#1
What is the function of a noise gate? is it really necessary...
#2
It depends on how loud and how much distortion you use, as well as the gear you play with.

If you have a strat with single coils like me, you definately want a noise gate.

The function is to stop unwanted humming and noise from the amp when you aren't playing
#3
It depends, if you run ultra high gain and theres large amounts of hum and background noise, then they reduce it.
#4
noisegate is great, dude. My amp used to have so much buzz, but then I turned the noise gate on. Now it's silent.
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#5
Yea if you play anything with a lot of gain in high volume settings (Like a gig), you'll love a Noise Gate. I like the MXR Gate more than the Boss one. The Boss is hard to understand and use practically, too many knobs.

Honestly Noise is Noise. I don't want to cancel NoiseA and some of NoiseB, I want to cancel... well Noise. The MXR has one knob that works beautifully
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#6
do they suck your tone at all though? been thinking about this myself since a gig i played a few days ago
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#7
A good noise gate will not suck all your tone. Think about it this way... with tons of feedback your tone sucks anyway. If you dont have a LOT of feedback though i say dont get it. Just adjust your amp settings and guitar pickups back downed a bit until you get no feedback. It sounds more pure that way with less stuff. But if you are playing hi gain and get lots of feedback then ya need it.
#8
they dont suck tone, but if you set it a certain way it can cut off sustain if you have it one while playing. at least mine does anyways.
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#9
Quote by qotsakyuss
do they suck your tone at all though? been thinking about this myself since a gig i played a few days ago


Not if you get a good one, look into the MXR Smartgate and ISP Decimator line, they both have good reputations and I can personally attest to the ISP line being good; I use mine a lot.
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#10
Quote by Flux'D
Yea if you play anything with a lot of gain in high volume settings (Like a gig), you'll love a Noise Gate. I like the MXR Gate more than the Boss one. The Boss is hard to understand and use practically, too many knobs.

Honestly Noise is Noise. I don't want to cancel NoiseA and some of NoiseB, I want to cancel... well Noise. The MXR has one knob that works beautifully


"Threshold" and "Decay"... way too many knobs - you're right

The Boss NS-2 works wonders if you need something to eliminate feedback and hum!
#11
Noise gate is something I wouldn't want to go cheap on though, just because some of the cheaper ones, like the BOSS, have been accused of sucking out some tone. ISP is probably the best one,
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#12
noise gates a gr8 for reducing feedback, hum, etc, but they reduce sustain. Well mine does.