I have an SD-1 and I'm going to get a noise gate too (not sure what kind, decimator maybe). I was wondering, would it be best to run them through my fx loop? I've heard that you get the best tone when your signal is straight from the guitar to the amp.
Depends on the effect. Wahs and other pitch/tone shifters such as whammy pedals sound best between the guitar and the amp (Wah in the loop sounds really shrill when you rock it forward). Stuff like delays, chori, and other modulation pedals should go in the fx loop. With a distortion pedal, try it either way. With an overdrive, though, you'd want it before the amp.
And where would the noise gate go? loop?
yeah...noise gate should be the last thing before the power amp.