Originally Posted by DiabolusInMusic
It does work without being in the loop, it works better in the loop in my experience. Personally I recommend you ditch the NS-2 altogether, it is a tone sucker.
Agreed on tone sucking
I still use one but have it in it's own effects loop with a hardwire cm-2 and boss eq to boost the overdrive/make the od sound right with out having to change the eq on the bass.
OP - consider the loop bypass if you don't want your tone messed with when not using the dirt, but want your setup to be quiet when the dirt is on but not being used. I actually have one from loop master with led. I will let you have it in an odd yet quite intriquing deal if you are interested. Pm me if you are.