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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2011
This is a Boss product, which means you are getting a high quality stompbox that is worth every penny. You also have great customer service, and an item which will always hold a high resale value. I have owned TONS of Boss pedals and never disliked any of them. They have always performed up to my expectations.

Now for the NS-2. This is my 2nd one to own and let me tell you, this is an ultimate problem solver. If you have a noisy effects loop, this pedal is equipped to clean that right up. If you need something to mute your signal with the stomp of a foot, this is it. If you are having a lot of noise problems, this is it. Loads of big names use this pedal, one in particular that has always come to my mind is Hatebreed, a band that relies on massive amounts of gain that would probably otherwise be a screaming mess in between breaks in the guitar riffs. But I've seen them, I've seen tons of bands using this pedal and none of them have had noise issues live.

The NS-2 is my last line of defense in my chain. I have a noise gate on my processor, then I go to my rack gear, then the NS-2, then amp. I used to have problems with feedback, especially in small venues and would have to crank the noise gate out on my processor thus killing my tone, sustain, and just destroying my sound. I tried the Decimator by ISP but same problem, constantly having to re-adjust and dime it out and kill my tone. Now the noise gate on my processor is set LOW and the NS-2 is set with the threshold at a little over mid way and the decay control set at about 3 quarters, for a more natural "fade out" effect when I stop playing. That way you don't have an abrupt stop in your sound. You can also switch the pedal over to a MUTE feature so that you can mute your signal. I have no use for this as I have a volume pedal, but its a good extra feature. This pedal stays on at all times whenever I'm playing and is mounted in a shelf in my rack. Set it and forget it. No issues with tone destruction, and the good thing is, you can even turn it off whenever you want if you are worried about it holding back your signal.

It has cleaned up my sound. Breaks have become completely silent, and I have no more amp noise, just the hum of the fan in my amp head is all I can hear. This pedal is a life saver, especially if you have a lot of gear junking up your signal. Its not going to fix electrical problems or anything like that! A lot of rookie guitarists don't understand that some noise isn't their rig at all but their power. Use the right adapters, good cords, and GET A POWER CONDITIONER and you will be just fine. Add the NS-2 to your rig and noise is dead. Period.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
I'm a longtime Boss fan, I have and love several of their pedals. The Chorus Ensemble, several of their OD & Distortion pedals, the DD-7 Delay, and a few others I rotate in on rare occasion. If I could only choose pedals from one company it would definitely be from Boss. I even like how they feel and look.

WITH THAT SAID, there is no longer any reason to buy this particular pedal new. At its price I highly recommend spending a little more on an ISP Decimator II or even the original Decimator. It doesn't siphon off tone like this Boss pedal does, and is much tighter as a downward expander/noise cutter.

First test: One of my guitars is a Warmoth Strat, with a fairly buzzy set of Texas Special single coil pickups. Run it through an OD or two and it's BZZZZZ. Perfect testbed. No contest, the ISP cleaned it all up while NS-2 was just a mediocre gate.

Second test: Metal chug test on a Schecter with EMGs through a Super Distortion through a Mega Distortion on full blast. LOL, not close. ISP kills it.

I know a lot of pedals and music gear are subjective, and everybody thinks their thing is the best, but I'm telling you the ISP is so much better. To the point where I would flat-out disbelieve anyone who says they tried them both and still liked the Boss better. You might find this used for $40 (significantly less than what used Decimator I pedals go for) and that would make sense I guess.

It's had a good run for me and just about everyone else, but this is 1995 tech and it shows. Please at least compare the two at a Guitar Center for yourself before pulling the trigger. Thank me later.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2009
This noise suppressor allows you to run a loop of effects through a send receive setup. It performs a function of closing off final output when signal from the send receive loop drops below a certain level.

I used this item, a compressor, and modifications to my bass to drastically reduce extra noise and hum in my rig.

< Output Unit < Input
< Send < Receive

Output to your amp.
Send to your effects loop input.
Input from your instrument.
Receive from your effects loop output.

Example;
< To Amp < From guitar.

< To Receive < Compressor < Wah Pedal < Fuzz < Equalizer < Send

Send me a comment if you have a question about this unit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
When the Threshold was set to max, the frequency picture was equal to that of a low pass filter being set at 10kHz with a -12db curve. Before you yell "this kills my tone", LPFs actually tighten up and improve the audible mid to upper-midrange frequencies (1~8kHz). Guitars tend to shine in the 500~5kHz range, which makes sense because most (nearly all) guitar speakers are designed with a frequency response of 500Hz~5kHz... so I say all that to say this: the Boss NS-2's apparent LPF is perfectly acceptable (if not desirable) if you're a smart EQ-minded guitarist and know 10kHz and above doesn't really make a difference in the magic of your tone, especially if you're playing the loud and aggressive type of music that noise suppressors are required for.

BOTTOM LINE: If you want a smart Noise Suppressor, then the Boss NS-2 is good to go.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2010
This is a great pedal. It doesn't "process" or "color" the sound, so a lot of people don't really think of getting one.

