Hey guys, does a Noise gate belong in the effects loop, or in the direct signal to the amp?
Try it in both - different people find different positions better.
Actually, where are you putting your distortion/overdrives? If you have them in the direct signal, yes, keep the noise gate in the direct signal as well, but if you have the distortion/overdrive in your loop, you might want to try putting your noise gate in there as well.
It can go either way. You need to figure out whether your noise problem is a result of the guitar or a result of the preamp. Also if you clean up the dry guitar signal, the noise won't be amplified. If you clean up the signal after the preamp, you will be amplifying the guitar noise and might require a higher threshold on the noise gate, which could start to color your tone. Probably the best idea is to run something like the ISP Decimator ProRackG which is a 2 channel unit that sits both in front of the amp and in the loop while tracking the signal from one to the other. The downside is it's cost prohibitive and it's a rackmount unit which makes it difficult to bypass if you aren't using a rack rig. The closest option is the Decimator G String which is a single channel pedal that also sits both in front of the amp and in the loop but puts the noise reduction in the loop and tracks the dry guitar signal as a reference.
Try both. There's no definite answer to that, it depends on what works for you. In front of amp works for some people, effects loop for others.
Well its only when i overdrive my amp with a screamer or something so im gonna keep it in direct signal