Price paid: C$ 111.67
Purchased from: Long and Mcquade
Sound — 9
I use a Ibanez RGR421EXFM with the stock V8/V7 pickups into a 5150 2x12 combo. At playing level, I would get a TON of unwanted feedback and that was my main concern when setting out for a noise gate. I practiced last night with it and WOW is all I can say. I feel stupid for waiting this long to get a noise suppressor. It is a MUST with any hi gain amp in my opinion. It effectively elminated all feedback even when I was standing 2 feet away from it. I will be using the NS-2 in the "X-pattern" to quiet down the pre-amp hiss as well. Google it if you're not sure what this is. Only quams I have if any is that when holding a sustained note for a long time, it seems to have like a whammy-bar effect. Anyway, definitely works for what it's intended.
Overall Impression — 9
I play heavy droptuned Death Metal ala Black Dahlia, All Shall Perish type stuff and a noise gate is a must for this type of music. I've been playing for roughly 4 years and the band I'm in plays shows regularly. If it were lost or stolen I would definitely buy a new one. I think I would go with an ISP Decimator next time though. Overall, the NS-2 is a great noise suppressing unit for a reasonable price. Highly recommended for anyway seeking to get rid of unwanted noise.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Boss pedals are built road-worthy. Sure they're not "boutique" pedals, but they get the job done and will last a very long time. I will be using this pedal for a show on saturday and I can't wait to see how it performs. I have owned a Boss MT-2 (poopy btw) for like 5 years and it has stood up well so I have no worries about this pedal.
Ease of Use — 10
Well it's pretty simple. There's 2 modes on the NS-2. Reduction mode and mute mode. While playing with the Reduction feature, the NS-2 will not eliminate noise until you step on (engage) the pedal. In mute mode, while the pedal is off it is in effect "on". It eliminates unwanted noise while it is disengaged. When the pedal is "on" in mute mode, it completely eliminates ALL sound. Effectively, muting your signal.