If you use several pedals or have a noisy pickup on your guitar, you will want one of these. It picks up the nasty humming/buzzing, and removes it....all under your control. You can dial in how sensitive the noise reduction is so you can get the "quiet" you want.

I use several pedals and, when using them alone, they are pretty quiet....however, when I string them together, they start making noise....humming/buzzing.....I added this pedal to my pedal board and the unwanted noises are gone.

Highly recommend!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about this. It's tough for a guitarist to spend $80+ on a pedal that ELIMINATES sound, rather than amplifies it. But once you get over that psychological hurdle, this pedal kicks some serious ass.

I play a Schecter PT Custom and a Fender American strat through a Fender frontman amp, and use an effects set-up with a variety of different dirty pedals (Big Muff, MXR custom badass overdrive) and I was getting some crazy feedback/hum when I'd stop playing, especially with the strat (single coils will do that to you). When I was on my amp's dirty channel and then hit my boost pedal for a solo, for example, the excess noise was unbearable. Same when I kicked on the Big Muff.

This pedal solves those problems quite well. There is absolutely NO lag time - it turns off as soon as you hit the first note. I encourage you to mess with the decay and threshold settings and find the best for you. For me personally, I've got the threshold at about 1 o'clock and the decay at about 2 o'clock, and I love the way it works.

Some will argue that it sucks tone; it may cut your tone a TINY bit, to the point that it's barely noticeable. But that's the beauty of this pedal... when you're at high volume playing with the band, you can turn it off. I only use mine during quieter parts of songs, or in between tunes when I don't want to tick off my bandmates with hum and feedback from my rig.

If you're frustrated by the noise from your amp or effects chain, BUY THIS PEDAL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
This is the first noise suppressor I've ever owned/used. I recently purchased a Marshall JVM 410C. Wonderful amp with plenty of hi-gain channels. A little too much extra noise and squeal on the hi-gain channels on an otherwise awesome amp. Enter the Boss NS-2. I have 5 effects running through the front of the JVM, instead of the effects loop. The only effects I leave out of the loop is the Boss DD-7 Delay (they recommended not to put in the loop) and my Morley Mark Tremonti Wah.
The NS-2 has quieted the squeals without affecting my tone. I don't lose sustain or controlled feedback and the notes do not cut off abruptly. Just put my hand over the strings and instant quiet.
Highly recommended for anyone in need of taming a hi-gain amp!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2010
Boss lives up to its namesake with this pedal. For situations where you are chaining several pedals and experience excess noise, or where you are using heavy distortion pedals - this pedal just like the other folks have said will make your noise vanish. This will be a required pedal for most guitarists. It is an expensive pedal but well worth the investment if you want to save your ears and your sanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2014
I like my Fender Stratocaster and I like the way it sounds through a Blues Driver, Power Stack or a Big Muff Pi pedal and other gain-heavy effects. But with higher gain, these pedals really add to the already noisy nature of the single-coil pick ups on that instrument. This pedal helps get that under control.

As mentioned by others and in the Q&A this isn't a noise reducer, it's not some filtered hum reduction, it's a gate that shuts off the signal at a certain threshold. When you're not strumming any notes, it's pointless to hear that static hum from your speakers. But that static hum is part of what gives your guitar the color of sound it has. Noise has it's place, and when it's put together correctly we call it music. Drowning out the vocalist during their solo isn't one of those places. Dulling your drummers solo with constant static won't get you any points with the band or the crowd. It's worth noting for the sound-novices that this will work against sustain pedals if you chain them incorrectly, or if you don't shut this (true bypass) pedal off.

This pedal is a must-have for noisy pickups. Let the rest of the band be heard over the electric drive of your guitar and effects during quieter songs or parts of songs. Set it up once and forget about it, just have it on all the time and it works wonderfully.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
After owning this for a week and experimenting with it, I'm ready to give a 5-star rating. On the one hand, it's extremely easy to use - once it's set up, the device on "Reduction" mode detects the unwanted noise and mutes it out, usually when there's no significant input from the guitar (you can tweak that with the threshold and decay settings).

On the other hand, you have to do a little bit of planning in advance of where to put this pedal in your setup. There are supposedly two ways this thing works: (1) You put it at the very end of your effects chain, close to one of the last pedals before you Output to your amp; or (2) You put it in the FRONT of your effects chain (closer to the guitar), and then use a separate Send/Return connection to create a "loop" for your noisy pedals (usually distortions, overdrives, compressors, etc.) Delays and reverbs need to actually be placed AFTER the NS-2 in your chain, otherwise the pedal would suppress some of the feint echo effects associated with those pedals.

So far, I've only really noticed the noise reduction working using Method #2. But as long as works, I can't have any complaints about how it needs to be hooked up. And you WILL notice the difference after you get it working. Try a heavy gain distortion and realize how much clearer palm muted or staccato passages sound when you don't have audible buzzing in between notes!

As one of the other reviews said, this isn't a "sexy" pedal to own because it doesn't directly modify your tone. But if you excess noise and need to get a rid of it, the NS-2 is the place to go, and it will make your other pedals sound a whole lot "sexier"!
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