Hush noise reduction in a single small unit designed to sit on top of guitar amplifiers or in a rack drawer, freeing up space on a player’s pedal board.

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Like all Mooer pedals, the Audio Killer is true bypass and housed in a small all-metal housing.

Oxnard, CA (December 5, 2013) -- The new Mooer Noise Killer is designed for those rig configurations that buzz or hiss when certain pedals are added in or certain amps are used. It eliminates unwanted noise and feedback without impacting sustain, attack or shortening notes. It has two working modes for hard or soft effect of noise threshold. The threshold itself is easily adjusted from -70db to +10db. And like all Mooer Audio micro pedals it has true bypass and all metal housing.

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