I'm torn! Do you use a Noise Reducer or a Noise Gate? And why?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Spoono Ghiefardi, May 18, 2016.

  1. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    I'm just torn between the two and can't decide on which one to use at the beginning of my chain.
  2. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Not to be a wiseguy, but if you don't know what they do why do you think you need one.

    And if used they wouldn't necessarily be used at the beginning of the chain.
  3. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn

    Aug 3, 2010
    I think your noise reducer is for hum, noise gate is for hiss.
  4. Spoono Ghiefardi

    Spoono Ghiefardi

    Nov 20, 2015
    First, I never said that I didn't know what they did. Second, you can place a compressor anywhere. You can place any pedal anywhere. Not to be a wiseguy, but if you're not going to answer the question then why even post a response?
  5. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Since they perform very different functions - what are you trying to correct?

    And yes they can be placed anywhere in the chain, but again it depends on what you are trying to correct.
  6. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
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  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Here's the thing though--if your noise problem is a high pitched hiss, that needs a different solution than a buzz or a hum. If your noise problem is coming from the bass, that needs a different solution than if the noise is coming from your other pedals. If you aren't sure exactly where the noise is coming from, you need to sort that out before buying anything.

    Let us know exactly what noise you are hearing, and where you think it is coming from, and we can suggest the most ideal solution. I can tell you right away that the answer is probably "have your bass properly shielded" and/or "use an isolated power supply for your pedals".
  8. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    Found this too
  9. Alesis 3632
    I have a noise gate on my compressor. It has come in useful as my Timmy clone (Dano v1 cool cat) is really noisy in conjunction with some pedals, and sometimes even by itself. I adjust the knobs on the gate until the noise is less or gone and the tone isn't affected. Sometimes a compromise, sometimes not. It's all very scientifical.
  10. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    No, I don't use one
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  11. I use a Boss NS-2 but you have to hook it up correctly in the chain for it to work. I too found the light at the end of the tunnel in a You Tube video

    ns2_gal.jpg I only have 3 pedals on my board this a Boss CS-3 and a DI amp modeling pedal
    Last edited: May 19, 2016
  12. EMoneySC2


    Aug 25, 2014
    Minneapolis, MN
    I run a B7K on mostly full tilt in my current band, and while it doesn't happen often, every once and a while I can generate a nasty feedback loop...so to fix that and keep things quiet when I'm not playing I got a TC Electronic Sentry noise gate. I haven't played with it too much, but so far it works well.
  13. TrevorOfDoom


    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Never used a noise gate, never needed to.
    I select all my pedals (including my compressor) to not make undue noise.
    @rtslinger i'm curious why you feel the need to use a supressor if you only have three pedals. Is your comp that noisey? Or your bass?
  14. My CS-3 compressor is most likely one of the nosiest compressors on the planet :) but I like it and I have it for many years. many people mod them for this very reason. How noisy is it, It is so noisy I couldn't play any of my single coil pups using it. without the tone knob bury to the full bass side and little to no sustain. The NS-2 reduced it to a point where it was usable and that is not only great for that, but some club wiring and neon lights can interfere with your equipment this helps bury it as well.
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  15. maisbass

    maisbass Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    I think in order to assist with an answer it would be helpful to understand the reasons why you need either one. And there are some good suggestions above as well if that is your situation.

    Many many years ago I used to use a Boss NS2 pedal as well to tame my Boss CS-3 compressor (which was extremely noisy) and Ibanez tube screamer (my Billy Sheehan days lol). The NS2 is a fantastic pedal and works really well.
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  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    My current signal chain is very silent. I use a noise gate (ISP Decimator) at extreme settings when I want a harsh tone with brutal cutoff, typically in metal situations.
    In the past I have used the NS-2. When used properly with its loop, it is a very efficient tool.
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  17. anavar


    Oct 10, 2013
    my bass tone can beat up your dad's bass tone.
    ISP Decimator for brutal, brick wall noise gating.
    NS2 for looping through a noisy amp (looking at you Peavey 6505+) and reduction in hiss
    TC Sentry for a combo of both

    i use the sentry.
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  18. Some thoughts on the topic from Analogman...

    The above taken (with a sodium-chloride granule) from Analogman's FAQ page.