Tools for the Task: Noise Gate Pedals
June 14, 2019
Keep the sounds you want. Dial out the ones you don’t.
Hiss, hum, or buzz getting you down? Rather than kicking in a speaker, add a noise-gate pedal to your rig and clean that unwanted sonic junk from your signal chain. Here are 10 boxes to consider.
This pedal’s circuit preserves the natural attack and envelope of an instrument’s sound, while its threshold and decay controls allow for shaping the elimination/suppression as desired.
ISP TECHNOLOGIESDecimator II This noise gate features the company’s Linearized Time Vector Processing, designed to provide smooth sustained-note decay that’s virtually free of any release ripple.
Featuring both hard and soft modes of noise reduction, this mini-format pedal has a noise-reduction degree range of -70 dB to +10 dB.
Housing three controls for precise fine-tuning, this pedal delivers up to -70 dB of noise reduction and a release time of 8 ms to 4 seconds.
Promising to come down hard on the noisiest of signals, this pedal’s lone trigger dial allows players to set the volume threshold at which the pedal is active.
The multi-band technology in this TonePrint-enabled pedal focuses on very specific frequencies to reduce noise without compromising core tone.
This true-bypass mini noise-gate pedal is designed to wipe out hiss, unwanted feedback, and pickup buzz by providing up to 65 dB of signal clean-up, while maintaining signal integrity.
This micro-format pedal uses high-speed JFET circuitry to eliminate non-musical sounds, allowing players to crank the volume without worry, even on most high-gain rigs.
This stealthy noise-gate pedal houses a single control for threshold and switchable input sensitivity for loop or front-end application.
CARL MARTINNoise Terminator
Unlike conventional noise gates, this pedal allows a player to switch between two threshold settings: soft for less noisy equipment and hard for when more radical settings are needed.