noise gate

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by I.'.I.'.Nakoa, Apr 7, 2001.

  1. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
    what are the bad effects of a noise gate? how do they affect you tone or vulme level??
  2. AssMan


    Dec 2, 2000
    Minnesota, USA
    None except that they eliminate noise when you're not playing or in-between notes. They can cut off the end of a note if you let it ring, but there are usually sensitivity or level controls on the gate. If it's a bad gate, or it's not set properly, it's engagement can be obvious, which usually isn't a big deal if you're not listening for it. My BFX 708 has gate in it that works great. My Carvin has a noise-gate too, but it works really slow, and takes 4 seconds to fully engage, it kind of trails off the noise and makes it quiet when I'm not playing, which is nice.

    They don't affect your tone, or shouldn't. Depending on how you set the gate, it won't affect your volume. The gate only engages at the very end of your note when the notes volume reaches a certain level, which is adjustable, otherwise it's off and waiting for the vol. to drop so it can turn on.